8 Ways To Brighten Up Dark Underarms

8 Ways To Brighten Up Dark Underarms

Wondering how to get rid of dark underarms? Not only do they make you feel conscious while wearing sleeveless clothes, but also while wearing a swimsuit or going to a salon for other treatments. You might have noticed that famous deodorant brands are running campaigns that promise to whiten underarms. However, getting rid of darker underarms is not as easy as we think it is.

Top Ways To Brighten Up Dark Underarms:

1 Waxing Or Electrolysis
2 Lemon Juice
3 Lightening Masks
4 Potato and cucumber
5 Saffron Mixture
6 Less Usage of deodorants
7 Try Sandalwood and Rose Water
8 Whitening Scrubs

1.  Waxing Or Electrolysis

The biggest reason for dark underarms is shaving or using hair removal creams. Instead, try waxing. It will hurt more, but at least the hair will be removed from the root and your underarms will appear fairer immediately. Waxing also works as an exfoliating method. For those who want to get rid of underarm hair for good, electrolysis is another permanent option. In time, the darkened patches under the arm will lighten.

2.  Lemon Juice

One of the most effective ways to lighten underarms is to rub them with lemon juice every day before taking a bath. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and will slowly lighten the area. After your bath, use moisturizer to soften the skin and skip the deodorant for a few days.

3.  Lightening Masks

To get rid of dark underarms, make a homemade whitening pack or buy one at the market. If you want to prepare the mask at home, mix a handful of gram flour with yogurt, lemon and a little turmeric powder. Keep it for 15-20 minutes, and then wash it off. If you want to buy a readymade mask – try any clay-based lightening skin mask.

4.  Potato and cucumber

Potato also works as a natural bleaching agent. You can either rub underarm skin with thinly sliced potatoes, or grate the potato and apply the juice to the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash. You will notice that soon the underarm skin appears to be lighter in colour. Similarly, you can grate a cucumber and apply the juice under your arms.

5.  Saffron Mixture

An effective home remedy that works in two ways is mixing a pinch of saffron in two spoonfuls of milk or cream and applying to the underarms before bed. Keep this for the whole night, and wash off the next morning. Not only does this lightens the underarms, but also kills all germs and bacteria that cause underarm odour.

6.  Less Usage of deodorants

Since we know that your deodorant or antiperspirant could be the reason you have darker underarms, give them a miss. Instead, try natural remedies to combat body odour for a few days. You can mix baking soda with a little water and wipe the underarms with this solution. Anti-fungal powders and alum are also great alternatives. Once your underarms look lighter, shift to specialised whitening deos or deos made especially for sensitive skin.

7.  Try Sandalwood and Rose Water

Another great way to treat dark underarms naturally is to create a paste of sandalwood with rose water. While the sandalwood has lightening properties, the rose water will cool down the skin and make it softer. Leave the paste for a few minutes before washing it off and use this every day to see a difference.

8. Whitening Scrubs

If your dark underarms are a result of dead cell accumulation, the best way to treat this is to use whitening scrubs. Select a scrub for sensitive skin, such as Nivea, St Ives and Everyuth Naturals.

However, to understand how to get rid of dark underarms, you first need to understand the causes.

Top 6 Causes For Dark Armpits:

It comes as no surprise that so many women have dark underarms, because there are more than a few factors that contribute to this problem.

1 . Shaving

When you use a razor to shave, you cut off hair just below the surface of the skin. Shaving results in unsightly stubble, which gives the illusion that you have darker underarms. The same goes for hair removal creams like Anne French or Veet. Both of these also remove hair on the surface only, which makes the underarms look darker. The fact that shaving results in ingrown hair also further contributes to the problem. Instead, try waxing as it removes the hair from the root itself.

2 . Dead Cells

Darker underarms could very well be the result of dead cells accumulation on your underarms. All you need to do is exfoliate gently, either by using a loofah or scrubs with lactic acid.

3 . Using Deodorants and Antiperspirants Excessively

Many theories reveal that the chemical compounds in strong deodorants could be the reason for darker underarms. This leads to pigmentation, which can result in permanently darker armpits. To change that, use deos for sensitive skin or resort to natural methods for dealing with underarm odour.

4 . Friction

Sometimes, when we wear tight clothes on a daily basis, the friction between the material and your armpits can lead to darkening. To reverse the damage, switch to looser clothes and fabrics that breathe easily in the summer. Basically, fat accumulated under the arm rubs against fabric and causes darkening. Losing weight will also help.

5 . Hereditary Factors

Sometimes, hereditary factors can be the cause for darkened underarms. It could be excessive weight gain, hormonal factors that result in pigmentation or even the use of birth control pills. In such cases, visit the doctor to get professional advice as your problem is much deeper than just dark underarms.

6 . Diabetes

What many people don’t realize is that diabetes also causes pigmentation, resulting in darker underarms. The best way to deal with this is to maintain optimum insulin levels and try natural remedies.

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71 Responses

  1. Gandreti says:

    Nice information. Thanks:-)

  2. Name *shuganti says:

    it really really very useful:)

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Gr8 information:-) thanks a ton

  4. Ruzlyn says:

    is it okay that i will use olay moisturizer to skip the dry skin on my underarm??

    im just a cheap person cant afford for the things that you have said but is it ok that i will just use lemon and the moisturizer i have no money!!!?

  5. Naomi says:

    What is the alternative for gram flour? Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

  6. joyline says:

    really needed a advice thnx for the site ill surely try it

  7. Yazmin says:

    Thanks this is really useful 🙂

  8. Xihlamariso says:

    Thanks for these awesome tips . . . most people do not have a clue what actually causes the dark underarms, and I like that you have laid it out so nicely, from what causes them to what can be done to get rid of them. great post!

  9. Shallu says:

    Great info… thanx a lot for the advice, will definitely try… 🙂

  10. Arifa says:

    Great information…will try

  11. jeannette says:

    very nice. the advises isnt that costly. Hope this works. thanks much

  12. nEy says:

    thanks..i will try those natural ways.

    IS IT REALLY works using that nivea

  13. JM says:

    Can the moisturizer prevent the bad odor ?

  14. Rio says:

    Ow many days/weeks till it get whiter if I’m using the potato?

  15. Regine says:

    What kind of moisturizer should I use? My armpit is REALLY REALLY sensitive, and I’ve also asked some of my friends of how to get rid armpit hair without darkening my armpits furthermore. She said that waxing is quite difficult because you need someone who really knows how to wax if not the armpit hair will just grow uglier. What should I do? PLEASE HELP!

    • Waxing removes tanning. It pains when done for the first time but is much better than the hair removal creams. Visit a good salon(or where you usually go/your friend goes). And you can also try the above mentioned tips.

  16. Anagha says:

    Such a useful tips

  17. abegailjoyce says:

    Can I use calamansi instead of lemon? 🙂

    • Swapnil Ghildiyal says:

      Yes you can use Calamansi juice instead of Lemon juice as both of them contains bleaching properties.

  18. shalu sharma says:

    Does it really work? bcz i m so worried about this,i can’t wear sleeveless clothes… what is the best method naturally which can remove darkening fast…….?????

    • Swapnil Ghildiyal says:

      Hi Shalu,
      The best and the easiest way to reduce darkening of underarms is to rub them with lemon juice everyday before taking bath.

  19. Name *Pravitha says:

    Useful Information… Thanks:) will try.

  20. aleena says:

    any alternative for saffron?

  21. sunaina says:

    does this work???

  22. SK says:

    Does epilation of underarms worsen dark underarms?

    • Swapnil Ghildiyal says:

      Hi SK,
      If you are using branded epilators, you need not fear. However, make sure that you clean, scrub and moisturize your underarms and not shave them much.

  23. Sara says:

    The potato and cucumber tip has really worked for me.

  24. shaina says:

    I tried this lemon remedy…its realy nice and feel free to use..

  25. annie says:

    ya it is really very useful for me….thanks a lot for this informative post.

  26. Shivani says:

    thanks…hope these will for me…

  27. Shivani says:

    thanx..hope these will work 4 me..

  28. Cristy says:

    Why don’t you combine some of these remedies? For example, blend lemon juice, cucumber, and potato with cream or milk, as well as scrubbing, waxing, and then moisturizing? I highly suggest doing this at night, so you can leave off the deodorant and give your skin several hours to soak in the lotion or whatever you put on it. I’ve done waxing, but it leaves your skin sensitive at times, so body oils are much better than lotions, since oils have less chemicals than lotion.

  29. d says:

    Can i use tweezers instead of wax? Thanks:)

  30. Loiwannagetridofthesepatches! says:

    I dnt ever use deodrants. But i do shave. I consulted d dermotoligist and guess what? He didnt gave me any cream to lighten it. Instead he said i’ve fungal infection. I used d dusting powder he gave but it shows no sign of development. I read abt using jhonsonbaby oil. And i’ve started using it, hoping for gud results. Also abt d lemon thing i used it fo a week but it showed no sign 🙁 iam thinking of trying potatoes. But hw can we make juice of it? Pls iam sick of this dark patches.

  31. Gelyn says:

    Is it okay to use Veet? It’s a wax that my Auntie often bought.

  32. shamz says:

    thank u very much for the advice hope it works and i will give it a try and hopefully it will work.
    thank u very much 🙂

  33. Jennifer Hutchins says:

    hey, how do we prepare the lemon? should i just slice it up and rub it around my underarm, and leave it for how long?

    • Hey, you’ll be glad it’s that easy! Just slice a lemon into two, take one half and squeeze it little by little on the area and rub it with the same, for 15-20 minutes or you could also squeeze it into a bowl and apply the juice on your underarms and wash it off after 20 minutes.

  34. Abitha says:

    Does it really works?

  35. shahrukh says:

    Thanks for the helpful information.

  36. Lolry says:

    Does lime work like lemon?

  37. anliza says:

    not that good wouldnt try it again

  38. pradeep rajput says:

    Great information.
    It works.
    Thanks a lot..

  39. Anita Nadar says:

    Simple steps to combat darkening….I m going to try surely..hope this is useful…as i m dealing with dark underarms for quite some time nw..i hv stopped wearing sleeveless dresses

  40. paige says:

    im really got bad black underarm had it for like 10years i never wear a singlet or shortarm clothes wish cn come off what should i use? plz help me,,

    • Hi Paige…You can start with the above mentioned home remedies like using lemon juice, potato, cucumber or sandalwood. These would surely help. And don’t use hair removal creams for the armpit. They will just keep darkening the skin.

  41. Danielle says:


    May we ask if what kind of wax are we going to use?

    Can you give us idea what brand of wax.

    Thank you 🙂

  42. lovely says:


    thanks for that wonderful information , i hope it helps me

    how if i need to use deodorant?
    cause my underarm is weat ..

    please help me ,

  43. Victoria G says:

    Would lemon juice (from the bottle) work or does it have to be from a freshly squeezed lemon

  44. Okky Handayani says:

    Is this applicable to inner thigh/ butt cleft?

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