Anyone must have something that makes them insecure about their own body. Even many famous artists who look picture perfect from the outside have their own insecurities! From acne, eczema, scaly skin, it’s endless. Today, we’re going to talk about a common problem that many people also suffer from: dark armpits. Even though it’s harmless, this kind of problem can definitely make people insecure and even avoid wearing sleeveless shirts.
Of course it’s unfortunate! So, let’s find out what causes it and how to deal with it safely!
Why does dark armpit skin occur?
As we discussed earlier, dark armpits are generally not dangerous, Serenitree Squad! It is also quite common because the armpits themselves are located in the folds of the body. Just like elbow folds, there is definitely a possibility that the area is darker than the surrounding skin color!
The reason is not only that the location is prone to friction, but there are several other things as well:
- Skin Care Composition
Skincare such as deodorant is often used in the underarm area to reduce bad odor and excessive sweat production. However, some deodorants contain alcohol or other chemicals that can cause irritation and blackening of the armpits.
- Shaving Habits
Black armpits can appear due to shaving armpit hair! This skin discoloration is the result of a buildup of dead skin cells or an allergic reaction due to unclean shaving or skipped steps.
- Hormones and Pregnancy
Who says hormones don’t affect skin pigmentation? Especially during pregnancy when our hormones are at their highest! These hormones can trigger excess melanin production so that areas such as armpits and neck can darken. But usually after the pregnancy is over, the skin color will return to the initial color!
- Wearing Tight Clothes
The armpit is an area of the body that is often rubbed together, making it prone to excess melanin production. Therefore, wearing tight clothes can double the risk of friction and darken the skin!
- Hygiene and Genetic Factors
We cannot deny that to avoid dark armpits, we must maintain body hygiene with safe skincare. Meanwhile, those who have a genetic heritage of hyperpigmentation will be at greater risk of experiencing darkening in the folds or other areas. Therefore, we must take care of our hygiene!
Which of these habits do you often do? Be careful because skin darkening is not instant! It can happen over time, so make sure to always pay attention to the factors that cause it!
Prevent and Overcome Armpits Darkening
Avoidance is better than cure! To avoid our armpits darkening, we must always pay attention:
- Selection of deodorant and other skincare
Now there are so many skincare options including chemical free and natural deodorants! One of them can use soap/lotion from Serenitree.
- Keep the body clean
Don’t forget to shower regularly especially if you are doing strenuous daily activities. It is also important to dry the body folds, including the armpits as well.
- Avoid excessive underarm shaving
Over-shaving is one of the causes of black underarms. Try to cut down on this or choose other alternatives such as waxing or IPL.
- Selection of breathable clothing
Wearing clothes that are too tight can cause friction. Therefore, choose clothes with soft materials that can absorb sweat and provide air circulation.
That’s how easy it is to prevent! But it has already occurred, these are some of the solutions that you can do:
Perform chemical or physical exfoliation regularly. This removes dead skin cells and reduces melanin build-up.
- Protect yourself from the sun
Armpits can also get dark from the sun! That’s why every time you go out and use sleeveless clothes, protect your armpits by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30-50!
- Maintain body health
This is the most important thing! A healthy and fit body will give us immunity, including healthy and strong skin. Make sure to exercise, rest and consume healthy food regularly to achieve that.
- Consult a doctor and dermatologist
You can consult and refer to medical measures as well. Usually there will be special creams or drugs or laser therapy that can brighten the armpits safely.
The essence of the process of overcoming dark armpits is patience and consistency. For those of you who have this problem, let’s try Serenitree’s tips first!
Natural Ingredients to Treat Dark Armpits
It turns out that natural ingredients can solve the problem of skin darkening. You can also find this material easily, here are home recipes that you can try:
- Lemon (Contains citric acid)
Rub the lemon on the dark areas and allow it to dry then rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget to avoid using lemon on irritated skin!
- Turmeric (Contains antioxidant compounds)
Mix turmeric powder with water or lemon juice until it becomes a paste. Apply the paste on dark areas and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. After that, just rinse it off.
- Cucumber (Contains vitamin C and phytonutrients)
You can compress and gently rub the sliced cucumber on the underarm area for 10-15 minutes. This can soothe the skin while providing a brightening effect.
- Potato (Contains catecholase)
The method is more or less the same as cucumber, just slice thinly and rub gently for 10-15 minutes on the armpit area.
These are just a few examples from Serenitree, originally there are many home recipes with natural ingredients that you can try to brighten your underarms! Yes, natural ingredients have amazing healing potential! That’s why Serenitree believes in natural ingredients and wants you all to feel the positive effects. So, which natural recipe are you interested in trying?
Don’t forget to always be confident and stay healthy, Serenitree Squad!