Natural scrub for lightening dark underarms

Dark underarms can be embarrassing and uncomfortable when you like to try different outfits. Sometimes usage of cosmetics and strong perfumes/ deodorants cause underarm skin turn dark. For some people it might change color due to body heat or clothing style. Whatever be the cause, there is a scrub that is made with natural ingredients that can help you lighten the underarm skin. Ingredients in this scrub are – potato, gram flour, licorice and sugar.

Benefits of potato: Potato is rich in Vitamin C and starch. Potato extract lightens the skin, reduces dark spots, prevents and reduces wrinkles and moisturizes the skin. Regular use of potato extract can reduce tan and skin darkening.

Benefits of Licorice: Licorice is a very commonly used herb for its wonderful medicinal properties. It is used since ancient times to treat many health issues like skin rashes, liver problems, heartburn, depression, fatigue, arthritis, baldness and viral infections. Licorice can be consumed internally and used for external application. When licorice is used on the skin, it gently exfoliates and also lightens the skin. It can be used to treat dark skin, dark spots and sunburn.

Licorice – Names in other languages

  • Scientific name – Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • English – Licorice
  • Hindi – Mulethi
  • Sanskrit – Madhurika
  • Malayalam – Iratti Madhuram
  • Bengali – Yashtimadhu
  • Tamil – Adhimadhuram
  • Kannada – Atimadhura
  • Telugu – Adhimadhuram


Benefits of Gram flour: Gram flour is an ingredient that is used since ancient times for skin and hair issues. It can literally be combined with any other ingredient and used as a mask or scrub. Gram flour lightens the skin, balances the moisture, prevents acne/pimple, control excess oil secretion and also removes unwanted facial hair.

Benefits of sugar: Sugar is a favorite for many and it is been used in many dishes all around the world. It may be damaging your teeth and tummy, but it does wonders when it is applied on skin. It has the property to absorb moisture from air and passes it to the skin. It also helps to gently exfoliate the skin without causing any damage. Glycolic acid in sugar helps to fight aging and facilitates generation of new skin cells.

When all these ingredients are combined together and used as a scrub, it can effectively reduce skin darkening. Follow the instructions in this DIY to prepare the scrub.

Natural scrub for lightening dark underarms – DIY

  • 1 small potato
  • 1 teaspoon Gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 or 2 small Licorice
  1. To treat dark underarms, you need a small potato, licorice, gram flour and sugar.
  2. First, chop the potato into small pieces.
  3. Add the chopped potato to a blender.
  4. Take licorice and crush it in a mortar.
  5. Add the crushed/broken licorice to blender.
  6. Add gram flour also to blender.
  7. Blend all ingredients together.
  8. Add sugar to the blended paste.
  9. Mix well and use.

Instructions to use:

  1. Clean your underarms.
  2. Apply the paste liberally.
  3. Gently scrub for few minutes.
  4. Let the paste stay on the skin for 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse it off with warm water.

This scrub can be used thrice a week.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.