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2/24 Hyperpigmentation

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“The skin on my underarms, groin, and inner thighs is much darker than the rest of my skin. What causes this, and is there anything I can do to lighten it?”

This is an embarrassing problem that many people suffer from. It more common than you may think, and there are a few remedies out there to treat this problem.

First, the darkening of the skin you’re referring to is called hyper pigmentation, and can be caused by scaring or chafing, but more commonly, it is hereditary. There are some products that treat this problem, and they can be found in pretty much any beauty supply store, pharmacy, or online. I do not have experience with any brands, so I cannot make a recommendation.

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that I prefer home remedies to chemical products, so here are a few for hyper pigmentation:

1. Use salt and oil to exfoliate the affected areas everyday when you shower. Once desired results have been reached, exfoliation can be reduced to once a week.

For information on exfoliations please see the “silky soft winter skin Blog

2. If the affected areas are also areas that require hair removal, wax them instead of shaving. Waxing will help remove some of the dead skin buildup. Waxing removes hair at the root rather than cutting it off at the skin’s surface, which will eliminate those little black dots, which add to the dark look. It will also avoid any further irritation that could be caused by shaving. You can buy a home wax kit at any beauty Supply Store. (Remember! Always apply wax in direction of hair growth and remove it in the opposite direction of hair growth)

3. Cut a potato in half, and rub on hyper pigmented areas for 10 minutes. Potatoes have a natural bleaching effect on skin,. Lemon, lime, and cucumber all have the same results if you would prefer to use one of them.

4. For an additional lightening boost, Mix ½ cup yogurt with the juice of one lemon. Apply to affected areas and allow to set for 30 minutes. Rinse, and then do step 3.

5. Use cocoa butter to hydrate affected areas at lease twice daily. Cocoa butter is also a treatment for hyper pigmentation, as well as stretch marks.

- It will take at least a week of daily treatment to see results, and desired results may not be achieved for several months, as is the case with the store-bought treatments.

I hope this helps!

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Categories: Skin Care, Home Remedies

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