How many times have you been embarrassed by dark underarms? Know the causes and learn what you can do to finally say goodbye to dark underarms. Here are the most common causes:
Shaving. When you shave, you cut most of the hairs off at just below the surface of the skin. This can give the appearance that your skin has a dark stain when it`s really just sub-surface hair.
Scratching. The hairs grow back after shaving, or plucking, or waxing. They can cause itchiness that results in “pleasurable” scratching. The constant friction from scratching can cause skin discoloration.
Skin cells build up. Dark spots can be the result of dead skin cells that are trapped in microscopic “hills and valleys” on your skin.
Antiperspirants. The aluminum salts and the fragrance ingredients in antiperspirants could be reacting with skin to cause discoloration. Many claim that when they stop using their antiperspirant, the darkness goes away.
What To Do:
- Stop shaving, waxing, and plucking. Once the hairs start growing back, scratching can be a problem.
- Go for the more permanent solution: laser hair removal (LHR). Prices of LHR have gone down tremendously. Check the very affordable packages offered by SkinStation, the leader in painless diode laser, the gold standard in laser hair removal.
- Exfoliate and apply underarm whitening cream such as DERMAX NanoWhite UA cream with retinol to prevent formation of excess melanin.
- Use a deodorant like DERMAX deowhite natural deodorant instead of an antiperspirant. You may get wet in some adverse conditions, but that is probably less embarrassing than having perpetually dark armpits!
- If you have weight problem, go on diet and exercise, and monitor your insulin level. ____________________________________________________________________________________________This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on March 13, 2012. The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulations Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. (Updated on April 24, 2013.)