Causes and Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

When the skin covering our underarm area is few shades darker than our skin tone, that is what we call dark underarms. Yet times, dark underarms can lower the fun and confidence while we are in sleeveless outfits. We tend to hesitate to throw our hands in the air and be free, if we have darker underarms. This post is going to help you with that.

What Causes Dark Underarms:

They say prevention is better than cure. In order to prevent further darkening, let’s see what are the things that are causing dark underarms.

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  • Dead skin:
    Like facial skin, skin covering our body also needs exfoliation. Reason being the accumulation of dark skin cells. As the dead skin accumulate, they make skin look dull and dark.
  • Shaving:
    Shaving cuts the hair, it doesn’t remove the hair from roots. Once we shave, the hair follicles are still there. They make the skin look slightly darker.
  • Deodorant:
    I agree that a deodorant is a must to smell good, but I always prefer and suggest to use perfume over a deodorant. Using perfume over the outfit is much better than using it straight on skin. Chemicals in the deodorants can cause skin darkening, if used for longer period of time.
  • Hyper-pigmentation:
    It is a skin condition where the production of melanin (responsible for skin tone) is slightly higher at certain part as compared to the other parts of the body. In this case the extra amount of melanin produced, makes skin look darker. Which we usually call dark patches.
  • Tight Clothes:
    This might come as a surprise. But skin covering under arm area is slightly thin. The friction caused by the tight clothes can irritate the are underarms and result in discoloration.
  • Bacterial Infection:
    Due to lack of hygiene, there might be infection caused by bacteria.
  • Smoker’s Melanosis:
    Smoking kills. It also ruins the skin condition. Smoker’s Melanosis is a condition caused by tobacco where the underarms gets darker.
  • Sun exposure:
    Not only the underarms, if we get exposed to direct sunlight for longer period, we might end up with sun burns or tanning on the exposed area.
  • Hormonal Issues:
    If you are under any medications or there is fluctuation in hormones, there is a chance that the skin gets these dark patches.
  • Skin Disorders:
    There are certain skin disorders which result in dark patches.

How to Cure Dark Underarms:

Now that you know most of the causes for nasty patches, you are half way there. You now know what not to do and what to do to get brighter, healthy underarm skin.!

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  • Waxing Over Shaving. When we wax, the hair strands are removed from their roots. So the skin won’t look dark.
  • As mentioned above, use perfumes on your outfits rather than using it on your skin. But please make sure the perfume won’t leave any stains on your outfit. You need to consider this point especially when it is oil based one.
  • Try to avoid wearing tight clothes. Not just because of the dark patches, but also sometimes it causes irritation to small blood veins. Which might also end up causing further more skin issues. Choose free, loose clothes. Let your skin breath.
  • Maintaining a good hygiene is the key. Shave the hair on the underarm area frequently. Use talcum powder to keep the area dry and free from bacteria.
  • Apply sunscreen on to your underarms if you are going out in sun wearing sleeveless outfits, where the area is going to be exposed directly to sun.
  • Scrubbing away the dead cells can make the skin look fresh and bright, it includes the skin covering underarms too. Regular scrubbing the underarm area can give you good results.
  • Try some homemade masks using brightening agents like curd or lemon. Apply curd on to the area in need and wash with water after 10 minutes. Lemon juice is slightly acidic and if you have dry or any wounds on the area, lemon juice might cause slight burning sensation. But with regular use, you can get rid of dark patches.
  • If the condition didn’t improve despite of following these remedies, please see a good dermatologist. Because if the issue is inside the body (like hormones or skin disorder), a good doctor’s help would surely help.

Hope you find this post useful.

This is What Apple Cider Vinegar Does to Your Body

Kardashians..!!! Half of the world at least knows who they are… If you don’t belong to that half, let me introduce them to you. There is this English reality show called “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”. It’s like being with them 24 X 7. Listening to ‘everything’ they talk. What do they talk??? Everything…!!! You can imagine everything a ‘modern’ family would discuss. In one sentence – you can keep your brain at rest while watching this show. Absolutely no brain required to watch this show. You know what’s the surprising part of this whole family drama is, they have earned a lot more than you must be thinking by this show. Its already 10 seasons old and all have earned millions.

Even though I am not a huge fan of theirs, I love their wardrobe and the way they experiment with their looks…
Couple of years ago all these 5 sisters have launched their personal mobile apps.. Where each one of them post their beauty, fitness secrets and details of their wardrobe. You must have read about Kylie cosmetics on my blog before. Kylie is the youngest daughter of this Kardashian family.

In one of those beauty apps of theirs, I came across this beauty drink called – apple cider vinegar (Courtesy- Instagram). Kourtney Kardashian swears that she starts her day by drinking apple cider vinegar. After making my home work about this, I have started drinking this every morning. Since I know most of the things about it now, thought of sharing it with you guys.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar???

Apple cider vinegar, also known as cider vinegar /ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple.

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How does it looks and tastes like???

It has pale to medium amber color and sour in taste. IMPORTANT thing is, its highly concentrated. It’s pungent, can even irritate your eyes. So, ALWAYS dilute before you consume.

I bought mine from Amazon. Here is the link.

Health Benefits:

Weight Loss:

Yeaahhhh…!!!! I know, I know,we all wanna eat our favorite food and never wanna look fat. How about doing these little things to shoot that nasty fat ???

Studies have proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar helps in slowing down fat accumulation. Also, its proved that on consuming this our stomach feels full thus we end up eating less. There you go, you have started with your weight loss journey already…!!!

Low Cholesterol:

A research was conducted where 1st specimen was not allowed to have Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) in his diet, whereas the other one was allowed to. At the end of the study it was found that the one who was consuming ACV had drop in cholesterol level.

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Detoxification:

So, ACV has potassium content along with acetic acid in it. So, while the acid bind to the task of removing toxins, potassium helps in breaking up mucus and clearing lymph nodes. Thus helps in detoxification.

Cures Sinuses

As mentioned in previous point, ACV helps in clearing lymph nodes by breaking mucus. In addition to that, it also helps in clearing sinus. Also, ACV helps in preventing any sinus infection, all thanks to its antibacterial properties.

So, if you have any sinus issues, do include ACV in your diet.

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Cure for Sore Throat

Since ACV has antibacterial properties, gargling ACV helps in healing sored throat.

Improves Digestion

ACV helps in keeping health of stomach in a good condition. Also, aids in digestion.

Energy Booster

Replace your energy drink with ACV. Why??? The potassium content in ACV helps in boosting the energy and making you feel good and energetic.

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Controls Diabetes and lessen heartburn

Let me not go to medical terms here. But in simple sentence – apple cider vinegar lowers blood sugar level. Thus it does reduces risks of diabetes and heartburns. I didn’t ‘prove’ that, studies did. haha

Oral Health

Who doesn’t like those white pearly smile??? Brushing teeth with diluted ACV helps in whitening teeth naturally. Killing the bacteria is the bonus.

Beauty Benefits:

For Shiny Hair

Rinse your hair with a little quantity of ACV post shower. This will make your hair shiny and bouncy.

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Itchy/ sunburn skin

Applying diluted ACV on sunburnt or itchy skin can heal it.

It’s a good Toner or cleanser

As it’s antibacterial, you can use diluted ACV on your face to get the most of the benefits. Along with cleaning the facial pores, ACV also helps in preventing the bacterial infections/ pimples/ breakouts. #happyyy

Deodorant

Summer is just around the corner. Uff that stinking smell of sweat. Yikes. This is due to odour causing bacteria. Applying diluted ACV on armpits can stop the bacteria from producing that nasty odour.

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Bad Breath Go Away

Bad breath can be really embarrassing. Gargling mouth with ACV(Diluted of course) can keep bad breath away.

Smelly feet

Ewww. Just soak feet in a tub full of warm water. Don’t forget to add few drops of apple cider vinegar to kill the bacteria and making feet smell fresh.

So, my dear, are you convinced enough why you should start using apple cider vinegar in your diet???

You can drink diluted ACV directly or you can use it in your juices or salads. Cooking is not really my thing so I cant really help you out with how and where to mix this this drink with. #sorry But don’t forget to use DILUTED apple cider vinegar ONLY.

Take care reader…!!!

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Cya in next post..!!!