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Waxing the underarms instead of shaving prevents darkening of skin and losing weight also helps in avoiding skin to appear dark

Is there any solution to remove the black tan arise due to the shavings?
(20 May 2009)

Your question is a bit confusing. What black tan are you talking about. Tanning has nothing to do with shaving. Tanning is the darkening of the skin in response to the exposure to sunlight. Your skin color depends upon the amount of melanin in it, and this in turn primarily depends on your genes. It is difficult to decrease the amount of melanin in your skin, but a number of factors can cause it to increase. The main factor is exposure to sunlight - since melanin serves a protective function, when your skin is exposed to sunlight, the amount of melanin increases, thus darkening the skin. Other factors such as skin infections and changes in hormone levels in the body can also cause an increase in melanin, but this is usually uneven - the skin usually darkens in patches and spots. This kind of darkening of skin is usually known as hyperpigmentation, unlike darkening due to sun exposure, which is simply known as a tan.

Other factors can also cause skin to appear dark, and one of these is shaving. This usually occurs in areas where the growth of hair is very thick. Men who have thick facial hair and shave it usually experience this to some extent. The shaved area of the face may look a bit darker than the rest, or it may have a slightly greenish tinge, as a result of light bouncing off very fine stubble.

The same effect can sometimes be seen in the underarm area. However, here there is usually the added factor of friction. Constant rubbing of skin against skin or skin against fabric can cause the skin to darken. This is why many women develop dark underarms. The problem is a lot more common among people who are overweight, because the chances of friction are then much higher.

You haven't mentioned where your skin has darkened, but I assume that this is the place - the underarms. If you are overweight, you should try to lose weight gradually. Do not go on any kind of severely restrictive, crash diet. Simply start exercising daily and cut down your overall caloric intake, but particularly your intake of fats. You should also avoid wearing clothes that are too tight and chafe against your skin. You could also consider waxing your underarms instead of shaving them. This is more painful of course, but the pain decreases over time, and there is no hair left behind to make the skin look dark.

answered by G S on 20 May 2009, 5:42:31


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