Do You Have Dark Underarms?
It might be a problem you didn’t know you have, but dark underarms are a problem to a lot of people, especially those people living in warmer climates.
In the hot weather women will often choose to wear skimpy vests or strappy tops in order to keep cool. You are quite probably one of these women.
Because you’re a good gal you’ve made sure to shave your armpits to get rid of the hair and have applied deodorant to take care of any sweating and odor throughout the day.
But have you really taken a good look at your underarms after all that?
Many women do and realise they have dark armpits.
In fact, it’s so embarrassing for some women that they would rather not wear vest tops or clothing that exposes their shoulders and underarms because they do not want anyone to see their dark armpits.
Dark armpits are usually more visible on light-skinned people where the skin discoloration shows more easily.
It can lead to a lack of confidence and self-esteem.
So if you are one of those people then you need to do something about that.
What Causes Dark Armpits?
The number 1 cause of dark armpits is the result of shaving them.
Of course, if you don’t shave, that will lead to hair growing in your underarms which will give you another problem! I’m assuming your shave your arms before we go on!
Shaving the armpits aggravates the skin. This causes things like razor burn, rashes and bumps.
This then leads to dark spots which give the “dark underarm” appearance.
Your armpit hygiene is also very important.
Other factors causing dark armpits include:
- Rubbing of tight clothes against the underarm skin
- Dead skin cells (not exfoliating regularly)
- Allergic reactions to deodorants and skincare products
- Medical reactions (e.g. androgen-based contraceptives, Type II diabetes etc.). If you suspect any medical reaction then please get checked out immediately by a doctor before you do anything else.
What You Can Do To Eliminate Dark Armpits
The first thing you should do is remove all the dead skin cells by gently exfoliating the underarms.
Get into a routine of doing this 2-3 times per week while in the shower.
Use a mild hypoallergenic exfoliator or body scrub and gently rub your underarms in the shower before rinsing off.[TIP: try to find an exfoliating scrub that is “paraben” free. This means that your skin will not absorb any nasty chemicals. The more natural you can make it, the better].
Next, take a good look at the deodorant you have been using.
It is widely-believed that alum chloride (a common ingredient in deodorants) can react with sweat to cause stains on both your clothes and your skin. If you wear a white shirt regularly you may be familiar with these underarm stains on your clothing.
Ditch the deodorant if it contains alum chloride and choose a more natural one.
Want an alum-free deodorant recommendation?
Finally, choose a good product specifically-designed to whiten underarms.
If you want to buy a product, my recommendation is PFB Vanish + Chromabright. Read all about PFB Vanish on this site.
Alternatively, try a home remedy underarm whitening treatment. You can do any one of these using storecupboard ingredients.
Re-Examine Your Underarm Shaving Technique
If you shave your armpits with a razor you won’t be able to remove the hair below the skin surface.
If you are dark-haired that means you will still be able to see the hairs in the follicles at the skin surface. Think of the “5 o’clock shadow”.
To remove the hair below the surface try instead to use a specialist hair removal cream.
BUT, when choosing your hair removal cream make sure that it is as natural as you can get. You don’t want to get any reactions from it.
AND ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!
The next step up from a hair removal cream is to go to a beautician for electrolysis.
With electrolysis, tiny electrical impulses are applied to the hair follicles beneath the skin layer which releases the hair so that it falls out.
Because you are removing the entire hair (and not just the hair that is above the skin surface) then you won’t see any hairs at all after the treatment is complete.
The treatment is usually permanent and your hairs won’t grow back again.
The downside is that it can be expensive and the fact that it is “permanent” puts some women off doing it. It kills your hair follicles so that hair cannot re-grow which is something that people find difficult to think about
It’s all a matter of personal choice.
Overall, there is a lot you can do about your dark armpits.
Make sure you exfoliate regularly
Choose a good deodorant.
Use a good whitening product, or a skin whitening home remedy.
Pick your best method of shaving.
And keep it all as natural and as anti-allergenic as you can.