What You Should Know About Skin Lighteners For Underarms

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If you have dark underarms, the condition is not something to be embarrassed about because having dark underarms is a condition that affects more people than you think, but it’s only now that people are talking about it and finding solutions to it.

Dark underarms can be caused by a number of factors. According to the dermatologists we talked to, it can be caused by shaving, browning or graying of the skin caused by rubbing your skin against rough fabric. Other times, however, it’s simply a result of hormonal changes in the body (from pregnancy or from ageing) or using creams and deodorants that stain.

Dark underarmsIf you want to darken your underarms, you need to use skin lighteners, but not just any kind of lightener. You should use product that contain hydroquinone as the active ingredient because it is effective in lightening your skin.

That said, when you’re shopping for a skin lightener for your underarms, you should check the back label and make sure one of the active ingredients is hydroquinone.

You can also use creams that use alpha hydroxyl, an acidic ingredient that can bleach the skin.

There are other whitening ingredients out there that can be used as the active ingredient in skin lightening products for underarms. Before buying, make sure you do some research on the effectiveness of the ingredient.

There is one product that we found called SB (for South Beach) which is proving to be very effective based on the number of positive reviews that it got. SB used its patented Insta-Brite technology which instantly makes your underarms lighter.

There’s a long list of ingredients that goes into making SB and while they’re rather hard-to-pronounce, the only thing you need to know is that they are natural ingredients that can be used on any skin type because they are hypo-allergenic. Also, they don’t contain any dyes, cancer-causing parabens, fragrances and alcohol.

under arm skin creamWith SB’s Insta-Brite technology, you can actually make your underarms lighter during the first application, and it will get better the more you apply it. This product, however, is NOT cheap and costs close to $50.

But we like to say that when it comes to skin lighteners for underarms, and as with anything else in life, you do get what you pay for. Cheap underarm lighteners of the drugstore variety contain harsh chemicals that have a so-called bleaching effect on the top layer of the skin, which can burn the skin.

Any decent underarm skin whitening product should be effective but at the same time, safe. We’ve found that good products actually have the following step-by-step effects.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is a natural skin process that involves shedding off of the skin’s top layer. Exfoliating the skin is actually a very important process in whitening your underarms. When you exfoliate, the dead skin cells peel off, making the underlying skin ready to receive treatment.

De-pigmentation

After the skin has exfoliated, your underarm whitening product should deliver a formula containing de-pigmentation agents that seep into skin’s deeper layer. The formula should work to slow the activity of Tyrosinase, which is the enzyme that’s responsible for the darkening of the skin.

Moisturizing

using MoisturizerWhen the de-pigmentation formula has seeped through the skin, the skin should be moisturized in order to protect it.

The skin sheds dead cells regularly. When you regularly use good underarm whitening products, you should a difference in your skin in no time because of the suppression of Tyrosinase, the darkening agent of the skin.

How long should you use a product before you can expect results? That really depends on your skin (read: how dark it is) but you can expect to see a difference in a matter of two to three weeks. In order to get the best results, use a product according to the directions of the manufacturer. If it says two to three times everyday, use it two to three times a day.

Probably the only bad thing about products for whitening underarms is that you can’t use them if you’re pregnant or lactating. Also, once you use them, you need to keep on using them if you want to maintain a fair shade in your underarms.

Before shopping for skin lightening products, however, you might want to have your blood sugar level checked out because you might be having some form of insulin resistance. If you’re a woman, have yourself checked for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

If you’re negative for diabetes and PCOS, you can take advantage of home-made solutions.

Natural bleaching agentsNatural bleaching agents include powdered sandalwood with rose water. You can apply the resulting paste on your underarms. Let it stay on the affected area for 30 minutes before rinsing.

Another good bleaching mixture is Shea butter with oil-based Vitamin E. Apply the resulting cream twice a day. You should be able to see a difference within a week.

As you can see from above, there are many items out there, both creams and homemade formulations, that you can use right now in order to treat dark underarms.

If you ask us, however, we think you should try out the natural formulas first before trying the commercial formulas.

Before using any of them, consult with your doctor and dermatologist. This is especially true if you intend on using commercial creams and other formulations for whitening your underarms.

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