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Causes of Dark Underarms and What Can You Do About It?

Causes of Dark Underarms and What Can You Do About It?


Embarking on the journey to flawless underarms is a quest for many individuals seeking to embrace confidence and self-assurance. While dark underarms are usually harmless and pose no medical harm, it certainly can be inconvenient! Think of all the times you wanted to wear a cute sleeveless top only to be thwarted by doubts and insecurity. The causes of darkening underarm skin are multifaceted, ranging from external influences on internal factors.


Let’s unravel the enigma surrounding dark underarms, exploring the various culprits responsible for this concern and what you can do about it!


Common Causes of Dark Underarms:


Shaving and Harsh Hair Removal Methods

Shaving and using harsh hair removal methods like waxing can cause irritation and inflammation, leading to darkening of the skin. The repeated trauma to the underarm area can contribute to pigmentation.


Friction and Rubbing

The constant friction between tight clothing and the underarm area can contribute to darkening. Tight clothing, especially if made from synthetic materials can exacerbate this issue.


Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Some deodorants and antiperspirants contain harsh chemicals, alcohol, and fragrances that can irritate the skin, causing pigmentation. Additionally, the aluminum compounds in antiperspirants may react with sweat, leading to discoloration.


Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations, especially during pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause can affect skin pigmentation. Hormonal imbalances can stimulate the production of melanin, resulting in darkened underarms!



Sometimes, your underarms might not be as dark as you think! Lack of exfoliation may cause the underarms to look darker, due to the buildup of deodorants, antiperspirant, clothing fibres, dead skin, and dirt! Before you start exfoliating overzealously, exfoliating too much might also cause pigmentation in the underarms! Over exfoliation might cause microtears in the underarms, causing the area to darken.


So, what can you do?


Opt for Gentle Hair Removal Methods

Opt for gentler hair removal methods such as using hair removal creams! Or just go for IPL Permanent Hair Removal to remove unwanted hair permanently.


EstheClinic’s IPL Permanent Hair Removal treatment is seriously one of the most painless and effective permanent hair removal treatments in Singapore! Using our French patented No Pain System, IPL gradually heats the skin to a temperature that effectively damages the hair follicle and prevent regrowth permanently!


With each session, hair regrowth becomes lesser and lesser, which means you can finally say goodbye to the hassle of shaving and dark underarms!


Wear Breathable Fabrics

Choose loose breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton to minimise friction, and to allow the skin to breathe!


Switch to Skin-Friendly Deodorants

Select deodorants and antiperspirants that are free from harsh chemicals and alcohol. Consider natural alternatives or those specifically designed for sensitive skin.


Seek Professional Treatment

EstheClinic’s Intensive Skin Brightening Treatment is a painless and effective solution designed to give you flawless underarms without any fuss. The treatment uses glycolic peel and IPL Photorejuvenation technology for maximum results. The glycolic peel exfoliates the underarms, and removes superficial pigmentation, whereas our IPL Photorejuvenation technology disperses the pigmentation deep within the skin for that instant brightening effect!


Dark underarms can be a source of concern, but with the right care and knowledge, achieving lighter and smoother underarm skin is within reach. By addressing the root causes and adopting a holistic approach to skincare, you can confidently flaunt your radiant underarms and embrace a more positive self-image!


Here at EstheClinic, we recognize that everyone’s skin is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to skincare. That’s why we provide a complimentary consultation for every customer with no obligation! Simply book an appointment and head down to any of our four EstheClinic outlets islandwide for a consultation with our experienced consultants, where they will be able to provide you with a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns!

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