Saturday, October 1, 2011

How to Get Rid of Dark Pigmentation of the Skin Under the Armpit

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Darkened underarms are common but there are treatments.

The skin under the underarms gets dark for a few reasons. Friction from clothes and genetics play a role in darkening the armpits. The chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants also cause discoloration. Even shaving causes discoloration because the blade or razor doesn't get the hair beneath the skin. After you eliminate the cause of the discoloration, in many situations the underarm skin returns to its normal color. However, there are a few techniques you can use to expedite the fading of darkened armpits.



Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton balls
  • Bleaching or lightening cream or lotion
  • Glycolic acid or lactic acid
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      Pour hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball. Wipe the ball over the underarm area. Apply peroxide once a day until you notice the darkened skin fading. Do not wash off. Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive and sold in most supermarkets. It is an effective way to treat discolored skin.

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      Apply over-the-counter (OTC) bleaching or lightening creams or lotions to the darkened areas. Using such products on a daily basis for a few weeks or months gradually fades the discoloration. Look for OTC products containing ingredients such as hydroquinone, deoxyarbutin, kojic acid or glycolic acid, suggests the Mayo Clinic. Follow the directions on the label for best results.

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      Perform a chemical peel at home with alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). Many beauty supply stores sell glycolic acid or lactic acid, two well-known AHAs. These acids exfoliate the top layer of skin. This accelerates new skin growth which is less discolored. Apply a small amount of either acid to the underarm area. Leave on for one minute and then wash off. Use the acid once or twice per week. With each application leave the acid on the skin for one minute longer. This allows the skin to become accustomed to the chemical.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Pigmentation The Dark Side Of Skin Discoloration

Pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation commonly known as dark spots is widespread among woman. Several women suffer from it due to stress, environmental factors and also during pregnancy. However, pigmentation is not confined to woman: man also suffer from pigmentation or darkening of complexion. Asian skin is especially susceptible to hyper-pigmentation.


The precise cause of pigmentation is unknown. People with a family history of pigmentation are more prone to the problem. Medication such as birth control pills also causes pigmentation. However, it is excess exposure to sunlight that is considered to be the most important factor, Ultraviolet light from the sun or even strong light from light bulbs can stimulate pigment producing cells. Any irritation of the skin may cause an increase in pigmentation in individuals with dark complexion. Pigmentation can also be aggravated by certain condition such as long-term or chronic illnesses, hormonal problems, carcinomas, vitamin B12 deficiency, liver diseases, mal-absorption and nutritional deficiency.


Solar protection is crucial, particularly sun screens. Sun screens should be broad spectrum, giving you compete cover against UVA and UVB rays that emanate from the sun. To be on the safe side, use a SPF 30 or higher protection factor. Sun block or sun screens should be applied on a daily basis.

All factors which aggravate pigmentation should be prevented. For example, dry or chapped skin is easily prone to irritation. Therefore, use a good quality skin lotion or cream, daily around bedtime.

Facial cleansers, cream or makeup which irritate the skin should be immediately stopped as they worsen pigmentation. If pigmentation develops after the use of any medication, then it should be discontinued immediately.

If you are considering using higher concentrations of depigmentation agent, make sure to consult a dermatologist. In all, managing pigmentation requires a combine and comprehensive approach. It normally takes a few months to improve pigmentation. If you suffer from skin discoloration, don’t be embarrassed. It’s better to do something about it; and remember millions of people develop skin pigmentation conditions at some point in their lives.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tips for Removing Age Spots

Generally, age spots arrive due to extreme sun’s exposure of the skin; it has nothing to do with the physical age. Usually, this age spot appears to be red in color, but sometimes it may turn to be brown and black. In order to avoid these spots one has to avoid the sun’s exposure as much as possible. There are numerous treatment methods available to remove age spots, but they are usually ineffective or a bit costlier.
In the market, there is a variety of choices available; so it could be difficult sometimes to find the right age spot remover which is free from the harmful chemicals. Many of these products claim for the effective treatment for age spots, but they are full of toxic ingredients which may harm your skin. Moreover, they make your skin's cells damaged, and hence age spots, dark eye circles, wrinkles, and other aging signs start developing on the skin.
There is an ample variety of products sold in the malls as an age spots remedies; out of which most of them are bleaching creams.This type of creams doesn’t found to be effective in removal of age spots. The skin develops aging signs because it is constantly bombarded by free radicals and oxidative stress, both of which are caused by UV radiation, poor nutrition, and environmental pollutants.
Today, there are different age spot removal techniques available in market like laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, chemical peel, intense light pulse therapy, natural age spot removal creams, etc. Out of these techniques age spot removal creams are found to be very effective. These creams are available over the websites at affordable prices. Online shops provide huge discounts to the customers who use to buy these things over the internet.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Home Cures For Age Spots

written by jake

Age spots are also known by diverse names like liver spots and sun spots. These are entirely harmless and do not cause pain. Although the age spots are blemishes that seem permanent, they can be treated or remove permanently. Though it is thought that age spots are originated because of the aging of human skin, the reality is that age spots typically occur because of over exposure to sun. Contrary to popular belief, age spots are not an indication of a liver condition. Age spots are found in people over the age of 40 and above.
The following home treatments for age spots are not only effective, but also more valuable in the long run. Specified below are some such treatments that you can apply to get rid of age spots.
Natural Home Treatments
Cut an onion and blend in a food processor. Pour mixture and strain through cheese cloth to extract juice. Now blend equal parts of the apple cider vinegar with equal parts of the onion juice.
Take 3 tablespoon of cider vinegar in a mug filled of water. Drink this 2 times a day for a about 2 months.
Aloe Vera gel or cream is a superb cure for age spots. Massage the gel or cream twice per day on the age spots. Leave for 40 minutes. Do this for at least one month for the age spots to begin fading.
Lemon juice helps in removing the age spots. Squeeze a lemon to extract the juice. Saturate a cotton swab in the lemon juice and apply it on the age spots. Allow it to remain for 40 minutes or overnight. Lemon juice may be used twice per day and for a period of one month.
Massage the affected skin with castor oil twice per day. Once in the morning and then at night. In a month, you should notice the fading age spots.
Bleach containing lactic acid helps in eliminating age spots, as it eradicates the upper layer of the skin quickly.
Remove garlic from its outer casing and mix in a blender to extract the juice. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and apply it on the marks of age spots. Apply two times per day for a period of two months.