Dark underarms (armpits) are quite embarrassing specially in the summer season when you mostly wear sleeveless garments. Accumulation of dead skin cells, friction due to tight clothes, use of chemical or alcohol based deodorants and antiperspirants, excessive smoking, and health problems like obesity or diabetes are some common causes for darkening of underarms. However you can get rid of the problem by following some natural tips.

15 Natural Tips to Whiten Dark Underarms

1. Lemon
Lemon is natural bleaching agent and cleanser and it also acts a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-septic. This is why lemon is used in the treatment of various skin related problem including dark underarms. To remove dead skin cells and to lighten the skin tone of your underarms take a thick slice of lemon and rub it on the affected area. Finally wash the area properly and after some time it is essential to use some moisturizer as lemon can cause skin dryness.

2. Lemon and Turmeric
Take 2 tablespoons of  lemon juice and small quantity of turmeric powder and then apply it to your underarms for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off.

3. Lemon juice and Honey

Take 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and mix with half teaspoon of honey and massage your underarms with this mixture for 2-3 minutes. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse off.

4. Lemon Juice and yogurt
Mix 1 tablespoon of yogurt with half teaspoon of lemon juice and apply this mixture on dark armpits for 15-20 minutes.

5. Orange peel, Milk and Rose water
Grind the dried peels of the orange with the help of a grinder to make it in powder form. Now mix the powdered orange peels with rose water and milk to make a thick paste. Use this paste to scrub the dark underarms gently for 5-10 minutes. This will help a lot to remove dark dead skin cells.

6. Potato
Mild acidic property present in potato is a kind of great natural bleaching agent. Instead of going for chemical based bleach products, just apply a slice of potato on your underarms and massage for 3-4 minutes. Repeat this two times regularly to whiten dark underarms. Instead of potato slice you can also apply potato juice to whiten your underarms.

7. Sandalwood Powder and Milk Paste
Add a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and add half teaspoon of milk.You can also add few drops of lemon juice. Mix well and apply this paste on your dark armpits. Let it dry. Wash with cold water. Do this twice every day to whiten dark underarms.  
8. Sandalwood powder, rose water and lime juice
Take 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, few drops of rose water and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix them well to make a thick paste. While sandalwood has got lightening properties, rose water will have a cooling effect on the skin and will make it softer, lemon is a natural bleaching agent and will help a lot to brighten dark underarms. Apply the paste on your underarms and allow it to dry for around 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with fresh water.

9. Cucumber, Turmeric and Lemon juice
Take one teaspoon of cucumber pulp or juice and mix it with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice to make a paste. Now apply this paste on the affected area for half an hour and finally wash it off with water.

10. Dark Underarms
To whiten dark underarms you need to scrub the area on regular basis. To make natural skin scrub at home, take some baking soda and add some water to it to make a thick paste. Now use this paste to scrub your underarms. This will help to remove dead skin cells accumulated in the underarm which is one of the main reasons behind dark underarms

11. Saffron and milk
Saffron is considered very effective to whiten dark underarms. Soak few strands of saffron some in milk and apply on your dark armpits. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Do this regularly to get white underarms.

12.  Papaya paste
Papaya is rich in natural occurring enzyme called as papain which is well known for properties that removes dirt and dead cells there by making your under arms fair. Apply the papaya paste to your skin and rub it gently. Wash it after 15-20 minutes.

13. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can be used as a natural exfoliate for your under arms. Apply the aloe vera gel under your arms. This gel provides anti oxidants and moisture that helps to clean your armpits and make them soft and bright.

14. Lemon Juice and granulated Sugar
If regular shaving is causing the dark skin, apply a mixture of lemon juice and granulated sugar to the underarms and leave it on to dry for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then scrub the underarms with some more sugar. This works as an excellent exfoliator for the skin and lightens the skin tone as well. 15.

15. Gram flour, lemon juice and Curd and turmeric
Mix besan (gram flour), lemon juice, curd and a pinch of turmeric and apply this mixture on your dark underarms and wash it off after 20 minutes. Repeat this at least thrice per week and see the difference within few days.

Some Preventions and Important Tips

  • 1. Avoid wearing tight cloths because the friction between the material and your armpits can lead to darkening. To reverse the damage, switch to looser clothes and fabrics that breathe easily in the summer.
  • 1.Try to wax underarms rather than shaving. Waxing softens the skin by removing the layer of dead cells as well.
  • 2. If you are unable to wax, shave closely with a new blade every time and apply an antiseptic and anti-microbial cream to the area after shaving. This prevents ingrown hairs and skin rashes and further skin discoloration.
  • 3. Hair removal creams should be avoided because they contain harsh chemicals that can cause an adverse skin reaction in many people. When used over long periods of time, these products can cause permanent damage to the sensitive skin of the underarms and results in dark underarms.
  • 4. Exfoliate the area regularly and keep the skin dry and clean at all times. Shower often especially when the weather is hot as it is the build up of bacteria that causes pigmentation and bad body odor.
  • 5. Some times dark underarms may also be as a result of a medical condition that is known as acanthosis nigricans. If the reason is acanthosis nigricans then you must consult your problem with doctor.