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How to lighten dark underarm skin

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8 Korrik 2024

How to lighten dark underarm skin

If during the winter we did not pay much attention to the color of the skin under the armpits, during the summer the opposite happens. Like other parts of the body, the skin under the armpits can darken or discolor. Here are the reasons why the skin darkens in this area:

- chemical irritants in deodorants and antiperspirants
- irritation caused by shaving
- accumulation of dead skin cells due to infrequent exfoliation
- friction caused by tight clothing
- hyperpigmentation, such as increased melanin
- melasma, or dark spots on skin
- acanthosis nigricans, a skin pigmentation disorder associated with diabetes, obesity and abnormal hormone levels
- other skin disorders that can cause darkening
- erythrasma, a bacterial skin infection
- Addison's disease, which it can happen when you have a damaged adrenal gland
- smoking, which increases hyperpigmentation

First steps to lighter underarms

1. Change your deodorant or antiperspirant.
2. Stop shaving. Try waxing or laser hair removal instead.
3. Exfoliate. Apply a light scrub to the underarm area two to three times a week.
4. Wear loose clothes.
5. Try to quit smoking.

Some natural treatments

Potatoes : Grate a potato, squeeze the juice from the grated potato and apply the juice to the armpits. After 10 minutes, rinse the armpits with cold water.

Lemon : Cut thick slices of lemon and rub them on your armpits. After 10 minutes, rinse the armpits with fresh water, dry them and apply a moisturizing cream.

Saffron + lemon: In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with enough saffron to make a paste. Apply the paste evenly on the armpits. After 30 minutes, wash off the paste.

Coconut oil : Massage a few drops of coconut oil into your armpits. After 15 minutes, wash with lukewarm water and a mild soap. Repeat these steps two to three times a week.

Source: Healthline