Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Q&A Wednesday

SYB BABE: Anonymous

ISSUE: "What can I do about the hyperpigmentation that has resulted from years of shaving my underarms? My underarms look like I have five o'clock shadow even though nothing is there. Is there anything that can help?"

TIA'S 2 CENTS: Oh, Anonymous, the dark underarm thing is something so many brown girls have to deal with (we're all super-prone to hyperpigmentation). Adding to the problem? Most skin-lightening agents contain hydroquinone, a harsh bleaching agent that can cause further irritation, which causes even more darkening. What you need is a gentle product like Medliten Skin Lightening Serum ($49.95), a mild-but-insanely-effective gel used to fade dark spots not only on underarms, but also age spots, some birthmarks, knees, bikini area and, well...(earmuffs, kids) some porn stars use it for, um, at-home anal bleaching. I say that only to bring home how effective it is!

On a budget? At half the price of Medliten, DermaDoctor Total NonScents Ultra-Gentle Brightening Antiperspirant ($28) is just as fabulous! Instead of hydroquinone, the anti-perspirant/deodorant contains Kojic Dipalmitate, a powerful, all-natural botanical brightener. It helps balance skin tone with regular use. Both of these products really do work, but it must be noted that it can take up to a year to reverse hyperpigmentation under the arms. So be patient, chickens!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously couldn't even concentrate on the rest of the post after the mention of anal bleaching. Really...who comes up with these things? Anywho...I definitely do suffer from hyperpigmentation on my under arm area so I'm glad to know there is something to help lighten it up! Thanks Tia!

11:00 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Thanks for this post. I suffer from the same issue. My other concern is what other methods can you use to avoid shaving in the first place? I'll definitely try these products.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the anonymous person who posted this question. Thanks so much for your help!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. you learn something everyday.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous couture nerd said...

I had the same problem and an esthetician familiar with african american skin helped me. She used some type of light therapy after giving me a massage. It took a couple of sessions, was inexpensive, but it reversed the problem.

Also, Brandi (love the name!) instead of shaving, try waxing or a depilatory.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

glad i stumbled across this!

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Aadriyah said...

Thanks Tia! Even though I wax, I've always suffered from hyperpigmentation under my arms. I have been looking for a product that could help. Will definitely try one of these!

12:38 PM  

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