Dark underarms are not just very embarrassing but also very common. A lot of women struggle with self-esteem and avoid wearing sleeveless clothing that may show their underarms simply because they don't know how to prevent underarms from darkening.

Causes of dark underarms

Dark underarms can be caused by several different factors. Poor personal hygiene, use of certain products that are not suitable for the skin, using chemical-laden and low quality products, style of dressing, pregnancy or hormonal changes are some of the reasons why you may have dark underarms. Fortunately, with a little care and proper hygiene it is possible to have beautiful and clean underarms.

Maintain good personal hygiene

Using low quality razors repeatedly on your armpits is one of the main causes of dark underarms. When you shave your underarms, dirt, oil, hair and skin will be left on the razor blade. When not washed properly, the residue can be transferred back to the armpits when you shave next. Wearing sweaty sports bras for long can also redden the armpits and cause infection. Body odor is caused by the bacteria feeding on perspiration and sweat. Sweat contains urea, lactate and mineral. The uric acid in sweat can actually darken the armpits when it is constantly in contact with the skin.

The best way to prevent darkening of the underarms is to ensure proper hygiene. Use high quality deodorants and only use them when needed. Keep your underarms clean and dry at all times. It is important to understand that bacteria, sweat, oil and dirt can buildup over time on your skin. The deodorant you use also tends to clog up the pores in your underarms and prevent sweat. Ensuring that this residue is removed and cleaned is the best way to avoid discoloring of your underarms.