The general underarm area sometimes does require extra attention. Dr. Windy says, since the skin is in a crease area, underarms are going through a lot of friction – especially if you like wearing tight clothes. Repeated frictions in this area makes the skin color around your armpit darker. Some people said underarm shaving can also cause a darkening of skin.
In order to obtain a maximum result, take note on some of these things:
- Do not shave your underarms, especially with a dull razor. Not only that you would need to shave often, this method increases the risk of cuts and scrapes. Try sugar-wax or use an epilator instead to pull out unwanted hair from its root.
- Reduce frequency of shaving during menstruation, because the skin usually gets more sensitive than the regular days
- Allow your underarm to breath. Avoid wearing tight clothes every day, because it causes sweating and friction.
- Avoid spraying deodorant or perfume directly on the underarm skin, because it would cause irritation.
Rice Powder, Lemon, Honey and Baking Soda
Preparation time: 5 minutes
This mixture works as exfoliating scrubs to get rid of odor, sweat, and lightens dark patches on your underarms. Rice powder is a good ingredient for scrub that removes old skin cells and accumulated dirt. Baking soda kills the bacteria trapped in the skin, lemon bleaches and whitens the underarm skin, and honey moisturizes it.
How to do it: In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of rice powder, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoon of baking soda. Combine all the ingredients well. Rinse your underarms with warm water to open clogged pores, then place a small amount of this underarm whitening scrub on a sponge or loofah and gently exfoliate your underarms in a circular motion for 3-4 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Caution: If you are not sure if you have allergies, test a small area to your elbow.