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Dark Spots From Shaving
Hi im 17 & I have dark spots on my inner thigh from shaving a lot & I feel embarrassed about it. So, how can I get rid of these dark spots?
See Dermatologist: Check with your dermatologist and he/she may prescribe a cream that bleaches the skin. Sounds like you had pigmentation in the shaved areas. ...Read more
I have dark under arms from shaving, any recommendations on how to lighten or get rid of the dark spots?
Things to try: You may need to consider another form of hair removal- like waxing or electrolysis- because shaving often causes this. You can also try rubbing lemon juice on your underarms before you bathe and use moisturizer after. Deodorant use can also contribute to dark underarms, so cutting back there can help too. You can try a clay-based lightening skin mask from a beauty store or sandalwood and rose water ...Read more
Would removing hair with a pumice stone leave black spots like shaving? Have light complexion and dark hair
Pumice stone: The pumice stone may or may not basically grind the hair off the surface of the skin but it would take a lot of friction which will primarily affect the skin surface and not the hair. All that rubbing can cause a pretty significant rash and erosions of the surface. That can result in infection and later when it heals in darkening or blotchiness of the skin. Definitely not recommended. ...Read more
What should I use after shaving my. Pubic hair off on my private area when I get dark spots that look like bumps on the side of my private area?
What's the best product for inner thigh & vaginal dark spots? My under arm has dark circles as well but not as bad. I use laser & not shaving at all
Depends: Hydroquinone is the most commonly used skin bleaching ingredient, but- you may want to see a doctor, because darkened skin in the underarms, groin (and other areas, like beneath breasts or on neck) can be a condition called acanthosis nigricans, that can reflect Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes or diabetes. If so then best treatment is to fix the blood sugar levels. Also need to check liver. ...Read more
Scratched my stomach due to shaving, therefore it created some sort of a rash, and I kept scratching it leaving dark spots how can I get rid of them?
Hyperpigmentation: Repeated scratching will cause the skin to darken and thicken. First you must stop picking, rubbing, scratching at the site. Apply vaseline ointment several times a day to keep the site moist so it will heal. Also, keep it protected from the sun as the sunlight will increase the tendency for the spot to stay dark. If not lightening over time (1-2 months) see a physician (dermatology). ...Read more
From years of bad shaving I have dark spots on my vagina. I now do laser hair removal which makes the dark spots recognizable. What should I do?
Dermatology consult: Please consult a dermatologist. Dark spots on your vulva or vagina may or may not be from shaving and need a physical exam. Benign vulvar melanosis is possible but needs an exam. Good luck. ...Read more
How do I get rid or prevent dark spots where the hair follicle was on my legs from shaving? I've tried diff. Shavers and creams. Nothing works. Help
DARK SPOTS ON BACK: Do these spots itch? How long have you had them? How dark are they? If they are tan, it may be a condition known as tinea versicolor. I would need a picture and a little more of a history. Male or female? Age? Tinea versicolor is relatively easy to treat, although very often it can recur and last for years. It is also mildly contagious, but not serious. ...Read more
Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is a skin bleacher it should not be used if you are pregnant, around the eyes nose or lips, can't be used in conjunction with peroxide and before you used any cream like that we need to know of any meds or herbal supplements you might be taking that could interact with hydroquinone. Always remember to do an allergy test in a non visible area 24 hours before. ...Read more
VisualDX: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read more
Sometimes I see spots in completely dark rooms! Help. I never get a good answer. I am really worried?
See an eye doctor: Seeing spots in total darkness is often a normal phenomenon. The back of the eye is filled with a gel that is adherent to the film layer (retina). The gel can tug on the retina when we move our eyes, stimulating it and sending a signal that tells us we see a spot when it is really not there. An eye doctor will dilate your eyes to ensure that is all that is happening. See one soon, and don't worry. ...Read more
I got prf 2 mos ago and I am seeing thin waves and semi dark spots. I notice it especially in bright days. Thoughts?
Waves from PRK: I am guessing you put forth a typo and actually had prk. This modifies the front surface of the eye to correct a need for glasses. In some cases, there can be visual disturbances from dryness or changes in the contour of the laser treatment. This should be discussed with your prk surgeon. ...Read more
I need a solution from having a dark spots at the back. Most of the back area is coverd with darkness. This is from generations. Please suggest remedies?
Melanocytes: The dark spots on your back are congenital melanocytes. They are also known as mongolian blue spots. They are benign in origin and appear in dark skined people. Udually no therapy is indicated. ...Read more
Just less contrast: Tanning is a mistake to try to cover dark spots. The dark spots can also get darker with increased pigment. Tanning just some times makes the contrast less noticeable for a short time. Address the biologic reason for the dark spots. If they are nevi, then tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer. Chemical lighteners or laser can work on certain pigmented areas. Pregnancy hormones can darken. ...Read more
Depends: Not clear on your question nor timing of the "spots." most brown spots on the chest are from sun damage and form over time. Others are harmless age spots. Some are actually dark purple blood vessel growths, which are also harmless. Occasionally, some rashes can look like dark spots. If you are worried or if they are sudden onset they should be looked at by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more
Many options: There are many options including using topical creams such as bleaching creams (hydroquinone, kojic acid, elure), microdermabrasion, glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, chemical peels, lasers (noninvasive lasers such as ktp laser work the best with least side-effects, ruby, alexandrite, nd:yag lasers), invasive lasers (co2, erbium, fractional co2, fraxel), ipl (intense pulsed light). ...Read more
Partial treatment: True microdermabrasion versus dermabrasion does not fully extend down to the dermis where one must go to eliminate the vast majority of dark spots. However microdermabrasion may help some of the dark spots caused by superficial epidermal lesions and may help the penetration of other medications such as retin a, (tretinoin) hydroquinone, kojic acid and other bleaching agents which may lie deeper in the epiderm. ...Read more
Any medications?: Generally blood pressure medications can cause lightheadedness with sudden change in posture such as bending and straightening up. This can also cause blurred vision and spots. If it happens repeatedly review your medications with your doctor and check blood pressure in sitting and standing posture. If not on any meds you need a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
Fade cream!: You don't mention what the spots are from. For simple freckles (more likely in a 25 year old male) all the way to age spots in the elderly, try porcelana or ambi. Both contain the active ingredient 2% hydroquinone. Double strength is available by prescription. Give it 4 weeks, using according to the label diretions. ...Read more
Depends on the spot: Fading dark spots on dark skin is difficult and dependent on what caused the dark spot in the 1st place., how long it has been there, and where in the skin (depth) it is. Best advice is to see a dermatologist who can evaluate the pigmentary changes and help provide the best treatment options (bleaching agent, lasers, surgery, tincture of time etc.). Good luck. ...Read more