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8 Shocking Things It Can Mean If You Have Dark Armpits

Bodies change constantly, and most of the evolutions are harmless. A shift in the type of hair you have when you’re pregnant or the development of wrinkles around the eyes as you age aren’t usually something you should lose sleep over. But these shocking eight reasons you have dark underarms could actually be cause for medical concern.

Yes, there are some potential health risks associated with dark underarms, but many people experience discoloration in that area of the body. According to a 2014 study by the Indian Dermatology Online Journal, up to 74 percent of people suffer from dark armpits at some point in their life, and that risk factor increases depending on your age, weight, and race. Still, Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist based in New York, says this problem is usually just an inconvenience rather than a medical issue. She explained to Romper via email that it’s important to remember that “darkening of the armpits alone is a simple cosmetic issue,” but “if the texture is changing, becoming thicker or more velvety, then you should bring it to the attention of your dermatologist… It is important to remember that generally this condition is benign, and can even be hereditary.” It’s usually a combination of factors that indicate something more serious is going on.

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Source: Romper – 8 Shocking Things It Can Mean If You Have Dark Armpits By, Samantha Grindell

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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