Dove How to tackle dark armpits

How to tackle dark underarms

Is dark armpit skin causing you stress? Though you might not realise it, it’s actually really common – in fact, around one in three women has dark armpits, so it’s really not a big deal. Obviously, though, we know that’s easier said than believed, and feeling confident is the most important thing. So if your dark armpits are stopping you from snapping up that sleeveless top you’ve had your eye on recently, we can help: follow our tips below and they’ll soon be a thing of the past (and you’ll be wearing that new top with pride).

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    Get the facts.

    Wondering why it happens? Those of us with darker skintones are actually more prone to developing dark armpits because there’s a much higher amount of melanin (the pigment which controls colour) in our skin

  • 2

    Choose loose clothes.

    Wearing tight clothes on a daily basis could also encourage it: when our skin and clothes get too cosy, the rubbing can cause dark armpits. You can probably guess the answer: free your skin and wear looser clothes 

  • 3

    Use a product to lift away marks.

    Use a product that will help reduce the dark marks under your arms. Our Whitening Original Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray helps lift away dark marks caused by shaving, as well as nourishing and smoothing the skin to leave it looking its even-toned best

  • 4

    Adapt your hair removal routine.

    If you’re trying to avoid dark armpit skin, turn your attention to your hair removal routine. Regular removal can cause skin trauma, which can lead to hyperpigmentation, so cutting down on how often you use your razor (or other preferred hair removal technique) could improve the situation

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    Look for a nourishing deodorant.

    Using an irritating deodorant on already irritated skin can add to dark marks, too: make sure you’re using one that’s gentle on the delicate area and contains moisturising ingredients like Dove Whitening Unscented Roll On Antiperspirant Deodorant

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    Get a second opinion.

    Though dark armpits are usually caused by one of the above, there are some situations where it could be the sign of a bigger problem. If the skin is scaly or has thickened – or if you’ve noticed any dark patches elsewhere – it’s a good idea to consult your doctor