Are you somebody that dreads wearing a sleeveless shirt, because you’re underarms are several shades darker than the rest of your body? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Many people suffer from dark underarms for a number of reasons. The appearance of dark underarms can be embarrassing at times and could also affect your self-confidence. We forget about taking care of our underarm skin. But this area can suffer from numerous problems such as pigmentation, ingrown hair, pimples, rashes, and rough bumpy skin.
Your underarms should naturally be about the same shade as the rest of your skin. But sometimes, the skin under the arms can turn darker. The medical reason behind this is the fast multiplication of pigment cells. Medically, this condition is known as Acanthosis Nigricans.
The causes of dark underarms – the science behind it.
Carrying extra weight makes your body more resistant to the effects of insulin. This hormone helps regulate your blood sugar. High levels of insulin in your blood can lead to increased production of skin pigment cells.
- Type 2 diabetes
Obesity is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, a disease of high blood sugar.
People who develop type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of Acanthosis Nigricans.
- Hormone syndromes
- hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland
- corticosteroids, such as prednisone
- human growth hormone
- birth control pills
When acanthosis nigricans is caused by cancer, it’s called malignant acanthosis nigricans. You’ll likely see dark patches around your mouth.
Acanthosis Nigricans appears to run through families so you can become its victim genetically.