Q. What can I do about dark underarms?

Answered by
Dr. John H. Bocachica
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 22, 2020 and last reviewed on: Apr 07, 2021

Hello doctor,

Please, I would like to know what I can do for dark underarm.



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 deodorant, for example, can cause post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Apply creams such as Hydroquinone 3 or 4%. If you can find these, you can apply them lightly to the dark armpit, and it may help, but it may take a month or two for you to notice a real difference. If you think you may have an underlying condition such as diabetes or another, you should be seen by a dermatologist.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
How can I get rid of marks on my chin?

I would recommend you apply Kojiglo Forte cream (Kojic acid with Hydroquinone two percent) on the marks at night along with an application of a broad spectrum sunscreen on the entire face like Fa...   Read full

What can I do about dark underarms?

Apply creams such as Hydroquinone 3 or 4% ...   Read full

I am suffering from sweaty and dark underarms for long time. Please advice.

.. reviewed clinical photographs attached it is acanthosis nigricans. Stop application of Retin- A cream it can lead to irritation in the intertriginous area. You may consider the application of Grazia up cream one daily but only in the armpit and no...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Coronavirus Variant Arcturus: | Omicron XBB.1.16 Variant
Arcturus is an emerging variant of the Omicron virus that causes various symptoms and spreads rapidly across the world. ...  Read more»
Adrenaline Rush - Symptoms, Causes, Effects, and How to Control
Adrenaline is a hormone responsible for fight or flight response. It is also a neurotransmitter and medicine. It is also...  Read more»
Fatty Liver - Types, Symptoms, Stages, and Treatment
The liver is the largest gland in the body. Its primary function is to process the food and drinks we consume. and filte...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Dermatologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.