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.

Home Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

Even though the summer is over, we still love wearing those cold/off shoulders or sleeveless tops or dresses this season. Bright colored outfit is going to brighten a gloomy day anyways….!!!

One thing to take care of, while wearing outfits that’s gonna expose your underarms area is the dark patches on the area. You might have also noticed ladies who have darker armpits as compared to their overall skin tone. That looks bad. Isn’t it???

Reason might be due to excess use of hair removal creams, deodorants(you should not use perfumes or deodorants directly on your skin. Check this post about perfumes to know more about it. ) or may be due to excess sun exposure. Reasons may vary but I have a list of home remedies which you can try out to get the one solution.

Ready to know the recipes?? Hope on…

Lemon:

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When I hear the word skin whitening, one home remedy that comes to mind is ‘lemon juice’. (More about beauty benefits of lemon juice, here.)
All you need to do is apply a layer of freshly squeezed out lemon juice on your armpits. Let it dry and them wash it with warm water.
With regular use, it’s proven to lighten the armpits.

 

Potato:

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Lemon and potato are like the president and vice presidents of the kitchen’s department of ‘skin whitening’. Just like the lemon, potato juice helps in brightening skin.
I know squeezing out lemon juice is way more easier than that of potato. You need a little more effort of grating potato to get the juice out of it. Apply this fresh juice on the effected area and leave it for sometime. Wash with warm water. It may or may not show the results within one use. But, with regular use, it will.

 

Multani Mitti:

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One more ingredient for skin brightening is fuller earth, which is popularly known as multani mitti. In order to apply you need to make a paste out of this dry powder. For which, you can mix fuller earth powder with rose water or even with regular water.
Apply a thin layer on underarm area. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and rinse with water.
Please note, you don’t have to leave it till it dries of completely. Because it might just make the area dry by absorbing all the moisture of the skin, on which it’s applied.

 

Cucumber:

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As cool as this vegetable is for summers when consumed, it is cooler for eyes and to skin when applied. Rub freshly cut cucumber pieces on the effected area. Along with soothing, it will brighten up the underarms.

 

Exfoliation:

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You can either use dry brushing technique or try some home made scrubs to scrub away those dark and dead skin cells. Along with brushing away the layer of skin, it also unclogs the pores. You guys know clogging the sweat glands causes skin infection, which I have explained in this post.

 

Baking Soda:

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Just like you use this one good ingredient for brightening your teeth, you can apply mixture of baking soda and water paste on dark patches to lighten the skin.

 

Orange peels:

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Ok, for this you really need time and patience. If you have them, go ahead. One thing to mention, the results are totally worth the efforts.
In order to use orange peel, you got to dry them under the shade. Once they are dried, grind them to make powder out of it. As you guys know we can’t apply dry powder as a pack. All we need is a paste like consistency. To make a paste, mix the powder with rose water or regular water. Apply this paste on under arms and let it dry for 10 minutes, before washing using warm water.
With regular use, it not just going to brighten the underarm area, it also makes it smell good with fruity fragrance. So, bye bye bad odour.

 

Milk:

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For a milky white underarm area, apply a layer of raw milk on it. Leave it for a while and then clean with water.

 

Coconut oil:

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This is one magical oil that almost every south Indian swear by. This oil can heal anything. Like literally. haha. Applying coconut oil on armpits is going to add moisture and lighten the skin in and around it.

More beauty benefits of coconut oil here.

 

Saffron:

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Saffron is one more Ayurveda ingredients used since ages for skin treatments. Dip few strands of saffron in milk. Apply this mixture on darkened area. Results are effective.

 

Things you need to avoid in order to avoid dark underarms:

After all, prevention is always better than cure. Isn’t it???
1. Do not use hair removal cream frequently. Once in a while, is fine. But always??? Na. If you use razor, you guys know it just cuts the hair strands. Doesn’t remove them from roots. Thus giving an illusion of dark underarms. Best solution??? Out of different hair removal techniques, go for waxing. It not only removes hair from roots, giving you a clean look, but also it removes the dead skin layer. Thinking about the pain??? Na… you will get used to it. hehe.

  1. Do not use perfumes directly on skin. Perfumes contain more alcohol that causes skin darkening. (Here is how you can use perfume without harming your skin and clothes).

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  1. Do not over expose your skin to hot sun. More exposure, more skin damage.

  2. Weight loss.!!! When we exceed the idol weight, fat of our body that gets aggregated under the arms rub against the garments and can lead to dark underarms.

  3. Regular hygiene is important, to avoid dark underarms. Do not skip shower and also regular exfoliation helps you keep skin healthy.

I hope these help you if you have dark underarms. The next time you wear sleeveless dresses, you don’t have to be conscious about dark patches. Flaunt those white underarms with grace.

We Are Not Perfect But Our Eyebrows Can Be

Hey,

Have you heard the quote – Eyebrows speak louder than words…!!!

Hehe strange but true.

Shape of your Eyebrows can get those brownie points in the game of style.

A dear friend of mine, recently asked me to write a post about it. So here are the details about eyebrows which you might find useful.

Firstly, you know a strange thing about eyebrows??? It’s said that one of your eyebrows is prettier or rather thicker than the other…!!! Yes that’s true.

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You must be thinking threading or giving shape to your eyebrows is all about removing those extra hair. Na. That’s not the case. You know you can get an illusion of a perfect face just by giving appropriate shape to your brows???

Let me tell you what must be an ideal shapes of eyebrows as per your face structure.

How to shape your eyebrows???

There are multiple way to do this.

Threading:

Most popular one. Where the extra hair is removed using thread. I am sure you guys must know these things but still I would like to share them.

  • Make sure you apply talc before you thread. Drier the skin easier the hair removal process.
  • Also holding skin tightly makes the process less painful.
  • Always go with single beautician all the time. Because they know the perfect shape of eyebrows for you.
  • Also make sure they are well trained. Else they might end up hurting your skin while removing hair.
  • Post threading apply ice to sooth the area around eyes and apply good moisturising cream.

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Waxing:

There are some wax strips available in market to remove the extra hair from eyebrows. But I am scared of this idea. I don’t want to take any risk. So do you.

Epilator:

There are some epilators or trimmers which does this hair removal trick. But before using it make sure you have good grip over it. Because one wrong move, you know the result. phew..

Shapes as per Face shape:

Threading or giving shape is not just about removing extra hair or giving shapes just because it looked good on someone else. It should be based on your face shape to make the eyebrows look great on your face.

Here are some different shapes of faces and ideal eyebrow shape for them.

Oval

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Soft angled eyebrows looks great on oval shaped face.

Heart shaped face:

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So you girls have this amazing pointed chin to give you a heart shape look. Use your brows as the top of heart. So your eyebrows and the chin gives that heart shape. So round shaped eyebrows make you look even more prettier.

Long Face:

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I have heard a lot of girls complaining about their long faces. No worries you can play with your eyebrows’ shape to create illusion of shorter face. How??? A horizontal or flat eyebrow should do this trick.

Round face:

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Uff we ladies are never happy with what we have. Are we??? Long faced girls want round face and vice versa. If you are not happy with round face which you might find ‘chubby’, do give this shape to your eyebrows – High arcs. The high points of eyebrows make your face look longer.

Diamond shape

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So the beauties with diamond shaped face should focus on minimising the edges  and lessening the wide portion of face. So the curved eyebrows does serve this purpose.

Square Shape:

squareYour jaw line is your plus point. You can make your jaw line look prominent by giving that angled shape to your eyebrows. If you want to get that softer look, then try the softer curves for eyebrows.

I know I know, you might be thinking – in order to do these shapes we need thick eye brows. No worries, Mygirlypedia has solutions for most of your beauty queries. I have already posted about how to grow your eyebrows and lashes thicker. I have shared a formula to create a homemade gel to thicken the eyebrows. Do check here.

 

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So these were the things I wanted to share about eyebrows. If you have any more doubts regarding this. Please feel free to reach me on my social media channels or in the comments section below.

Hope this helps for your next saloon visit.