Let’s talk about dark underarms. Our underarm skin is extremely sensitive and can get easily irritated. It can sometimes cause hyperpigmentation or darkening of the area when it gets irritated. Because of this, some people tend to be embarrassed and insecure about wearing tank tops and sleeveless dresses. So, what really is the cause of it and how can you lighten your underarms? Keep reading below to know more!
Check the Cause
Is there a rash in the area? Did it recently darken due to dry skin caused by eczema or other chronic skin conditions?
Check what is causing the darkening of the area and treat the underlying cause of the problem. Rashes are the most common cause of hyperpigmentation and darkening of the skin. This inflammation can be itchy, red, dry, and flaky. While other chronic skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and Rosacea may also cause darkening of the underarms if scratched and not treated. It is best to heal the cause of it first before skipping to the brightening stage.
Here are some other causes of inflammation and hyperpigmentation:
- Allergy to products
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Exfoliating can help lighten underarms but be careful not to overdo it! Scrubbing roughly can cause irritation and may worsen the problem area. Instead, scrub lightly with Pure Biology Turmeric Body Scrub and glide onto the skin mildly. The sea salt beads help exfoliate dead skin cells and the turmeric ingredient helps lighten dark marks.
Chemical exfoliants are also a good method of lightening dark underarms. Some of the most popular OTC chemical exfoliants to lighten your armpits are lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids. Retinol and niacinamide are also recommended. However, make sure to patch test before using any acids and be careful of mixing products together.
Be Mindful of Shaving
Shaving can irritate the skin and cause darkening. Never shave with dry skin or the blade can damage the outmost layer of the skin that can lead to darkening of the underarms. Instead, use a shaving cream or a moisturizer to make the razor blades glide smoothly on the surface. Be sure to use new and sharp razors. If you are allergic to razor metals or want to opt-in to other methods, you may try getting laser hair removal or waxing.
Check the Ingredients in Your Deodorant
Deodorants with fragrances can cause irritation and allergic reactions in some people. Check the ingredients and stay away from those with strong scents. Consider switching to a deodorant without sodium bicarbonate, propylene glycol, or parabens, since these can often irritate sensitive skin.
Consult for a Professional Derm Prescription
Check-in with your dermatologist so they can identify the root cause of your underarm darkening. They will be able to provide you with a prescription or an in-office procedure to help lighten and brighten your underarms. Check out this article on how you can find the right dermatologist.