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Underarm discoloration is not surprising as many face this problem. It affects both men and women of all ages. Dark underarms is not a disease and can be cured easily by using simple home remedies.

Major causes of dark underarms

  • Shaving
  • Regular use hair removing creams
  • Poor ventilation of underarms
  • Excessive sweating
  • Accumulation of dead skin cells
  • Use of alcohol based deodorants and perfumes
  • Excessive weight

Natural remedies to get rid of dark underarms

Lemon, cucumber and turmeric

Lemon juice has many skin care benefits such as lightening skin complexion, lightening dark spots, treating oily complexion and so on. Cucumber has the power of improving complexion, and rejuvenates the skin. Turmeric has antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties in it. Turmeric is one of the best natural remedies to lighten dark skin.


  1. Mix lemon juice and cucumber juice.
  2. Add one teaspoon turmeric powder.
  3. Mix it well.
  4. Apply it on your under arms.
  5. Allow it to dry for some time.
  6. Wash off with water.

Repeat this everyday for better results.


Gram flour and yogurt

Gram flour and yogurt are very good together for skin lightening.


  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Take gram flour in a bowl.
  2. Add yogurt, lime juice, and turmeric powder.
  3. Mix all the ingredients well.
  4. Apply it on your under arms.
  5. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  6. Wash off with cold water.

Repeat this twice in a day for faster results.


Just like lemon, potato also has bleaching properties. Many may have sensitive skin and lemon’s acidic nature can irritate the skin. Potato has mild acids that do not irritate the skin. This remedy is hence more suited for those with a sensitive skin.


  1. Take 1 slice of potato.
  2. Rub the slice on your underarms.
  3. Rub gently for at least for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Repeat this twice in a day for better results.

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Baking soda

One of the main reasons for dark underarms is accumulation of dead skin cells. Very often we miss to clean our underarms properly and as a result face this problem. Baking soda is very effective in removing dead skin cells. It acts as a scrubber and removes all dead skin cells thus lightening your underarms.


  1. Take two tablespoons of baking soda.
  2. Mix it with water.
  3. Make a thick paste.
  4. Apply and rub it in circular motion.
  5. Repeat this 3 to 4 times a week.

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Milk and honey

Milk is an excellent remedy for lightening skin tone. Raw milk is an instant way to lighten your skin. Raw milk contains an essential ingredient called lactic acid that perfectly works for lightening and softening skin.

Honey has natural anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. It moisturises and soothes our skin.


  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Turmeric powder
  • Lime juice


  1. Take a tablespoon of milk in a small bowl.
  2. Add a tablespoon of honey.
  3. Mix it well.
  4. Add a pinch of turmeric.
  5. Add 2 to 3 drops of lime juice.
  6. Mix all the ingredients.
  7. Apply this on your underarms.
  8. Wash off after 10 minutes with plain water.

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Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains vitamin E, an effective antioxidant for skin lightening. This active ingredient slows down the production of excessive melanin.


  1. Take one or two teaspoons of coconut oil.
  2. Before taking bath apply the oil in your underarms.
  3. Gently massage for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and a mild soap.
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Apple cider vinegar

The mild acidic nature of vinegar helps in stopping bacterial growth and lightens complexion. Those who have sensitive skin can do a patch test before applying.


  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon of baking soda


  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and baking soda together.
  2. Wait for the bubbles to subside.
  3. Apply this mixture on the affected area.
  4. Allow it become dry.
  5. Wash off with water.

Repeat this twice in a week for better results.


Sandalwood powder

Sandalwood powder is an effective home remedy for skin whitening. Sandalwood powder and rose water gives you good fragrance and eliminates body odor. The difficult thing though is getting pure sandalwood powder – lot of shops carry them but most are adulterated. So do your due diligence and buy from a good store.


  1. Take 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder.
  2. Mix with rose water.
  3. Make a thick paste.
  4. Apply it on dark armpits.
  5. Leave for 15 minutes.
  6. Allow it to dry.
  7. Wash off with cool water.

Repeat daily for good results.

Olive oil and brown sugar

Olive oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural fatty acids. Olive oil is suitable for sensitive skin and all other skin types.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
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  1. Take olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. Add brown sugar.
  3. Mix it well.
  4. Wet your skin under the arms.
  5. Apply the mixture gently.
  6. Leave it for 5 minutes.
  7. Rinse with water.

Repeat this 2 times a week, before taking bath.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.