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I'm an Indian Female (30 Years) with Dark Underarms. I Would Like to Glycolic Gel Peel 35% at Home?

Will it be safe? How long should I wait to see the results. I feel terrible due to this discoloration and completely avoid wearing anything short sleeved.

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Dark Underarms may be treated with Glycolic Acid or other cream formulations.

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Dear RealSelf writer, Dark Underarms may be treated with Glycolic Acid or other cream formulations. Most of the times, the dark color in these areas is Not from an increase in the skin pigmentation/color. Rather, a condition called Acanthosis Nigricans is more commonly what we find in 'darkly colored' armpits. This condition is due to 'rough' or 'thickened' skin in these areas, which gives it the appearance of being dark. Therefore, a cream regimen that can moisturize and soften the skin, can be very successful in the majority of cases. While I prefer for patients not to use peeling agents with glycolic acid at home, the milder concentrations in certain creams are acceptable. Another good choice is the combination of urea 40% cream and salicylic acid 6% cream applied twice daily in a thin layer. Equally important is not to scrub these areas too aggressively as if to 'clean' them up. Remember, there is nothing to be cleaned up here, just very dry and rough skin to be moisturized. A mild strength of hydroquinone bleaching agent, like hydroquinone 2% or 4%, may be added to this treatment. Lastly, acanthosis nigricans may be seen mostly in our darker skin type ethnic groups, but it may also be seen, regardless of background, in patients with diabetes mellitus. If your case is not too extensive, it is likely that here's no connection to diabetes; but in patients with acanthosis on the armpits, neck and groin, being tested for diabetes would be very important. I hope this information helps you and wish you good results in your treatment. Dr. Bowes from Miami. 


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