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Kili-Kili Whitening Trends: What Are Some Ways To Whiten Armpits?

Medically reviewed by Mia Dacumos, MD · Nephrology · Makati Medical Center

Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jun 14, 2023

Kili-Kili Whitening Trends: What Are Some Ways To Whiten Armpits?

Skin whitening is a popular practice in the Philippines. In particular, a lot of people are interested about ways to whiten their armpits. This is also the reason why there are a lot of kili-kili whitening trends in the country.

Some of these methods are done with the help of a professional, such as a dermatologist. Though, there are also some DIY methods of doing it.

Read on to learn more about these kili-kili whitening trends, how safe they are, and if they really are effective when it comes to whitening armpits.

Kili-Kili Whitening Trends

Before we talk about the various trends for whitening armpits, we need to talk about why people do it in the first place.

Over time, it’s not uncommon for skin to become darker in color. This phenomenon is known as hyperpigmentation, and it can happen due to a number of reasons. These can include genetics, sun exposure, old age, skin conditions, other medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, or even friction from certain types of clothing.

For the most part, hyperpigmentation isn’t something to be worried about. Most of the time, hyperpigmentation is harmless, and it’s very rare for it to be a sign of a more serious condition.

However, some people find hyperpigmentation to be “unsightly”, so they try different ways on how to lighten their skin.

One of the most common concerns that people have is with regard to their armpits. Armpits can be more prone to hyperpigmentation due to friction, shaving, plucking, waxing, or even wearing deodorant. This is why kili-kili whitening trends that promise lighter underarms still remain popular.

What are some of these methods?

Through Procedures Done by a Dermatologist

The first and most straightforward approach is undergoing procedures done by a dermatologist. These might be more expensive compared to other methods, but they are effective and done by a licensed professional. Here are some of those methods:

Special Creams

Those looking to have lighter skin, especially underarms, can visit their dermatologist to get creams that can help lighten skin. These usually contain hydroquinone and a corticosteroid, usually hydrocortisone.

Your dermatologist will be the one to advise you on how to use the cream, how much to use and how often. Treatment can last for a few months or until you’re satisfied with the effects.

It’s possible to experience side effects such as redness, a burning sensation, or itchy skin. If you experience these symptoms, be sure to tell your dermatologist about them.

Laser Treatment

As the name suggests, laser treatment involves using lasers to lighten skin. It works by “burning” off the upper layer of skin, or burning off cells that contain melanin. This procedure can cause some discomfort such as a stinging or burning sensation. Dermatologists sometimes use a numbing cream to avoid such sensations.

The procedure lasts from 30-60 minutes, and it will take about 1-2 weeks for your skin to recover. Patients usually experience some redness at first. But once the skin heals, it goes away over time.

DIY Methods

There are 2 popular DIY methods when it comes to kili-kili whitening trends. The first uses baking soda, and the second one uses a lemon.

Using Baking Soda

This is pretty straightforward as all you need to do is mix some baking soda with water to form a paste, and then rub it on your armpits. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and then wash it off afterward.

Many say that over time, you’ll notice your skin becoming lighter.

Using a Lemon

This method involves rubbing a lemon on your armpits and leaving the juice for 30 minutes. Some people also recommend mixing baking soda with lemon for a stronger effect.

Afterward, wash off the juice and dry your armpits. Over time, you should notice your skin getting lighter.

Whitening Creams and Lotions

Lastly, you can also use certain whitening creams and lotions. However, the risk with these products is that they can sometimes burn your skin, causing it to turn much darker. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin.

So it’s not really advisable to use these products if you want to have lighter underarms.

Key Takeaways

When it comes to kili-kili whitening trends, the important thing to remember is to prioritize your safety. Don’t try out every whitening product you see, especially if it’s not recommended by a doctor.
Your best bet is still to visit your dermatologist and talk to them about what can be done about lightening your underarms.

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Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Medically reviewed by

Mia Dacumos, MD

Nephrology · Makati Medical Center

Written by Jan Alwyn Batara · Updated Jun 14, 2023

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