How To Prevent Dark Underarms

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Written By Shirley Bongbong Virtual Assistant Philippines

Are you suffering from dark underarms? It is not easy to whiten dark underarms if you continue to use commercial deodorants. Deodorants are seen to be the major cause of stained armpits among women nowadays. The antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminium chloride or aluminium zirconium, which function to plug up the sweat glands so it can stop and prevent sweating. When the sweat and the aluminium zirconium mix, they leave yellow stains under the armpits. One should know the benefit and the consequence of using a deodorant. Although one of the greatest benefits of putting on deodorant is controlling your body odor, it would also mean suffering the painful reality of developing dark underarms later. Largely depending on the cause and severity of your stain or skin discoloration, there are times you may suffer other side effects or symptoms besides the darkening of the skin. The best way is to always choose natural deodorants, such as the Milcu magic puff that contains natural ingredients that is safe and mild to the skin.



Are deodorants a risk for health?

Shirley Bongbong (2)Here is the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. Deodorants prevent body odor while the antiperspirants stop you from perspiring. Most antiperspirants contain aluminum and zirconium. Some studies linked the aluminum to the Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, most deodorants have been found to contain triclosan, which was linked to liver damage in experimental lab rats. The dyes and chemicals that they contain are known carcinogens. It is best to use and choose deodorants that contain talc. The cosmetics, perfumes, and personal hygiene products are being classified according to the health risk they present. Examples of the Grade 2 products or Risk 2 products in Brazil that present potential risk are the antidandruff shampoos, feminine deodorants, underarm deodorants, chemical skin peelers, tanning agents, bleaches, hair growers, cuticle removers, and many more.


3 types of stains that results to dark armpits


Dark armpits are caused by chemicals applied to your underarms such as deodorants, wearing tight fitting clothes near the underarm area, and your hygiene practices.



Some do have hereditary genetic disorders of dark underarms.


Dark armpits related disorder symptoms

This means that having dark skin discolorations in the underarms problem is just one of the symptoms of another condition. You need to consult a doctor to make sure it is not caused by any other illnesses.


Common causes

  • Shaving is the most common cause of armpit stains. If you want a lighter underarms, you need to switch to start waxing your underarms, which is less expensive than the laser treatment or laser hair removal.


  • Poor hygiene practices may cause build-up of deodorant residues. Most deodorants leave sticky residues on your skin. Using soap and water alone is not effective and cannot effectively remove the residues. You need to gently exfoliate and rub some lemon juice to help lighten the area. Dark armpits have been associated with the build-up of dead skin cells as well as rare medical conditions, such as diabetes and acanthosis nigricans. Acanthosis nigricans is a condition experienced by overweight people characterized by darkening of the skin on the neck, underarms, groin, and other regions of the body.


  • If you observed that dark armpits are dominant in your family, then it could be most likely a hereditary condition.


dark underarms tips

What is the best way to whiten dark underarms?

  • Reduce the use of commercial deodorants
  • Do not wear tight clothing if possible
  • Switch to underarm waxing
  • Stop hair pulling and shaving
  • Perform an armpit peeling or bleaching


Consider treating your underarm with the most common lightening agents – the lemon juice and the baking soda. Knowing how to properly mix and apply them is important. They are sometimes mixed with turmeric powder to be more effective. They are known to prevent body odor as well as the unsightly discoloration of that portion of your clothing near the underarm, which were caused by sweating and used of strong deodorants.






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