Most common causes of dark underarms:
- Prolonged sun exposure.
- Trauma due to hair removal from shaving or waxes that irritate the skin.
- Transpiration, humidity, and constant friction in the area.
- Some deodorants, perfumes, and other chemicals can generate inflammatory reactions in the armpits with residual dark pigmentation.
- There may be an individual propensity for increased melanin (skin pigment) production in some parts of the body, such as the armpits.
- If you have dark spots in the neck, folds, and joints in addition to the armpits, you should be evaluated by a physician to rule out related metabolic disorders.
Simple Ways to improve dark underarms?
- You should exfoliate once a week.
- It would be best if you regularly change your razor and when shaving, do not shave dry; remember always to use shaving foam.
- Use SPF equal or higher than 30; you should apply 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours.
- The use of acid-based compounds for depigmentation is strong and irritating for this area and should be done under dermatological prescription.
- Be careful when trying homemade routines with citrus or homemade mixtures such as lemon since when in contact with the sun, these types of substances can intensify the stains.
Most Effective Ways to improve dark underarms?
- Definitive hair removal is the most recommended option, eliminating a high percentage of hair, improving the appearance of the underarm skin and its color, with good results in all phototypes (light and dark skins).
- Highly effective depigmentation peels like the cosmelan MD treatment can lighten the underarms by 3-5 shades