The Struggle is Real: Dark Underarms

This might seem like a strange post but I know I am not the only one who has naturally darker underarms. Dark underarms are usually caused by genetics, dead skin build up, using the wrong deodorant,etc. Here are a few easy and inexpensive tips to help lighten your underarms for so that you can feel comfortable wearing those cute tank tops and bikinis all summer long!

1. EXFOLIATE!! The underarm area is very sensitive, so use a loofah or a gentle body scrub to exfoliate the area and remove all the dead skin and bacteria that could be hiding under there (do this before shaving for a closer and smoother shave). Sugar scrubs can be a little pricey sometimes, so I recommend hitting up Pinterest for a good DIY scrub to make at home, that’s what I do!


2. Find a good, natural soap to clean the underarms after exfoliating. I really like the Orchid Skin Brightening Cleansing bar soap ($2.50). This soap is specifically made to lighten dark and even out the skin tone (also good for bikini area). Another bar soap I really like is the Kirk’s Original Coco Castile bar soap ($4 for pack of 3). This is a pure botanical coconut oil soap that is all natural and wont clog pores.


3. Find a good deodorant. My absolute favorite deodorant to use every day is the Dove Advanced Care Clear Tone deodorant ($5). It is a little pricey for a deodorant but this stuff is amazing and I have repurchased it probably 4 or 5 times! It is specifically made to restore skin to its natural tone and I noticed it working after one use! It is also a 48 hour anti-perspirant. I have tried a few natural deodorants, like the one from Tom’s, because it is recommended to use a deodorant that does not contain aluminum, but these just do not work for me personally (and gave me burns).

dove deodorant

4. Avoid using lemon juice or alcohol to “lighten” underarms. Like I said earlier, the underarm area is sensitive and these two are way too strong and can dry out the skin, causing rashes or burns.


There are many other ways and remedies to help lighten underarms, but these are the steps I use and that work for me. I hope this helped!


One thought on “The Struggle is Real: Dark Underarms

  1. Jade Tatum says:

    Yesss I have the same problem and switched to this same deoderant. Best results. I will have to try that orchid soap too. I don’t think they sell that at my job (target) so I may have to do some research! Great post!

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