Best Essential Oils to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Best Essential Oils to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs 
Best Essential Oils to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs 

Essential oils can be used to treat dark inner thighs. 

However, remember that not all of them will do the trick. There are some with properties that are proven to help with hyperpigmentation directly. 

Here are a few that I found to be the most effective. 

5 Best Essential Oils For Dark Inner Thighs

1- Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is very rich in Vitamin C which directly affects the action of the enzyme tyrosinase. This enzyme is necessary for the production of pigment in the skin.

When it does not work, pigment production is reduced. Then the skin gradually becomes lighter as new, less pigmented cells are produced. 

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2- Turmeric Oil

The main nutrient in Turmeric oil is curcumin. The exact way that it inhibits melanin production is not fully understood by science yet. However, it does seem to reduce how much pigment the skin produces over time.

Using this remedy consistently has been proven to gradually lighten mild to moderate patches of darkened skin and scars. 

3- Sandalwood Oil

One specific study indicates that sandalwood oil is a potent inhibitor of tyrosinase, which is a major enzyme in the pathway for melanin production in the skin.

If that enzyme is inhibited, then melanin production is suspended. So, over time, the skin gradually becomes lighter as new, lighter skin cells are produced and used to resurface the skin.

4- Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil is another one that science says inhibits the activity of tyrosinase. This means that it directly affects the way that melanin is produced in the skin. So, when used consistently, the skin gradually becomes lighter as new, less-pigmented skin cells are regenerated.

It is also rich in Beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant and UV protectant for the skin, both of which help prevent free-radical damage and sun damage.

5- Neroli/Sweet Orange Oil

Neroli or Sweet Orange oil works for hyperpigmentation much like lemon oil. It contains tons of Vitamin C which we know is a tyrosinase inhibitor. 

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Essential oils cannot be used on your skin by themselves. They must be diluted properly using suitable carrier oils. 

This is to prevent irritation and chemical burns. Essential oils are very concentrated and much too strong for the skin on their own. 

However, once diluted well enough, the essential + carrier oil mixture can be used on your skin 1-2 times daily.

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Great Carrier Oils to Use

You can use any carrier oil to dilute your essential oil. A few great ones include:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Blackseed Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Diluting Your Essential Oils

To dilute your essential oils, here are a few guidelines to help you. For:

  • 2.5% dilution: 15 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 3% dilution: 20 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 5% dilution: 30 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 10% dilution: 60 drops essential oil per 6 teaspoons carrier oil

I recommend starting with the lowest concentration (2.5% or even less).

Patch test your skin first. If you have no reactions, then use the mixture on your inner thighs. If that low concentration is well tolerated by your skin, you’re good to go. However, if you do not see adequate results in 2 weeks, gradually increase the concentration. 

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Side Effects Of Using Essential Oils To Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Like all skincare remedies, there is always a possibility of irritation and allergic reactions. 

However, with essential oils, the risk of irritation is increased and an additional risk of chemical burns is also a concern. This is because of how strong these oils are.

Therefore, it is always a great idea to patch test your skin first to ensure that your oil is well diluted and will not damage your skin. It can also help to anticipate and prevent allergic reactions (if you are unsure whether you are allergic to any of the oils you choose to use). 

If you do experience chemical burns (you may feel stinging or burning that does not subside, pain, numbness and may see redness and swelling), seek medical attention right away.


Essential oils are temporary treatments for hyperpigmentation. However, while they will lighten your inner thighs, they will need to be a continuous treatment to maintain their effect. 

Also, these oils will work gradually. They will usually produce visible results in 2-4 weeks of consistent use. However, this will vary for everyone depending on:

  • Your skin’s reaction
  • How bad your hyperpigmentation is
  • Consistency of use
  • How concentrated your mixture is
  • The kinds of oils you choose to use (some may work faster than others)


There are also some other great alternative treatments for dark inner thighs.

Check out these articles to learn more:

How to Use Vitamin C to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

How to Use Kojic Acid to Lighten Dark Inner Thighs

Hydroquinone for Dark Inner Thighs- How to Use & Risks

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