I know a number of people who have major issues with dark armpits, especially because it give the illusion that one hasn't removed their armpit hair. Today, I thought it may be interesting to discuss a few techniques you could try in order to set this issue straight.

What causes dark armpits in the first place?
There can be a number of different causes for this:

  • allergies/sensitivity: maybe to the hair removal cream you're using, or to roll-on/deodorants with alcohol or an ingredient called Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY
  • waxing: creates heat and possibly lifts off a little more than the dead skin layer upon removal
  • shaving: also, by possibly pressing a little to hard and shaving off a little more that the dead skin, possibly using the wrong type of shaving stick, or as a result of little cuts you get each time you make a wrong move
  • ingrown hairs

What can you do to try and fix it?
  • laser hair removal: which is not always an affordable option but well worth the investment and you'll never have to shave afterwards
  • try using an epilator, this plucks the hair from the root and does damage the skin's surface eg. Phillips has a number to choose from
  • try using deodorant/roll-on with no alcohol or for sensitive skin eg. The Body Shop or Nivea etc
  • exfoliate your underarms twice a week to get rid of the dead skin and encourage new brighter looking skin to come to the surface - some people use baking soda for this (refer to my previous post on bicarb here)
  • rub your underarms with a lemon slice, after taking a shower at night
  • try sugaring (it's a form of hair removal, similar to waxing but more gentle)
  • underarm lightening deodorant/roll-on 
Do you have issues with dark armpits? What have you tried and did it work? Leave your comments below :)


  1. I get this - so annoying as it looks like I have stubble when I don't haha - will definitely give some of these tips a go! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

    1. Go for it. Let me know which method works for you. x

  2. Wow, I didn't even know that!


  3. Glad I could share something useful 😉

  4. I've recently started epilating and exfoliating regularly.
    Thanks for the tip about the ingredient in roll on/deodorants, I will definitely keep an eye out for that

    1. Thank you Lungi. You will love the results of epilating if you stick to it. It will minimise your hair growth so much over time. Let me know how you get on with maintaining clear underarms.


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