Treating Dark Underarms

Underarms may get discolored or darkened due to many reasons like use of deodorants or roll-on directly on the skin or even with use of  strong fragrances that are not good in quality or are too much
chemical-based. In addition, pregnancy or hormonal imbalance in the body can also be dominant causes. Further, shaving and dead skin due to lack of exfoliation can also be reasons behind dark underarms.
However, there are some very effective home remedies to treat this problem. Do note that before performing any remedial procedure, you must wash, cleanse and scrub the underarm area.

Lemon bleaching:
Ingredients required:
Lemon (Vit C-rich natural bleach)
Aloe Vera (Antibacterial)
Honey (Moisturizer)

Take 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon + 1 tbsp of fresh aloe vera gel + honey. Mix all three and apply on the underarm area. Massage the area for 5-7 mins and then wipe with a soft cold wipe. Wash the underarms without applying any soap on the area. Repeat every alternate day.
Note that lemon can be reactive on the skin for some and cause burning sensation. Therefore, you must do a skin test on a small area of skin and wait for at least an hour before applying the remedy on the underarms.

Potatoes, cucumber and mint lightning pack:
Ingredients required:
Potato (Natural bleach, increases elasticity, anti irritant)
Cucumber (Bleaching properties, moisturizes, has cooling effect)
Mint (Brightening properties, rejuvenating, hydrates the skin)
Multani Mitti (Cleanser, decongests pores, exfoliates)

Take 1 tbsp of potato juice + 1 tbsp cucumber juice + I tsp mint juice + a little amount of multani mitti to make a thick paste.  After cleansing and scrubbing the underarm area, apply this pack in the area and leave it on till dry or at least for 20 mins. Wash off the pack from the underarms with warm water without any soap. Repeat the procedure 3 times a week.

Besan and yoghurt pack:

Ingredients required:
Besan (Nourishes, mild bleach, base)
Yoghurt (Natural bleach, moisturizer, antibacterial)
Lemon (Natural bleach, Vit C rich)
Til powder (Vit rich, increases blood circulation)

Mix 1 tbsp besan + 1 tsp til powder + 1tsp lemon+ 1 tbsp yoghurt. Make a paste like consistency and apply after cleansing of the underarm area. Massage for 5 mins and leave in place for 15 mins. After 15 mins, rinse with warm water. Repeat the procedure 3 times a week and see the difference.

Castor Oil Remedy:

Castor oil alone can work wonders for dark underarms. It is an oil rich in many useful fatty acids, the most important for the skin being Omega 3 and Ricinoleic acid. These acids together work the best for reducing pigmentation of the skin and help in regeneration of new skin cells. Castor oil is also extremely hydrating and moisturizing for the skin thus making the skin soft and supple. However, just using any castor oil doesn’t help. Over-processed oils are mostly deprived of all the goodness of oils, thereby, choosing from a range of trustworthy organic oils like those provided by Rooted are the best suitable for your skin.

To help you get rid of dark underarms, rub organic castor oil by ROOTED with the help of cotton in the underarm area twice daily—first after bath in the morning and then before going to bed in the night. Make sure you have cleansed the respective area properly before applying the oil. Repeat the application for minimum 20 days to see effective results.

Oil cleanser:
Tea tree oil (Antimicrobial)
Almond oil (Natural skin whitener)
Castor oil (Moisturizer, cleanser, removes dead cells, conditioner)

Take tea tree oil 3-4 drops + almond oil 1 tsp+ castor oil ½ tsp. Mix all the oils and apply on the underarm area after a shower and keep it on without wiping for at least 3-4 hrs. You can also apply this mix before going to bed and wipe it off in the morning. Repeat 2 times a week. This remedy must include the tea tree oil for a month. After a month, apply the oils, without the tea tree oil, every day till you see results. You can again add the tea tree oil in the oil mix after a break of 2-3 months.

Instant remedy:
This remedy starts showing its results almost instantly in most cases. However, people with very sensitive skin show avoid it.

Ingredients required:
Baking soda 1 tbsp
Colgate (or any white color toothpaste)
Lemon juice 1 tsp

Mix all the ingredients to make a paste and apply on the underarm area. Note that you must NOT scrub your skin with a harsh scrub before this remedy, but mild scrubbing can be done. Apply the paste and massage for 5-7 mins. Next, rinse with cold water. Please do a patch test before applying on the entire area. Repeat for a week and see a massive difference.
All these methods are home remedies and can take some time for certain skin types. Therefore, please be patient and preferable do a patch test if you have a sensitive skin. It usually takes a month to show drastic changes in the skin color in the mean while stop using chemicals in the area and apply sunscreen.