Best Underarm Whitening Treatment

Having dark underarms can be a fashion and self-esteem buster, but take heart, you are not alone. It’s no wonder women are on the quest for the best underarm whitening treatment, like fat reduction and acne treatments.


What Causes Dark Underarms?

  • Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
    Hair removal methods like shaving and plucking, plus chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants, can repeatedly irritate skin, leading to an excess production of pigment cells (melanocytes) and hence melanin (pigment responsible for dark underarms), called PIH.

    Shaving and hair removal creams cause hair regrowth to be thicker and coarser, while plucking causes ingrown hair, worsening underarm darkening.

  • Acanthosis nigricans (AN)
    AN usually indicates an underlying medical condition, like prediabetes/diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity or hypothyroidism, causing your underarms to be velvety-rough and darkened.

  • Accumulation of dead skin cells


Best Underarm Whitening Options

To get the best underarm whitening effect, try these methods:

  • Moisturising and exfoliating
    Moisturising your underarms helps reduce physical or chemical irritation — Use products containing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid/hyaluronate and Vitamin E, to keep the skin on your armpits hydrated and smooth.

    Exfoliate your underarms regularly to slough off dead skin cells that dull and darken your underarms and reveal brighter skin.

  • Energy-based skin lightening
    These procedures work by using light energy in the appropriate wavelength to target, heat and destroy pigment particles up to the dermal layer, leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The destroyed pigment particles then rise to the surface as scabs that are removed, or transported and eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system and metabolism over time.

  • Skin-lightening topical creams
    Examples include retinoids, hydroquinone, Vitamin C and chemical peels. They lighten skin discolourations by stimulating new collagen formation, increasing cell turnover rate, inhibiting melanin production or removing dead skin cells where hyperpigmented cells have accumulated.