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How to lighten my armpits? Dark underarm discoloration

DARK UNDERARMS is a big topic and how to lighten them. Good thing you found us because Bare Pits has the best options. Scroll to the bottom to follow the steps.

Before we get into the how, I want to give you some context for why this problem is a little tricky. Underarm skin is delicate. In terms of depth, it is analogous to eyelid skin. This means that it is very easy to irritate this skin, and unfortunately, irritation also produces additional pigmentation. Next, underarm skin folds onto itself. This increases the absorption of any product applied to the area. This is significant because all ingredients that help with hyperpigmentation are (to some degree) irritating. So a very delicate balance is required to achieve improvement without further irritation. 

I tell you this because I want you to understand more is not more. Many of the tips below will focus on minimizing irritation to the area. Patience and the willpower to not do the most will be required to see results. As a rule of thumb, the longer the pigmentation has been present, the longer it will take to see significant improvement.

With that said, ahead you'll discover eight of the best ways to treat and lighten underarm hyperpigmentation.

A rash is a sign of skin inflammation and may present with redness, itching, flakiness, and/or local roughness to the skin. If any of these signs or symptoms are present, we recommend first using our HOLY pit butter or organic armpit healing oil to heal. 

Possible causes of inflammation frequently include:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Superficial fungal infections
  • Allergic contact dermatitis from nickel or fragrance (often from deodorant)

Since irritation can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, the first thing you want to do is remove anything that's potentially causing or worsening the problem.

Since natural deodorants do not limit sweating, they tend to be highly fragranced. Some people develop allergies to these plant-based fragrances. These skin allergies typically present with redness and itching. Others develop irritation and a rash from excessive sweat.

However, natural deodorants can cause hyperpigmentation without a rash. Sodium bicarbonate is a common ingredient in natural deodorants, and this ingredient has anecdotally been linked to hyperpigmentation without a rash.

GOOD THING BARE PITS does not use artificial fragrances or baking soda


  • Apply Bare Pits weekly armpit detox paste  or miracle dead sea mud clay detox mask a few times a week initially and use as armpit maintenance monthly. For the first few weeks about 3 times a week.
  • Part of armpit care is to cleanse your pits the same way you do your face weekly. Using Bare Pits organic armpit cleansing spray and our armpit & skin aloe rose toner daily will help remove the bacteria causing odor and provide nourishment to your skin from the antioxidants. This helps natural deodorant work its best. The toner can be used on face, neck, chest, underarms. It also helps lighten underarms. 
  • Exfoliating your armpits is the best way to incorporate keeping your skin silky smooth and odor free. Bare Pits Mono'i de Tahiti Infused Tiare Exfoliating Turmeric Neem Deep Cleansing Scrub is packed with healing ingredients and minerals to exfoliate dead skin, rebalance PH, and keep your skin smooth and smelling like paradise! This can be done 3-4 times a week.