It is common for some regions of the body, such as the armpits, groin, and inner thigh, to be darker in color. This is usually because there is increased melanin production in these areas.
Understand why these spots appear and how you can reduce them.
Skin with dark spots
Browner skin is more likely to darken, especially in areas that are depilated. Hair removal causes aggression and this increases melanin production and accelerates skin pigmentation.
When this trauma often occurs, the area that is always more sensitive to hair removal becomes darker than the natural skin tone.
Stains on the thighs
Another reason for the appearance of spots between the thighs is friction, which is very common among women with large thighs. This friction not only causes injury, but also stimulates melanin production.
Stains in the groin
In the specific case of the groin, stopping the hyperpigmentation of the skin in this region also requires some habit changes, according to dermatologist Aline Vieira. One is how often you change the absorbent wipe during your period.
As this is a region of folds that tends to be wetter from perspiration, it is important to be aware of the habit of drying the area well. “That’s why it’s recommended not to keep your bikini wet, not to stay for long hours with the same absorbent towel or with very sweaty skin,” says the specialist.
How to get rid of stains
- You have to renew the cells after waxing. “Just wash the region with water and antiseptic soap, which prevents the growth of bacteria that cause inflammation and fungus,” advises dermatologist Abdo Solomon.
- If the problem is an irritation caused by rubbing, it is possible to soften the marks with anti-allergic creams. Creams based on kojic acid, phytic acid and vitamin C have good results, according to the specialist. “There are no contraindications unless the person is allergic to one of the components of the formula,” he adds.
- There are also aesthetic treatments that can help, such as the CO2 laser for cases of genetic origin and peels for stains caused by friction. According to the dermatologist, the application of a procedure called skinboosters improves both cases.
- The use of bepantol in the skin works as a regenerator, making the skin more resistant to aggressions. Dermatologist Christiane Gonzaga explains that its active principle – dexapanthenol, a substance that is transformed into pantothenic acid in the skin – is a necessary component for regeneration and healing processes. “It is not a whitening cream, but it maintains protection and prevents hyperpigmentation of the skin,” he says.
- The dermatologist also advises bicarbonate for its whitening effect, which can help minimize some skin blemishes. “However, its use should be moderate, as it can cause irritation and even trigger the opposite effect and produce more spots, warns Dr Christiane.
- According to the specialist, the best way to use bicarbonate to remove stains is to mix it with water in a homogeneous way and make a light exfoliation, with gentle, circular movements, once a week. “It works by removing dead cells, so it makes the treated region clearer,” he says.
- You can also try a mixture of Hipoglós ointment with vitamin A drops (purchases in ampoules) and apply it before going to bed in the stained areas, you have to do it with circular movements to activate blood circulation. Sleep with this preparation and repeat the procedure every night until you see an improvement. The cream can be used on other parts of the body that are darkening, such as the groin, armpits, and knees.
The appearance of dark spots on the skin is more normal than you think and can be easily treated. However, do not hesitate to consult a specialist if you have any doubts about dark areas on your skin.