Dark, or Discolored Armpits–What’s the Deal?

Hey there! Are you loving this beautiful weather?! I am, but I am haunted by this sneaking suspicion that the “back to school” season is right around the corner! Noooo! Is summer over or what?! I love the breeze, but I don’t want the summer to leave! However, is it wrong that I love that kids have to go back to school?! lol. HAAA HA. Get your crispy new backpack, fresh notebooks and sharpened pencils–first day of school! No more haunting the mall or clogging up the city streets because you have nothing to do! Sorry, I love the fall, but I love the sun almost as much. lol.

Ok. Down to business–I got an email a few days back, it was a chick dealing with darker armpits. I’ve seen this before but I didn’t really have an answer for her. Well, I did some research. There are a few things that can make your armpits appear to be a little darker than the rest of your body.

First, consider how often you shave, because when you shave, you cut just below the surface of the skin. If your hair is darker than your skin tone, your skin can appear to be stained–but it is actually just hair at the subsurface. If you cut back (get it?!) on your shaving and start waxing more, you will remove more of the hair from a much deeper level.

OR your discoloration could be the result of dead skin cells that have become locked into the nooks and crannies of your pits. Get in there with a loofah and/or a soap or product with some lactic acid. Another reason you could be experiencing dark armpits can be linked to your antiperspirants and deodorant usage. (Which is a little hard to avoid…) It could be that these products are reacting with your skin and then causing a discoloration. I’ve read about avoiding the underarm products with fragrance to stop the underarm staining.

Last but not least is kinda serious, and maybe you should ask an actual doctor about it. There is a medical condition called Acanthosis Nigricans, that causes light brown to black markings on the neck, under the arms or in the groin. It can be related to insulin production or even a glandular disorder. It happens to overweight people. If this is you–avoid your limit the sugar and simple carbs and get in to your doctor immediately.

 

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