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What can I do about dark underarms?


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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At May 22, 2020
Reviewed AtAugust 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

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


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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.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. John H. Bocachica
Dr. John H. Bocachica


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