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What Causes Skin Darkening Under The Arms For Females
Underarm darkness: There are a range of causes for underarm hyperpigmentation, including frequent wear of tight-fitting clothing around the arms that causes constant friction in the armpit area; adverse reaction to certain deodorants; shaving; excessive weight; and dark underarm hair. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Oral iron supplements do not cause skin color changes. Iron injections into muscle or skin can result is iron deposits in the skin causing color change locally at the site of injection. If your skin is changing color all over, however, and you are iron deficient, you should be seeing your doctor since some rare skin changes like color change are a distant manifestation rarely of a hidden cancer. ...Read more
It may: There are 2 different reactions that you may have to a cream that causes darkening. First, you may be allergic to the cream and the darkening is a response. Second, may be whats called post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. This is a response to either an allergic reaction or to the chemical reaction that is used to remove your hair. Usually stopping the cream will lead to lightening your skin. ...Read more
Hyperpigmentation: Waxing of any sort can cause inflammation, which in turn can cause hyper pigmentation, especially in darker skin types. Laser hair removal is a better option, you get less ingrown hairs, less chronic inflammation. Hyper pigmentation can be treated with a combination of steroids and bleaching creams. ...Read more
Tan: Skin darkening caused only by the sun is a tan and fades naturally.Some meds such as hormones and some diseases can also cause skin darkening which is harder to reverse.Lupus and pregnancy can cause facial darkening and adult onset congenial adrenal hyperplasia among other things can cause darkening of the neck and inner elbows.If you are having problems see your doctor to be sure you do not have ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 years back i got typhoid along with acne and sudden extreme skin darkening.The darkening still remains and is worse now.What could be the cause?
Skin Darkening: Addison's disease is a skin-darkening disorders in which the adrenal glands don't produce enough of the steroid hormones. It causes brown patches of skin, making a person look suntanned, or it may appear as white patches on the skin. Other causes include: medication, sun damage, melasma, skin irritation, photosensitivity disorders, and others. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more
Yes, depends on site: Brownish discoloration about the ankle area may be due to venous insufficiency. Dark, velvety skin about body creases (armpits, groin, neck) may be seen in those with cancer. Some medications, and hormones can cause darkening of the skin. It is best to seek medical evaluation for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Skin darkens in pregnancy for increase in melanocyte stimulating hormone which increases production of melanin on the face, nipples amd genitals. This may occur after pregnancy. The color will lighten after delivery. If it persists ot can be treated by a dermatolgist in non breast feeding women. ...Read more
Stay out of the sun: During pregnancy your body excretes something called melanocyte stimulating hormone (among many other hormones) which causes darkening of the skin. There is nothing you can do to prevent this, but you can minimize is effect by staying out of the sun, or applying a good broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion (spf ~50) every day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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