If Armpit Whitening Is Your Goal
Armpit whitening probably isn't all that big a deal for most people. Most men, with the possible exception of bodybuilders or male models, probably wouldn't give the subject a second thought. Most men seldom have their armpits exposed, and even when they do, they could probably care less what people might think about that part of their anatomy.
Women however, look at the appearance of their armpits from a slightly different perspective. For one thing, most women shave under their armpits, so they don't have a luxurious growth of hair to hide skin that may be a little too dark. In addition, a woman's clothing style will often leave the armpits open and visible. For a woman, skin under her armpits that is significantly darker than the rest of the skin on her body can be highly noticeable, and in some cases might even be considered as being unattractive.
Whitening Agents - Yellow teeth can be unattractive to look at, and for that reason a whitening agent is often applied to them in the hopes of making them appear pearly white once again. What works on enamel however won't usually work well on skin. For one thing, enamel is quite a bit tougher, and certainly not nearly as sensitive. The wrong whitening agent, if applied to the skin under the armpits, could obviously lead to undesirable consequences. Fortunately, there are ways to lighten or whiten the skin under the armpits that are relatively risk free. It's best to look into various methods first, and perhaps consult with a dermatologist, before subjecting your armpits to some miracle creme guaranteed to give you the most attractive armpits anyone could hope for.
Understanding The Causes - When you are treating some condition, it never hurts to try to understand what caused the condition in the first place. Sometimes, if the cause is removed, the problem will eventually go away on its own. The most common cause of dark armpits is friction. Our anatomy is such that the skin under our armpits is almost always rubbing against neighboring skin, and this constant rubbing can cause the skin to darken in the places it where makes contact with other skin. Those who wear undershirts with short sleeves during the day, and pajama tops with sleeves during the night, generally won't have an issue with friction. Friction however, isn't the only cause.
There is some friction involved when one shaves the hair in the armpits, but the real problem with shaving is that it causes tiny abrasions. Although these abrasions are often quite small, in fact they are often referred to as micro abrasions, they will cause scar tissue to form (also tiny in size), but as multiple abrasions heal, the skin will eventually become darker because of the scar tissue. Plucking the hair under the armpits can have the same effect, as can waxing, to some degree. The bottom line is this. If you are determined to have hairless armpits, there is always a risk of the skin becoming darker than the skin that covers the rest of your body.
While not all that common a cause, some deodorants can irritate the skin, causing it to darken. The irritation may not be severe enough to be felt, but the skin can be affected nevertheless. Those who are noticeably overweight can also experience places where the skin becomes darker, including the armpits. Folds in the skin due to obesity often aggravates pigmentation.
Peeling And/Or Bleaching - Now that you know some of the ways armpit skin can become darkened, what can be done to make the skin whiter? Peeling is one solution, and bleaching the skin is another. A topical solution, usually available over the counter, is another approach. There are also several home remedies which appear to work for most people.
Peeling, which involves removing the outer layer of the skin, needs to be done by a dermatologist. It is one of the “don't try this at home” approaches to armpit whitening. Sometimes, peeling needs to be supplemented by bleaching. One can also try bleaching the skin without first peeling the skin, but dermatologists don't recommend that approach. A dermatologist will tell you that if you intend to use a bleaching agent it's best to peel the skin first. A dermatologist would also be the best person to recommend what type of a bleaching agent should be used. As far as a home remedy is concerned, rubbing the armpit with a fresh lemon slice, and then dusting the armpit with powdered alum seems to be a favorite method. This is a “leave-on” solution, though you may not want to leave it on when wearing your best clothes, although it's not supposed to cause stains.
Once you find an armpit whitening solution that works, you may have to keep at it, unless you're able to avoid whatever caused the skin to darken in the first place. If it's deodorant, try another brand. If it's hair removal, have the hair removed by a laser treatment. If it's friction, you may have to figure out a solution on your own.