Are your dark underarms stopping you from flaunting the new sleeveless top you just got? Are you scared of raising your hands in public?

Being cautious all the time requires sacrificing your freedom.


Dark coloration of the skin in the armpits is not a medical condition or some disease. It is actually caused by small, possiibly cumulative, mistakes like using chemical-laden hair-removing creams, shaving, using alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants, poor ventilation in the underarm area and a buildup of dead skin cells that have led to your skin getting darker.

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So really, carelessness on your part is the cause behind those dark armpits, and you’ll need to put in sincere effort and some serious time to get your skin back to a normal tone.

Do not fret. Your underarms are not destined to be dark forever! With these simple and natural home remedies, you’ll soon be wearing your sleeveless tops again.


Method 1: Use Lemon

Nothing can beat lemons when it comes to lightening skin! A natural cleanser, lemons are 1 natural solution that help lighten your dark armpits fast.

Moreover, they contain incredible antibacterial, antiseptic and acidic properties that help exfoliate the dead skin cells and thus lighten your skin.

This can also help minimize odors associated with armpits, since the cause is generally related to bacteria growth and harmful chemicals in deodorants.

Single-Step Treatment: Rub lemon slices on your armpits

rub lemon slices on dark underarms

  • Just grab a couple of lemon slices and rub them on your underarms before you take a bath.
  • Let the lemon juice sit on your skin for 5 minutes, then wash it off.
  • Finish with a moisturizer after your bath, as lemon tends to dry out the skin.

Do this every day for up to 15 days to observe significant results.

Method 2: Use Potato

Potatoes contain malic acid, an excellent lightening agent that helps lighten your skin tone. They also contain starch that has emollient properties that help smooth and soften the skin.


Step 1. Peel a potato

peel potatoes for dark underarms

  • Peel a potato and thinly slice it.

Step 2. Thinly slice the potato and apply for 25 min

cut the potato slices to apply on dark underarms

  • Cut the potato into thin slices.
  • Rub a slice of potato on each of your underarms.
  • Leave the potato juice on your skin for 20 to 25 minutes to dry, then wash it off with warm water.

Use this remedy once daily for effective results.

Note: As an alternative, you can extract the juice of a potato and rub it on your armpits.

Method 3: Use Baking Soda and Lemon

Baking soda is an incredible exfoliating agent that helps remove dead skin cells and unclog skin pores, in turn lightening your dark underarms.


Lemon, on the other hand, is a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial as well as a natural lightening agent.

Things you’ll need:

baking soda and lemon for dark underarms

  • Baking soda – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Pour lemon juice into baking soda

add lemon juice to baking soda

  • Take 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to it.

Step 2. Mix the ingredients and apply it for 5 min

mix baking soda and lemon juice and apply

  • Mix the ingredients together thoroughly.
  • Apply the paste on your underarms.
  • Scrub it around for 5 minutes, then wash it off using lukewarm water.
  • Finish by moisturizing your skin with an oil free moisturizer.

Repeat 3 or 4 times a week for effective results.


Method 4: Use Milk

Milk contains a plethora of nutrients that help minimize the darkening of your skin, making the skin tone lighter along with smoothing and softening the skin.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply milk every day for 15 min

apply milk on dark underarms

  • Pour about 2 tablespoons of milk in a small bowl or cup.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the milk and rub it on your underarms.
  • Leave it to dry for 15 minutes, then wash it off using lukewarm water.

Repeat the remedy every day for up to 3 weeks to observe desired results.

Additional Tips

  • Always use natural moisturizers like aloe vera or coconut oil to moisturize your underarms.
  • Do not shave your skin. Shaving can cause discoloration of your armpits.
  • Try waxing for hair removal instead, as this removes hair from the very roots as well as accumulated dead skin cells, which leaves the skin lighter and softer.
  • Avoid using deodorants and antiperspirants, as they contain harmful chemicals and contribute to darkening your underarms. Switch to natural deodorants containing baking soda, coconut oil or rose water or make one for yourself at home.
  • Say no to hair-removal creams. The chemicals in them can cause rashes, irritation and itching along with darkening the skin.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes. They trap sweat, thus blocking the way for your skin to breathe, giving rise to bacteria growth and rashes.
  • Practice regular exfoliation of your skin and do not compromise on basic hygiene.
  • Do not neglect bathing, as this can lead to an accumulation of sweat and bacteria causing pigmentation. Add a few drops any citrus oil to your bath for a pleasant smell and to prevent discoloration of your armpits.
  • Control your weight. Diabetes or obesity can be major reasons behind dark underarms. High levels of insulin lead to pigmentation, so keep an eye on your weight!

Summary of How to Lighten Dark Underarms Fast with 1 Natural Ingredient

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