Exfoliating your underarm's skin is an excellent way to keep it clean and 'pretty'. However, overdoing it also has adverse effects. When you rub it too hard and cause a scratch or the skin to break, you contribute to dark underarms.
How to treat it: Be gentle with your underarms and treat it with the same care as you would your face. Use a soft exfoliating brush and dip it in water mixed with your usual body wash. Don't rub too hard but give it soft and gentle strokes.
3. Plucking, shaving, and waxing
Seeing tiny, short underarm hair come out is tempting to pluck. But do think again the next time you see it because every time you pluck it, you're helping put dark spots on your armpits. Every time hair is removed, the skin is damaged and irritated, prompting melanin production. Each time you pluck, shave, or wax, your skin produces more dark pigment, causing your underarms to get even darker.
How to treat it: Know the right hair removal routine for you depending on your skin’s sensitivity and manage how often your shave, pluck or wax.
4. Tight clothing
It may be nice to wear body-hugging tops that reveal our body's shape. Unfortunately, continuous friction caused by such kind of clothing can also lead to dark marks.
How to treat it: Wear comfortable clothes that cause less friction. There will always be friction, but minimizing it is a lot better.
Generally speaking, sweating is good because it is the body’s natural way of balancing heat and keeping the body’s temperature constant. Sweat is composed mainly of water, inorganic salts, and other fluids. For some skin types, those inorganic salts in the sweat can actually trigger a response in the brain activating itchiness, leading to irritation of the skin. This can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and lead to dark marks.
How to treat it: Go for an underarm brightening deodorant that gives you sweat and odor protection and effective brightening. Rexona has various options of brightening deodorants dependent on your needs:
- Rexona Advanced Whitening Roll-on has sunflower seed oil that provides 2X brightening power and makes you feel dry and fresh all day. Rexona can keep you protected from sweat and body odor for up to 48hrs.