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Dark Underarms

Dark underarms may or may not be associated with itching and foul odor. It is most commonly due to a condition called acanthosis nigricans. Other causes include diabetes, obesity, certain medications (contraceptive pills, steroid, insulin), hormonal imbalance due to PCOD (polycystic ovary disease), Cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism, etc.

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I have dark underarms, upper lips, and inner thighs. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from dark underarms, dark upper lips, dark under inner thighs. Also I have darkness around mouth and dark lining around lips. Please suggest me effective medications. I have tried home remedies for the same but I was not able to see visible results, please suggest me effe...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your health concerns. Such type of skin discoloration maybe due to a lot of factors. And, these factors may vary for different areas of body. Poor diet and sleep habits. Contraceptive drugs. Substandard hair removal and other creams applied on the s...  Read Full »

I have underarm darkness and blackheads. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having underarm darkness and blackheads for many years. I did not consult a dermatologist for this but when enquired about electrolysis I was told it will take at least 10 sessions monthly for each. I will be going abroad in three months. So I would like to know what works best as...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can consider laser hair reduction treatment with a diode laser. It helps to reduce prominent hair follicle which looks like blackheads to you. For pigmentation, you can start application of Kojiglow gel twice daily. Of course, peel give faster and better results for...  Read Full »

How to treat dark skin patches in my underarms and groin?

Query: Hello doctor, My height is 5'97" and my weight is 191.80 Ibs. I am a fair-skinned person. I have dark skin patches on my elbows, neck, underarms, groin area, and on the buttocks. I have been aware of this condition for the last six years. I was thinking there was nothing serious. I also have dark ci...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern is that of pseudoacanthosis nigricans. This may be due to any of the following reasons: Hereditary. Obesity. Hypothyroidism. Insulin resistance. Psychiatric medications. Asthma or steroid medication. Idiopathic conditions. There is nothin...  Read Full »

I have a dark area under my armpit. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a dark area under my armpit. I do not know the exact reason. I need consultation for the same. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. I have gone through the image (the attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and the details provided from your end and I do understand your concern. There are noticeable flakes and areas depicting fungal infection in your under...  Read Full »

Please suggest a quick and effective solution for dark underarms.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a problem with dark underarms. I want a quick and best solution. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Abdel Hakam Soliman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Please be patient to reach a sustainable solution. Please try the following suggestions. You must try to reduce your weight. You must avoid using loofa during the shower. You must dry your body by patting with a towel afte...  Read Full »

Will erythrasma cause darkness in the underarm spreading to the chest, back, and neck?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a long-term skin issue. There is darkness in the underarm spreading to the chest, back, and neck. I am using HHzole for a long time. On application of the ointment, it will not spread and will not be much hyperpigmented. On the stoppage of the application, it spreads and looks quite...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a bacterial infection called erythrasma. It occurs mainly due to moisture and sweat accumulation in that area. You will need different medications for this. I need a few details from you so that I can put you on the right treatment. For how long are you having ...  Read Full »

Will shaving the underarm help in darkness and sweating?

Query: Hello doctor, My problem is both my underarms are black in color and has a bad smell when it sweats. I did not use any medicine for underarm before. My Face is in oily type with acne spots marks. I have consulted you and you suggested me to use Yaclin facewash, Benzoyl peroxide, AC-N, for acne and E...  Read Full »

Dr. Priya B. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would be great if you could send pictures of your face and axilla to assess the severity. Anyway, start on tablet Azithral 250 twice a day for three days a week for three weeks. Apply Clindoxyl gel to the acne spots once a day for three hours only for two weeks. For th...  Read Full »

How to get rid of dark underarms?

Query: Hello doctor,Please, I would like to know what I can do for dark underarm.  Read Full »

Dr. John H. Bocachica

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are several reasons for dark underarms. One of them is a condition called acanthosis nigricans which can occur on its own without any associated illnesses or can be associated with endocrine disorders, including diabetes. Sometimes a contact dermatitis from a deod...  Read Full »

I have thick skin along with dark underarms, elbows, knees, and neck. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have thick skin and dark underarms along with dark elbows, knees, and neck.Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understand your concern. My advice: Consult your specialist doctor, talk to them, and take medications after their consent. Apply Glyco 6 (Glycolic acid) cream during the day for six weeks (on dark underarms, elbows, knees, and neck)...  Read Full »

Are underarm skin peeling treatments effective?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I have dark underarms. I used hair removal cream when I was a teenager. I went to a dermatologist and she suggested a skin-peeling treatment. It is expensive. So, I just wanted to know if such procedures are effective and for how long? Or are there any creams...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. You may use Litearm Lotion for dark underarms. It contains Glycolic acid as the main active ingredient which has a skin lightening and exfoliating action. Chemical peeling too induces skin exfoliation thus shedding off excess pigment. ...  Read Full »

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