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

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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.


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