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You might be wondering why there are so many ways to lighten the underarms, but not a lot of ways to address our inner thighs when it’s a little bit on the darker side. If this is your area of concern, we’ve got some answers for you!
There are several reasons why the skin in your inner thigh area is getting darker, but it’s usually due to hyperpigmentation or the over-production of melanin on certain areas of the body. It’s usually harmless and it could happen to anyone no matter the skin color, but those with darker complexion could make it more noticeable.
According to the experts at Healthline, hyperpigmentation could be caused by trauma (like chafing from constant rubbing of thighs due to movement or friction from regularly wearing tight clothing), hormonal imbalance (particularly among women during lactation, pregnancy, or menstruation), certain medications (like oral contraceptives or certain chemotherapy medications), sun exposure, or dry skin. It could also be due to skin disorders like Acanthosis Nigricans (patches of dark AND thick skin on certain parts of the body) or diseases like Diabetes Mellitus or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), in which case you should definitely see your physician.
Unless the darkened skin is getting rougher and thicker, it’s nothing to worry about. In an article by lifestyle website Refinery29, advanced aesthetician and founder of West Room Aesthetics Dija Ayodele explains that “[hyperpigmentation] isn’t anything to fix or cure… This is skin doing its job.”
While it may be harmless most of the time, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t bother us on some level, especially now that swimsuit season is approaching.
Beauty is subjective and every body is beautiful, but if some dark areas of your body doesn’t make you happy, there are several ways to remedy hyperpigmentation.
From home remedies to over-the-counter products, there are several ways to safely lighten any area suffering from hyperpigmentation.
Here are some of our suggestions:
The good thing about home remedies is that they’re cheap and simple, but the downside is that it takes a while to see results. Homemade scrubs include combinations of sugar, honey, and lemon juice; oatmeal and yogurt; or baking soda and water.
If home remedies just aren’t cutting it, the Belo-It-Yourself Body Scrub Kit: Illuminating has brightening ingredients to help lighten dark areas.
This body cream contains Alpha Arbutin and Liquorice for dual action: lighten skin and diminish blemishes. It works by decreasing the formation of melanin on your skin. The Illumination Cream is great on its own (our very own Dr. Vicki Belo uses it in her skincare routine), but you can also purchase it as a set: the Belo Illuminating System. It comes with the Belo Illuminating Soap, which has snail mucin (which helps repair skin damage) and salicylic acid (a gentle exfoliant, which reveals youthful, glowing skin).
It may be tiny, but this little tube is the workhorse of the beauty industry. This bleaching cream works by blocking an enzyme called tyrosinase, which produces melanin (our natural skin pigment). Aside from lightening the skin, it also evens out your complexion with the help of active ingredients such as arbutin, kojic acid, and vitamin C. This cream works well on any part of the body, so it can address any of your problem areas: from the face to your underarms to your inner thighs and even your groin.
If you think your case needs something stronger, these two Belo treatments might be the right one for you:
This treatment is a celebrity favorite—just ask Liza Soberano, Jennylyn Mercado, or Gabbi Garcia. This laser treatment works two ways: brighten and smoothen the target area, which could be your underarms, arms, elbows, knees, eye area (yeah, your eyebags!), and even your inner thighs and groin.
This is another laser treatment that uses micropulses to break down pigmented lesions into smaller particles without worrying about damaging any normal tissue surrounding the target area. Revlite has become a favorite among patients, especially for tattoo removal.
If you’d like to know more about the difference between Revlite and Belo Angel Whitening, click here.
Whichever solution you choose, always keep in mind that even or not, you are beautiful in your own skin and in the end, the only opinions that matter are yours and your doctor’s recommendations.
Want to know more about the treatment that’s right for you? Click here to book an online consultation with a Belo MD. If you want to speak to the Beauty Expert herself, click here to book an online consultation with Dr. Vicki Belo. For more expert-recommended skincare products, check out the Belo Shop.