How to lighten underarm skin – Get rid of dark armpits

Underarm may be defined as the hollow portion below the joint of the arm with the body. If you wear a sleeveless blouse, the underarm may get darken. This is not any sort of disease or any medical condition. The darkness in the armpit may appear due to the exposure to ultraviolet rays.   Now; people intend to get rid of dark armpits. Now, the question is how to get rid of dark armpits. There are some home remedies that can remove the darkness of the armpits.


How to treat dark underarms at home

  • Regular shaving
  • Use of hair removal cream
  • Sweating excessively
  • Uses of deodorants based on alcohols
  • Accumulation of the dead skin cells

There are some medical conditions which may result in black armpits. The conditions are like cancer, insulin resistance, hormonal disorders, obesity, and certain medications. The medical condition may be termed as acanthosis and if the black armpit is caused by the condition, then you should consult the doctor for treatment after diagnosis.

Home remedies

There are some tips available for a home remedy which is effective, affordable, natural and also safe.


It has got some bleaching properties with mild action. It does not have strong action and it does not cause irritation. Apply the grated potato or slice of potato on underarm and wait for 15 minutes to get it dry. Wash the area with warm water.


It is antiseptic antibacterial and natural bleaching agent. Various solutions regarding skin may be solved by lemon. The darkness in underarm can be removed by application of lemon. It may dry your skin and so after the remedial action is over, you may apply moisturizer on the affected parts.

Take a piece of lemon and rub in the dark underarm for few minutes and leave it for 10-15 minutes. When the juice will be dried out, wash it off readily. If you need a better form of exfoliation, you may add a sprinkle of sugar on the lemon wedge and rub it. Repeat the process few times a week.


How to lighten underarm skin

It is natural bleaching agent to lighten the dark colored skin. Apply the grated or slice of cucumber on the underarm. The juice will be dried up on your skin. You can do it once or twice daily for beneficial results.

Another method may be applied to take an extract of cucumber and mix it with turmeric powder. Add it lemon juice. Apply well on the affected parts for lightening the dark area of underarm. Get it dried and wait for 30 minutes. After that, you wash well the area. Apply the home remedy once daily to remove the dark area on the underarm.

Orange peel

It has got the properties to lighten your underarm. Take off some orange peel and get it dried in the sun for few days. Crush the peel and mix with rose water and milk. Apply the paste of scrub on your affected area of underarm. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Wash it with cold water.

Coconut oil

It is another agent which can help in lightening the dark underarm. Coconut oil contains vitamin E and helps in lightening the skin tone. Apply the oil to the affected area and massage well and leave for half an hour. Wash the oil with mild soap and lukewarm water.

Baking soda

It can be used as an exfoliating scrub. Apply the paste of baking soda and water on the underarm. Wait for some time and wash it off. It will lighten the skin tone of underarm.

Treatment for medical conditions

Homemade scrubs to lighten underarms

There are some medical conditions where discoloration of underarm may happen. These may be high insulin level, obesity, type 2 diabetes. Another skin disorder is hyperpigmentation which is caused by secretion of excessive melanin. These sort of conditions may create discoloration of underarm. Besides these excessive sweating, usage of deodorants may build up the discoloration of underarm.

This sort of conditions may be treated with some chemical cream or ointment which is purposely produced for skin lightening treatment.  The cream contains chemical bleaching agent to lighten the skin tone. The components may be some active ingredients like retinoid, hydroquinone, and mercury. These are sold with the instructions that you should not use the cream continuously for more than six months. This cream may work on the principle with the concept to produce less melanin which is the enzyme for the natural pigment of skin.

Other options for lightning underarm


One of the main causes darkening of underarm is the shaving or application hair remover cream. But, these are not permanent solutions. You can go for waxing which will remove the hair from the root. This process will lighten the darkness immediately. The dark patch will decrease in time.

Sandalwood with rose water

Apply a paste of sandalwood and rose water on the underarm. This has got skin lighten property. After using for some period; you can observe the appreciable change in lightening the underarm.

Whitening scrub

How to smoothen underarm pits

The dark patch on underarm is due to the accumulation of dead cells. The best way to treat this is to use some scrub for sensitive skin. This will remove the dead cells resulting in lightening the skin on the underarm.

Reduce usage of deodorants

It has been observed that too much usage of deodorant may create the dark patch in the underarm. Give these off for some days and try to provide natural remedies for body odor. You can use alum and anti-fungal powder as alternatives.