Bride or not, dark underarms are every woman's worst nightmare! If you have a dark shadow around your armpit area, you probably don't feel comfortable wearing anything that would show it.
As a bride, you need to prevent and reduce underarm darkness. Most brides like to wear a strapless wedding gown, and underarm darkness will ruin your look, it's just not pleasant!
What are the main causes of the dark shadow you have on your underarms and what do you do about it?
#1 Shaving: When you shave, you cut the hairs off at the surface of your skin. If your hairs are slightly darker than your skin, they can give the appearance that your skin has a dark stain. Shaving also bruises the skin and can cause irritations and scars which can turn into dark shadows over time.
Solution: Stop shaving and try waxing, or plucking. Waxing is supposed to help reduce the discoloration by removing dead skin.
#2 Dead Skin: Skin buildup from dead skin cells is one of the main causes of dark underarms.
Solution: Exfoliate! Try exfoliating with a product that has lactic acid. Lactic acid is found in milk, so try making your own scrub by using oat, sugar and milk! Don't know how? Here is an easy step by step for you to follow!
#3 Deodorant or Antiperspirant: Yes, believe it or not some ingredients in these products can cause these dark shadows.
Solution: This does not apply to everyone; your skin might have a chemical reaction to certain products so try switching brands and see if the darkness goes away.
#4 A medical condition called acanthosisnigricans: What's that? Well acanthosisnigricans can cause dark marks on the neck and under arms.
Solution: This condition usually happens to people who are overweight or have anything related to insulin production. So if you are overweight, then try a healthy diet and make it a lifestyle. Also, check with your doctor. He/she might be able to give you a prescription.
#5 Hyper Pigmentation: If you have this condition, then your skin is producing excess melanin pigment. But this condition rarely affects your underarms.
Solution: Some say that using a bleaching cream or laser treatments can remove the excess melanin. But before you do anything, check with your doctor or dermatologist.