It is not uncommon for the skin to be prone to spots during pregnancy; happens to most pregnant women. They can originate from cute freckles on the cheeks – which give a slightly frivolous air to the wearer – or they can even present themselves as unsightly spots under the armpits.
Obviously everything will depend on the skin type of the affected person, but it is one of the most annoying symptoms of pregnancy. The cause of the appearance of these spots in the armpits is to be found in the hormonal changes. But even if they normally disappear after giving birth, there are methods to speed up the disappearance process, with solutions that we are about to present to you.
Why do spots appear in the armpits?
Some pregnant women have dark spots under the armpits, others do not ; the same happens with the inner thigh area and with the nipples. They are part of the process of changes that disrupt the body during pregnancy; after childbirth – when the hormones return to their normal levels – these spots usually lighten.
However, darker-skinned women are more likely to have these spots than fair-skinned women. And, of course, it’s also very likely that once the hormones have returned to normal levels, the former won’t regain their pre-pregnancy pigmentation.
Stains under the armpits: how to get rid of them?
First of all, prevention is key. The skin must be well hydrated, whether by drinking a sufficient amount of fluids, or by using moisturizing creams or lotions. And when you go out in the sun, don’t forget to use a good sunscreen to prevent sun damage from worsening the situation.
1. Your baby’s urine
While there is no scientific evidence to support this “grandmother’s remedy”, it might work. This method consists of moistening a piece of cotton wool, placing it on the baby’s pee-soaked diaper – at the time of the diaper change – and then rubbing the cotton on the skin. Let it dry.
2. Breast milk
Among the many beneficial properties of breast milk is the fact that it can help lighten areas of the skin that have darkened during pregnancy. You simply have to extract some milk, apply it on the spots under the armpits and let it dry on the skin, without covering it. You can also try this remedy on pre-pregnancy blemishes.
3. The oats
Prepare a mixture with two tablespoons of oats, a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice. Spread the batter on your armpits and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water. You can proceed with this remedy while your baby is resting, to carve out a few minutes for yourself and for your beauty.
Mix about 10 drops of glycerin, 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of almond or olive oil in a container. Apply this paste on armpit stains before taking a bath. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash as usual.
It is a good ingredient for making a scrub once a week. To prepare it, mix a tablespoon of natural yogurt and a tablespoon of oats. Apply it on the armpits making a soothing massage. Leave for five minutes and remove with warm water. Preferably, apply a moisturizer afterwards.
6. Hydrogen peroxide
Your skin must have been previously cleansed and dried. Then apply hydrogen peroxide (volume 10) every evening on the skin of the armpits. Use cotton wool to apply the product. Then let the hydrogen peroxide act for 5 minutes and remove with plenty of cold water.
7. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a great ally for the beauty of the skin. Prepare a batter with coconut oil and oats; spread it on your armpits and let it act for 15 minutes. Then rinse with water.
8. Chemical peeling
This cosmetic treatment eliminates the layers of blotchy skin. It uses different acids to restore the natural color of the skin; among these, salicylic – which favors the elimination of melanin – mandelic acid – which increases the quantity of collagen – and kojic acid, with antioxidant properties for the skin. This treatment can be applied if you are not breastfeeding.
9. The laser
Laser treatment focuses on the stain; all without damaging the skin tissue, which is used to depigment the spots on the armpits. The drawback is that these applications require more than one session for results to be noticed , so it is not compatible with the time it takes for a newborn.
We recommend not subjecting the delicate skin of the armpits to extreme treatments, especially after childbirth, when the skin is particularly sensitive. In addition, a newborn requires extreme attention, so you will not have free time to undergo cosmetic treatments, which usually require several sessions.
Avoid using baking soda, which although it is an excellent ally for health, beauty and whiteness of the teeth, can be very abrasive for this delicate area. Instead of getting discolored, you may be making armpit spots worse.
And if the spots cause itching and irritation, we recommend that you contact a dermatologist to assess what the causes may be and what are the best solutions.