I have extremely dark armpits. Do you suggest a chemical peel to fix the color, and and which chemical peel? (Photo)
Doctor Answers 1
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.