When you find dark spots on your skin and you no longer have an even, clear complexion, chances are you are suffering from Hyperpigmentation. This skin issue is quite common and comes with age. Inflamed skin caused by acne, bug bites, cuts, scrapes, can contribute to these dark spots. Even sun damage, melasma and other medical issues can also result in the overproduction of melanin which leads to these darker brown patches on your skin. And hyperpigmentation isn’t limited to only your face, it can appear of the underarm area as well.
Luckily, it is 2020, and there are plenty of home remedies and over-the-counter creams that help even out the skin colour. Keep on reading to find out how you can get rid of hyperpigmentation without having to pay a visit to your dermatologist.
Using skin care products enriched with ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid, and retinol will help boost skin cell turnover and lighten your dark spots. Licorice and green tea extracts also help get rid of hyperpigmentation as they are powered by anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and skin-whitening agents.
Whether it is a pimple, bug bite or a scab, do not pick or poke it. This will only increase the inflammation which will result in skin discolouration. Instead, use skincare products enriched with vitamin C, licorice root, and kojic acid, to reduce the chances of hyperpigmentation.
The sun’s harmful rays are one of the main causes of hyperpigmentation. So, whenever you step out of the house, whether or not you suffer from this skin issue, it’s important to always apply a good dose of sunscreen. Since the UVA long waves are responsible for wreaking havoc on your pigments, broad-spectrum sunscreen with (SPF) of 30 or greater can help protect your skin.
If you’re are suffering from hyperpigmentation on your underarms, here’s what you need to do.
Do not dry shave your underarm, no matter how pressed for time you are. This will not only damage the superficial layer of the epidermis but also lead to skin irritation and even result in hyperpigmentation. Before shaving, apply moisturising shaving cream and let it sit for 15 seconds. Also, remember to change your razor blade often to reduce irritation.
Aggressively scrubbing your underarms isn’t going to remove the dark spots. Instead, use a chemical and physical exfoliator once a week to lighten this part of the skin. Look for products enriched with lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid. These agents will help get rid of the dark spots.
The main cause of hyperpigmentation is irritated or inflamed skin, so what you put on your underarms count. If your deodorant is irritating the skin, it’s time to switch to a hypoallergenic one. These deos are made without the use of toxic chemicals, making it suitable for all skin types.
At-home treatments take time, so do not expect quick results.
Featured Image: Pexels