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Dusky underarms are a common, normal, and harmless hyperpigmented skin condition that is caused by various factors like dead skin cells building up, sweating, shaving, waxing, and so on. Although dark underarms don't indicate anything unsafe, some people may find them unsightly, particularly during the tank top and swimsuit seasons.

Naturally, the colour of your underarms should resemble that of the rest of your skin. However, the colour of the skin in the armpits might occasionally change. 

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Kesar, Sandalwood & Milk

Sandalwood and kesar contain santalol and beta-carotene, respectively. These phytochemicals inhibit tyrosinase activities and lighten dark underarms, keeping you afresh and fragrant. Whereas milk contains vitamins and fatty acids, it helps in reducing darkness.

Soak 1 teaspoon of saffron in 1 teaspoon of milk for an hour. Put 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder in a bowl and mix. Apply it to the darkened area and leave for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse off, then massage with moisturiser.

Papaya, Lemon & Honey

Lemon's citric acid, bleaching, and cleansing properties; papaya's natural enzyme; and honey as a natural bleaching agent help lessen hyperpigmentation and lighten your dark underarms.

Combine 2 teaspoons of mashed papaya with 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply for 20 minutes and wash off.

Gram Flour + Yoghurt + Rose Water

Yogurt has lactic acid, gramme flour is a natural exfoliant, and rosewater helps in moisturising and brightening the skin.

In a bowl, add enough organic rose water and 1 teaspoon each of gram flour and yoghurt. After applying, wait for 15 minutes and wash it off.

Because prevention is better than cure, here are some ways to prevent dark underarms.

  • Minimise tobacco use. 
  • Switch to a natural deodorant that doesn't irritate skin.
  • Use proper hair removal methods.
  • Put on loose, breathable clothes made of cotton. 

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