Dark underarms not necessarily genetic

There are some factors that make them so, including the products we use or symptoms of a physical condition.

Here are the most notable factors:

Razors and creams. Using a razor to shave underarm hair results in an unpleasant-looking stubble that looks like dark stain in the armpits. Applying removal creams likewise yields the same result since such product, just like the razor, removes hair only on the surface. Both razors and creams leave shave bumps that look like chicken skin or tiny black scars.

Dead cells. Dermatologists would tell that dark underarms can be caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells in the underarms.

Chemicals. The use of antiperspirants and deodorants is a common cause of dark underarms. Studies show that some ingredients and chemicals in these products trigger allergic reactions, thus altering the skin tone.

Signs of diabetes. Medical experts reveal that dark underarms may indicate a glandular disorder or a case of diabetes.

Fats and friction. Tight clothing, most especially during summer, is a no-no. Friction between the fabric and our underarms, the experts warn, does not only cause irritation but darkening as well. These experts add that fats that accumulate under the arms have a greater tendency to rub off against fabric thus resulting in stained armpits.

But there is a bright side to this as dark armpits are preventable and treatable.

Waxing. Waxing involves removing the entire hair follicle from the root, and takes effect from four to six weeks. There is some pain involved, but it is one of the best options as it does not darken armpits the way shaving or the use of creams does. It can be done by a professional or one can do it herself in the convenience of her home.

Laser hair removal. This is a popular option as it eliminates the daily or weekly tasks of shaving and plucking or the pain of waxing. There are no risks or complications except for some pain.

Whitening scrubs. Whitening scrubs are most effective if dark underarms are caused by the build-up of dead cells.

 Nature’s best. They are not only inexpensive, but safe to use.

Potatoes and cucumbers have natural bleaching properties. Take a thin slice of potato or cucumber and rub it in the underarm. One may also grate them and apply the juice then let it dry for a few minutes.Wash properly with lukewarm water.

Coconut oil contains vitamin E and this helps in lightening dark armpits. Before taking a bath, massage the underarms with oil for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse properly with mild soap and lukewarm water. When done daily, it will greatly lighten the underarms.

Lemon is known to be a natural cleanser and a thick slice rubbed on the affected area will do the work. The orange peel, on the other hand, may be used as a lightening scrub. Just dry the peel under the sun for a few days then grind it into powdered form. Add rose water and milk to it and make a thick paste. Scrub the underarms gently with it for 10 to 15 minutes then wash with cold water.

Milk has fatty acids and vitamins that are effective in minimizing dark skin tone. Make a thick paste of two tablespoons of milk and one tablespoon each of curd and flour. Apply and leave it for about 15 minutes then wash it off with cold water.

Vinegar is also an antidote for dark underarms. Simply mix it with rice flour and make a thick paste. Apply it after taking a hot shower then let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. This remedy will not only lighten dark armpits but will also kill all the germs and bacteria that cause underarm odor. —lrn/mod.com.ph