(Closed) Dark Underarms? Advice?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Is it a hyperpigmentation issue, or are you diabetic?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I started epilating my armpits instead of shaving them and that lightened them up considerably. I have fairly pale skin, but the hair in my underarms is black. So when I would shave them, the parts of the hair still under the skin would show through the skin and make the area appear darker. When I started epilating (I assume waxing would produce similar results) this went away because the whole hair is pulled out, no root left behind.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@EffieTrinket:  +1

Dove has an anti-persperant that I use for the same problem you have.

It is called “Dove Cleartone” It says it “helps restore skin to it’s natural tone.” 

I’ve used it for about a month now and my under arms are a lot lighter. 

I am hispanic so I get darker on some parts of my body, but I knew my dark armpits was because of my shaving and this product worked wonders!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cwedding14:  Yeah, this is the only deoderant I’ve found that helps with my dark under arms. I am sure there are some creams you could try if you’re interested in that too.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@cwedding14:  Epilating is when you use a machine (called, unsurprisingly, an epilator) that has essentially a bunch of rotating sets of pieces of metal that grab the hairs and pull them out. It does the same thing as waxing except you can do it more often (don’t need to wait for all 3 stages of hair to grow back) so that it stays smooth constantly.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@JoJoDahling:  Yeah, I use that stuff too (also hispanic) and it lightened them up a little (been using it for almost a year).  I am now doing laser hair removal and they are so much lighter.  I imagine waxing/epilating would give a similar result, except for the possibility of ingrown hairs.  I had razor bumps on my underarms that never went away (like I thought they were kind of like skin tags) that are completely gone after the laser hair removal.  The only issue I have that has persisted even after laser hair removal is difficulty in removing the deodorant residue…I scrub away and use gritty body scrubs and I still feel a film under my arms.  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You know, I’ve actualy heard that raw potatoes helps with that….weird, I know. And don’t wear skin tight clothing that’s dark!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I stopped shaving them regularly years ago and just wax/epilate, but they still haven’t gotten much lighter. However, I started using my facial toner on them lately AND using super duper moisturizing body butter, and that seems to have helped. I thought of the facial toner because a long time ago, a Clinique lady gave me demo on products on my hands. When she used the toner after the cleanser, she pointed out that the color on the cotton ball wasn’t dirt like I was thinking but actually skin cells being sloughed off. Don’t know if that’s 100% true, but it seems to be working for me. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Dove clear tone is amazing! It worked wonders for me. Mine was mostly from wearing dark clothes for work and I think I would apply deodorant and it wasn’t quite dry when I got dressed.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have been thinking of posting about this to! I don’t want to be self conscious about my armpits on my wedding day! I have no advice but I feel your pain.

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