Underarms, heh! Yeah, that often ignored, quiet, non-troublesome body part which you only think of when it needs shaving/waxing and when you need to go sleeveless. Truth is, the underarm area rarely gives us any trouble apart from sweat and we very sweetly, forget all about it. But, beware, the underarm skin is very sensitive and is susceptible to a variety of problems.
- Ingrown hair
- Pimples (!!!)
- Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
- Swollen lymph nodes
Gosh! There’s a lot that can happen in such a small area. However, pigmentation or discoloration is one of the most common complaints by both men and women.
Darkened Underarms: Why, Oh, Why!
Darkened underarms are mainly caused by extended use of harsh chemicals (bleach, hair-removing creams, deodorants, antiperspirants, etc.). Excessive and long term shaving can also lead to skin pigmentation and darkening of this very sensitive skin. Often pregnancy leads to pigmentation, too. (but this is omething that will clear up in a couple of months).
People with dark skin are more susceptible to auxiliary darkening or underarm darkening because of the extra amounts of melanin in the body. Melanin is a protective pigment that shields the skin against UV rays. Pregnancy, and the hormonal cocktail it brings with itself, is another reason why you may see pigmentation in the underarms. Another possible reason could be diabetes! I bet you didn’t know that. It’s because elevated Insulin levels can cause skin darkening. Erythrasma, a chronic bacterial infection is another little known cause of pigmentation of the underarms. Ingrown hair due to too much shaving can also make the underarms appear darker.
I say, that’s too much information to digest in a day. I need to go and check out my poorly neglected underarm skin! (Rush to the mirror and back relieved that I’m clean)!
Darkened Underarms: What To Do?
So, you’ve got that wedding coming up that you must attend and that gorgeous dress you simply have to wear and your underarms look like they’ve been nuked? Here are some things you can safely try.
Yeah, you heard me right! Potato… that ugly, little used, brown little lump! Most people don’t know that potato is a natural bleach and anti-irritant. Slice it, grate it or whisk it in the blender. Apply it to those dark armpits and see your skin lightened and soothed from the very first application! Your underarm skin also tends to get very itchy and sweaty due to pigmentation. The potato-trick will be your saving grace here and also, if applied anywhere else on the body where you need instant relief from patchiness and itchiness. That’s why it is number one on my list.
2. Epilators and Waxing:
I know many women who swear by their epilators. Like waxing, epilators pull hair out from the roots (Okay, major OUCH!).They prevent skin darkening in two ways. One, they don’t cause any ingrown hair issue and two, they effectively remove dean skin cells, giving a nice clear appearance to the skin. No wonder, at any given time, more women are going through the OUCH-iness of waxing underarms than labor!
3. Baking soda:
Are you scrolling up to see if you’ve mistakenly opened a culinary website? Can’t blame you! But baking soda does work. Apply it directly as you would a talcum powder, to your darkened underarms. Apart from lightening the skin, it is a natural, odorless, non-irritating way of bidding goodbye to excess sweat, odour and itchiness.
The miracle beauty product, sandalwood, is synonymous with beautiful, fragrant skin. So why deprive the underarms of their benign magic? Apply a paste of sandalwood and rose water for about 10 to 15 minutes to lighten and freshen your darkened underarm skin. Besides lightening the skin, the sandalwood also takes care of body odour and soothes the itchiness almost instantly.
5. Lightening Masks:
A quick way to unmasking your underarms is to mask them with a paste of yogurt, a pinch of turmeric and lemon juice. As in the case of a face mask, wash it off just before it completely dries out. Commercially available lightening masks also work much the same way.
6. Cosmetic Surgery:
Letting the doc work his magic? Like me, many people are apprehensive of approaching cosmetologists. The thing is, they are professionals and can be your ultimate salvage. Laser treatment is constantly evolving and just might prove to be the right solution for you (if you can afford it, though!). Although surgery is individualized and it might not beget the same results in everyone, it is still worth a try if your condition is beyond home remedies.
7. Vitamin E:
The direct application of the beauty vitamin or in the form of oil or creams with high Vitamin E content might prove to be highly useful in scaring away those dark marks. Vitamin E is a well known and much studied component that works wonders in maintaining youthfulness and gentleness of the skin.
Most of us don’t know the skin benefits of honey when applied directly. Honey is a natural toner and skin lightening agent. Apply a mixture of honey, lemon juice and sugar to the affected area. It will also combat underarm odour.
These fruits have a high concentration of citric acid, which is also a natural exfoliant and bleach. Dried and powdered orange peels, mixed with rose water also go a great distance in lightening dark skin. Scrub the underarms with either of these citrus babies. Don’t expect miraculous, instant results. It takes time to undo the damage. So, rub away.
This natural exfoliant that has been used for centuries might come in handy here, too. Try rubbing it gently on your darkened underarm skin. It will help in removing the darkened layer of skin. However, don’t be too zealous in your scrubbing as it might cause further abrasions and you certainly don’t want to walk around like a scarecrow for the next few days.
So go ahead, bowl people over by flaunting that strappy dress, sexy bikini or sleeveless top you’ve been hiding in the closet, and be underarm shy no more!
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Posted By :- Sytle Craze