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7 Easy, Natural Ways To Say Goodbye To Dark Inner Thighs

If dark inner thighs are embarrassing, lighten them with home remedies. Apply lemon juice, aloe vera, gel, and plain yogurt every day for effective results. Mix coconut oil and lemon juice and apply it to the affected areas. Turmeric powder with milk cream or dried orange peel and honey can help, too. A water-baking soda paste can lighten dark inner thighs as well.

You thought you could say goodbye to your dark inner thighs once you were done with school. Finishing school meant that you did not have to wear their uniforms that may have exposed your embarrassing thighs. Unfortunately, it never ended there.

Dark inner thighs are caused due to several reasons. For some, it may be due to some hormonal changes while for others it may be due to excessive exposure to sunlight. Sometimes, a friction that may be caused between your thighs while walking may cause dark inner thighs. Tight clothing, excess sweat, certain medical conditions like diabetes, medications, shaving, or waxing may cause your inner thighs to look darker than the rest of your skin.

Hiding your dark inner thighs is not a permanent solution. So, here is a list of home remedies you can try to get rid of the pigmentation issues near your inner thigh areas.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that may help lighten skin.1 It also possesses acidic properties and is rich in vitamin C that may help in the production of new skin cells. Lemon juice may cause dryness to your skin; therefore, make sure to moisturize after its application.

How To Use:

  • Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl.
  • With a cotton swab, apply it to the inner thighs or the dark areas.
  • Let it remain for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  • You can repeat this two to three times a week.
  • For sensitive skin, lemon juice may be diluted in water.
  • An alternative method would be to mix 1 tablespoon of glycerin and lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of rose water. Apply this to the dark areas on the thighs and leave it overnight. Rinse off the following morning with water.

2. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Aloe vera has a cooling and soothing effect. This remedy is particularly useful when your darkness is due to friction between the thighs. Aloe vera can also make the skin soft and may effectively decrease the pigmentation issues.2

How To Use:

  • Scrape the gel of the aloe vera leaf and apply it directly to your skin.
  • Let it remain for 20 minutes; then, rinse with warm water.
  • You can repeat this twice or thrice a day.
  • An alternative remedy would be mixing a few drops of almond oil with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Apply this to your inner thighs and massage gently onto your skin. Let it remain for 15 minutes; then, rinse with water and pat dry.

3. Plain Yogurt

Plain Yogurt Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

If you have dark inner thighs due to overexposure to the sun, then yogurt may be the best option for your problem. It has mild bleaching properties and the presence of zinc in it can combat sunburns. It also gives a cooling effect to the skin.

How To Use:

  • You can apply plain yogurt to the dark areas in your inner thighs.
  • Let it remain for 15 to 20 minutes and then, rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Another method involves 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and gram flour each. Mix all these in plain yogurt and apply to the desired areas. Rinse with water after allowing the mixture to dry on the skin.
  • You can apply this pack twice or thrice a week.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer. So, sensitive skins may find this remedy a boon. If you have dry skin, coconut oil may double its effects on your inner thighs.

How To Use:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil.
  • Apply this on your inner thigh region and let it remain for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water afterward.
  • You may use this method once every day or alternate days.

5. Turmeric Powder

Turmeric Powder Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Turmeric is a widely used ingredient or spice in Indian and other cuisines. The turmeric powder may also help with skin pigmentation issues. Certain animal studies showed how turmeric may be an effective remedy to cure pigmentation, wrinkles, and other skin-related issues.3 If your inner thigh discoloration is due to excess melanin production, turmeric powder may be the best remedy to use.

How To Use:

  • Mix a little turmeric powder with one tablespoon of milk cream.
  • Apply this to the desired areas and let it remain until it dries up.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • You may repeat this once every day.

6. Orange Peel

Orange Peel Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Oranges are great summer fruits. You may want to save their peels as well to get rid of your dark inner thighs. Orange peels are rich in vitamin C and may have a mild bleaching effect on the skin. They may also promote new skin cells leading to even skin tone.

How To Use:

  • Sun-dry a few orange peels and grind it into a powder form.
  • Mix a tablespoon or two of honey with orange peel powder and mix well.
  • Apply this mixture to your inner thighs.
  • Let the mixture dry on the skin.
  • Scrub the dried orange peel mix with wet hands.
  • Then, rinse with water and pat dry.
  • You may use this remedy two to three times a week.

7. Baking Soda

Baking Soda Can Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Baking soda is a multipurpose ingredient. It can also be used to lighten your inner thighs. It may be used for exfoliation and may also help remove a suntan that may cause your skin to appear dark in certain areas. If you have a sensitive skin, be careful as it may be harsh on your skin.

How To Use:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of either milk or water to make a paste.
  • You may add a teaspoon of honey to the paste.
  • After mixing well, apply it to the inner thighs.
  • Rub gently in slow, circular motions for a few minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Apart from these listed remedies, you can also use oatmeal with water or tomato paste to get rid of dark inner thighs. It may also help to get rid of any blackheads or clogged pores that you may not have noticed.

Cucumber juice is also an easy but effective remedy to lighten inner thighs. You can also mix it with lemon juice for better results.

All skin types are not the same, therefore, if one remedy works for a friend, you should not expect the same results for your skin. Before trying any remedy, make sure to do a patch test.

References   [ + ]

1. Smit, Nico, Jana Vicanova, and Stan Pavel. “The hunt for natural skin whitening agents.” International journal of molecular sciences 10, no. 12 (2009): 5326-5349.
2. Sarkar, Rashmi, Pooja Arora, and K. Vijay Garg. “Cosmeceuticals for hyperpigmentation: What is available?.” Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery 6, no. 1 (2013): 4.
3. Sumiyoshi, Maho, and Yoshiyuki Kimura. “Effects of a turmeric extract (Curcuma longa) on chronic ultraviolet B irradiation-induced skin damage in melanin-possessing hairless mice.” Phytomedicine 16, no. 12 (2009): 1137-1143.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.