15 Ways to Naturally Whiten Dark Underarms, Knees, and Elbows

Lifestyle | By Ian Anglin | December 12, 2017

As some people age, some areas of their body may become visibly darker than the nearby areas. That is the reason why some people spend hundreds of dollars in expensive beauty salons in order to improve the appearance of their skin. The good news is that you don't have to spend that much money for treatments that might not work on your skin type - there are dozens of different natural solutions that you can try out at home. This article lists 15 such solutions - so let's check them out.

Use an Aloe Vera Gel

Using an Aloe Vera gel actually has multiple uses. A lot of people seem to be using this product for sunburns, although the same effect can be used to whiten your underarms, knees, and elbows. Just apply the gel, and leave it on the needed areas for around 20 minutes before washing it off.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is another product that has multiple uses. A lot of people use it for gastrointestinal reflux, but due to the pH index of baking soda, you can also use it to whiten different areas of your body. To properly use it, mix 3 parts baking soda with water.

Lemon Slices

Slices of lemon have a similar effect on the skin as baking soda, so these two products can be used interchangeably. Lemon is also an excellent exfoliating agent, so using it on rare occasions can also be good for the shine and quality of your skin.

Mixing Sugar and Olive Oil

Very few people know of this recipe, but it works. The reason mixing sugar and olive oil works is that the sugar granules are effectively going to scrub off dry and dead skin cells, while the olive oil is going to help them smoothly move over the top of your skin.

Cucumber Slices

It is said that placing and massaging your skin (especially on your underarms) with thick slices of cucumber is a very effective way of whitening the skin in that area. To boost this effect, blend the cucumbers with lemon juice and apply the mix on your underarms.

Mixing Milk with Curd

This is another relatively unknown recipe. It seems that mixing milk with a small amount of curd can offer great benefits if you need to lighten up areas on your body that have dry and dark skin. Remember to apply this mixture once every few days for an optimal effect.

Massaging with Almond Oil

Almond oil is an oil made only out of almonds with no other additives. It has been pretty popular lately and is a great alternative if coconut oil is more expensive in your area. To use almond oil to freshen up your skin, just apply it to the needed areas and leave it there for 20 minutes.


Potatoes are a staple food for many people (and can also be made into delicious French fries), but few people know that potatoes have a secondary function as well. They can be used to freshen up your skin if you can grind the potatoes, mix them with some water, and then apply the mixture to the affected areas.


Vinegar can also be a miracle solution for dark armpits and other areas of your body. To properly use it, mix rice flour with vinegar to get a thick paste, take a hot shower so that you clean your body, and then apply the paste for about 10-15 minutes.


Sandalwood is a very useful ingredient for removing dry and old skin cells from your body. A secondary benefit is that sandalwood can also remove body odor. To properly use it, mix the sandalwood with two to three tablespoon of rose water before applying on your skin.

Gram Flour

Gram flour is another great ingredient that can freshen up the dull areas of your body. In some areas, gram flour is known as besan. To use it, mix two tablespoons of gram flour with one tablespoon each of plain yogurt and lemon juice, with a bit of turmeric powder in order to get a thick paste.


Wax is one of the only solutions to be listed in this article that isn't 100% natural, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work or that it is harmful. Waxing can work because it not only removes hair from the affected areas but some amount of dead skin cells as well.

Egg Oil

Egg oil is a natural bleaching agent, just like cucumbers, potatoes, and lemons. You can either make egg oil at home (from the egg's yolk) or you can buy some from specialized stores if they have it in your area. Remember to use this oil once every few days for the best effect.

Moisturize the Areas

If some of the treatments on this page work out for you, then that's great. One thing you should remember is that even if you lighten up these areas of your skin, you are going to need to moisturize them in the future so that they don't become dark again.

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