I have extremely dark armpits. Do you suggest a chemical peel to fix the color, and and which chemical peel? (Photo)

In the pic, that is not hair but the skin itself.

Doctor Answers 1

Axillary Hyperpigmentation

It is completely normal to have slight hyperpigmentation of the underarms, and most people do have some degree of this. The first thing that should be ruled out is a condition called acanthosis nigricans.  A dermatologist can diagnose this, and it may implicate underlying diabetes or hormonal conditions. Provided you are otherwise healthy, a series of salicylic acid peels would likely be helpful at reducing the appearing of darkness. Laser hair reduction with a 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser may also be helpful at reducing the dark appearance.

Chicago Dermatologist

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