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Why Are My Armpits Dark?

This is a very common worry among all of us that shaved our armpits for a while; the skin there tends to get much darker and it makes us uncomfortable. The main reason for this to happen is shaving with a razor and this happens for several reasons:

  1. Shaving Technique: Shaving, especially with a dull razor or improper technique, can cause tiny nicks, cuts, or irritation to the skin. This irritation can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which makes the skin in that area appear darker.

  2. Ingrown Hairs: Shaving can also lead to the development of ingrown hairs, where hair curls back into the skin instead of growing outward. This can cause redness and dark spots in the armpit area.

  3. Dead Skin Cells: Regular shaving can exfoliate the top layer of skin, which can initially make your armpits look lighter. However, if you don't exfoliate properly or moisturize, dead skin cells can accumulate, leading to a darker appearance.

  4. Friction: The friction from shaving can also cause skin irritation, which can contribute to the darkening of the skin.

  5. Hyperpigmentation: Some people are more prone to hyperpigmentation in certain areas of their bodies, including the armpits. This can be influenced by genetics, hormones, or other factors.

To prevent or reduce armpit darkening from shaving, you can try the following:

  1. Switch to Laser Hair Removal: it's more gentle on your skin, it will avoid any ingrown hairs and it will reduce the hair permanently. It will even be cheaper in the long run.
  2. Use a Sharp Razor: Make sure your razor is sharp and clean to avoid nicks and cuts.

  3. Proper Technique: Shave in the direction of hair growth and avoid pressing too hard to minimize irritation.

  4. Exfoliation: Regularly exfoliate your armpits to remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs.

  5. Moisturize: After shaving, use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

  6. Natural Remedies: Some people use natural remedies like lemon juice or aloe vera to lighten darkened skin, but these should be used with caution as they may cause irritation in some individuals.

At the beginning of your Laser Hair Removal journey you will need to shave before your treatments, but this is once a month the most often, which naturally will alow your skin to heal and if you combine that with exfoliation very soon you will end with hairless and beautiful armpits. Laser Hair Removal is definitely the answer.