How to brighten your underarms and stop underarm acne

I can't believe I am finally sharing this post. I meant to share a lot earlier but I must admit this post was very embarrassing for me to share, but I know I am not the only one going through this so I knew I had to share. 

Hyperpigmentation is something I have dealt with and still dealing with most of my adult life. It got so bad that I wouldn't even wear anything that had short sleeves because I was afraid that someone would accidentally see my underarms and judge me. Which I did get judged a couple of times btw -_-

Hyperpigmentation is very common in people of color because we secrete the hormone MC1R, a hormone which produces melanin, more than people of other races. In my case every time I shave I not only secrete more amounts of this hormone but also get huge painful bumps due to my sensitive skin.

In this post, I will share with you guys how I have managed to get rid of most my scarring from razor bumps, as well as reduce the appearance of darkness in my underarms, by reducing the production of this hormone MC1R.


1. Veet Hair Remover
2. Tumeric
3. Honey
4. Sugar


Veet hair Remover: I completely stopped shaving 3 years ago, because the blade would irritate my skin and cause bumps, so I switched first to Nair hair remover cream but I found that I had to wait really long times for the hair to come off and it wouldn't even take off the hair in my hoo-ha (TMI) so I switched to Veet, thanks to my model friend, Angeer, who recommended it. This has been a lifesaver and I would recommend it if you have really tough coarse hair like me. I put the cream on and literally less than 2 minutes later, I wipe down with a small towel and all the hair comes right off.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a has a powerful compound called curcumin. Which has other benefits like curing depression, arthritis, etc. In regards to skin whitening, curcumin effectively resolves hyperpigmentation, as well as melanin production. What curcumin does is it restricts/blocks the ACTH hormone which produces MC1R which is a protein that stimulates melanin production, thus lightens skin.

Honey: This locks in moisture in the skin cells as well as treats acne and relieves sunburns.

Sugar: This is mainly used for its grainy nature, and hence perfect for exfoliating purposes.


Before shaving, I mix 2 teaspoons of honey with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric + 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl. Then I let it sit. After shaving, I spread an even layer over my underarms and gently rub with my middle and index finger for about 60 seconds. I rinse off with lukewarm water. I would recommend using a glove though because turmeric can stain your nails. Do this treatment 3 times a week and you will notice a difference.

Who else has issues with hyperpigmentation? Please comment your experience and what you are currently using or have used to get rid of it? I definitely want to know other ways to treat hyperpigmentation. Also if you try my method, let me know if you see any results within the first week of trying. Trust me if this worked for me it'll work for you.

Thanks for visiting my blog, See you in the next post ♥ AB! 


  1. Hey April!

    Thanks for sharing because I needed this, i am also dealing with hyper pigmentation but I don't let it get to me.

    I will get tumeric & try this

    1. Ok Funke please let me know how it goes. Share your results!

  2. This is a great post, and I'm also in the process of giving a natural mix a try. Would you reckon it works for knees too? Oh, and how long did it take to achieve your results?

    Funmi x

    1. Thanks Funmi! You should totally give it a go, I promise you'll see a difference. What have you used in the past if you don't mind sharing? I literally started too see results right away, but vivid results after 1 year of consistent use. Also something I might add is to exfoliate with an exfoliating brush as well if you have extremely sensitive skin like me. I just incorporated this into my routine and it's made a huge difference. I almost never get bumps now. Here is a link to the brush I am currently using:

      Goodluck! Let me know how your trial goes :-)

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