It is quite embarrassing when a part of your body is darker than the rest.
Some people might not give so much thought to dark inner thighs because it is hidden. It however becomes an embarrassing problem when you wanna rock those new shorts or your mini skirt – or when you wanna spend an intimate time with that significant other. It is at this point you realize the need to get those thighs back to their right skin colour.
Why Are My Thighs Dark?
If you have dark inner thighs it could be because of different reasons. But mainly, it is caused by hyper pigmentation.
That means, the skin on your inner thighs produces too much Melanin. Melanin determines skin colour. The more melanin your skin produces, the darker your skin becomes.
Obesity is a major cause of dark thighs. In fact, it’s been found that if you are fat, you will have dark thighs. This is because the skin of your thighs rub against each other any time you walk. That friction makes your thigh dark.
Other causes include regular shaving, excessive sweating, exposure to ultra violet sun rays and hormonal imbalance.
The good thing about those annoying dark thighs is that there are a lot of ways you can make sure your skin gets back its normal colour. And what’s better? You can do it on your own
Here are some home remedies you can use to get rid of dark inner thighs:
Potato is one of the natural whitening agricultural produce. It contains catecholase, which is responsible for skin whitening. Basically, potato juice makes your skin fairer.
Get a slice of potato. Rub it on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. When you are done, rinse off with warm water.
Cucumber is a natural moisturizer. It is also a natural skin whitening agent. Cucumber also works on your skin cells. It helps to renew dying skin cells and remove skin cells that are already dead.
All you have to do is get a slice of cucumber. Gently rub it on your thighs for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. Be sure to do this at least once a day. Twice a day is preferable though.
To get a faster result, you could also add a few drops of lemon juice to the cucumber; maybe two drops or three. Rub it on your skin for 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Just like cucumbers, lemon removes dead skin cells. It is quite acidic, and this makes it a good natural bleaching agent.
Lemon is enriched with Vitamin C. And Vitamin C helps to recreate new skin cells, as well as remove dead ones.
You should first dilute the lemon juice with water because of its high acidic content. If you don’t do so, you might have skin burns and skin irritations.
Dip a cotton ball into the diluted juice and rub on your thighs for five minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. This should be done two times or three times every week.
You should remember that lemon is acidic, so you should not use it on your skin if you have a sore or cut on your skin. If you just shaved, lemon on your skin is a huge NO too.
You might want to make use of a moisturizer when you are done, because lemon tends to leave the skin dry.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is your safe bet for a natural antioxidant. It nourishes and repairs your skin.
It helps to calm skin irritations. It contains alpine, which is a skin whitening agent. If you also have an oily skin, you might want to try out aloe vera.
Extract the gel from aloe vera leaf. Massage the gel gently on your skin. Let it be for 20 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. You should do this every day.
You can also mix almond oil and aleo vera. Drop few drops of almond oil into two tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Rub on the affected area. Then wash off with warm water after 20 minutes.
It should be done twice daily.
If you are in need of a natural exfoliating experience, oatmeal is the key. Oatmeal is a natural exfoliant. It is used to cure skin inflammatory conditions. It removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin soft.
Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal with tomato juice. Stir until it becomes a thick paste. Apply on dark thighs and let it be for 20 minutes. Then gently use your fingers to rub off dead skin cells. Rinse off with water.
Apply twice a week until you get your desired result.
Coconut Oil (and water)
Coconut oil removes dark spots, with the help of the fatty acid it contains.
It is a great antioxidant and has moisturizing properties that leave your skin moist and soft. You want to remove that black patch on your thighs? Then get coconut oil.
It however doesn’t stop at coconut oil. Coconut water also helps. It rejuvenates your skin.
Get three tablespoons of coconut oil and “one tablespoon of lemon. Mix well and apply on your thighs. Gently massage and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
This should be done daily.
You can also drink coconut water. And you can also mix lemon juice and coconut water. Apply on black thighs. Follow the procedure for coconut oil.
Yoghurt contains lactic acid, and this makes it a (very gentle) bleaching agent that can lighten the colour of your inner thighs.
More so, its zinc content combats sunburn too!
Rub plain yoghurt gently on your inner thighs. Let it be for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Do this once every day.
You can also mix the yoghurt with juice of lemon.
Other than using home remedies to lighten your dark inner thighs, there are ways of living and habits you must change to reduce those dark patches. Here are some:
Watch Your Weight
As said earlier, one of the major reasons for dark inner thigh is obesity. This is because the thighs tend to overlap while walking.
You could begin with exercises that concentrate on your thighs. Removing a few pounds off your body weight might reduce the black patch on your thighs.
Friction occurs when both thighs rub against each other when you walk. It makes you sweat, causes itching and gradually leads to dark inner thighs.
So you can begin with letting go of those tight jeans and get some loose pants. Wear more of cotton fabric instead of nylon. Nylon might irritate your skin.
Shield your skin from the sun
It is normal to want to wear shorts and short skirts, or wear that bikini outfit at the beach.
But you need to keep your skin away from the sun as much as you can. Ultraviolet rays from the sun affect your skin and can cause great damage to its colour. For the mean time, stick to longer outfits.
Do not use contraceptives until you consult a physician
You might not know, but those contraceptives you have been taking might be the reason for your dark inner thighs. So don’t get contraceptives over the counter – talk to your doctor!
Also keep a tab on the effects it has on your skin. If you notice anything unusual, speak to your doctor immediately.
Total body beauty is every woman’s goal. Your thighs might be hidden, but dark inner thighs are still an eye sore. Try out the recommended home remedies and lifestyle changes in this article. It is only a matter of time and you will have an even-toned, flawless thigh skin.
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