Underarm Pigmentation

underarms pigmentation


Your underarms are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, and more sensitive than you may realise. They are very easy to irritate, which may lead to inflammation.

When your underarms become inflamed it causes hyperactivity in melanocytes, producing melanin excessively and causing darkening of the skin. This process can often be worse in skin of colour.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) Causes

  • Excessive shaving
  • Waxing
  • Scratching
  • Secondary infections
  • Natural deodorants
  • Allergies
  • Tight Clothing
  • Acanthosis Nigricans

Important: You must treat any inflammation first to ensure no secondary infection will take place.

Switch to a fragrance-free body wash and a gentle antiperspirant/deodorant. Some deodorants and antiperspirants may contain ingredients that can irritate the skin, any inflammation can lead to a thickening of the skin as well as an increase of pigmentation.


After you’ve tackled the cause of the underarm hyperpigmentation, you can now start repairing the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. For this, you will need tyrosinase inhibitors; a few of my favourites are…

  • Kojic Acid
  • Alpha Arbutin
  • Liquorice Root Extract
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

The Dr V Body Pigmentation Kit contains 10 fantastic tyrosinase inhibitors, including antioxidants and emollients that work by delivering the tyrosinase inhibitors deep into the skin's melanocytes to reduce melanin production, thereby reducing hyperpigmentation.

Dr V Body Pigmentation Kit is a comprehensive system, to tackle hyperpigmentation from all angles. You won't find a blended cream-based solution with more active ingredients anywhere else.

I formulated it with hydrating factors & only the least irritating ingredients (essential for easily irritated skin of colour), whilst still delivering key benefits to the skin.

It contains smart ingredients such as…

Jojoba Oil, Retinaldehyde, Vitamin A Palmitate, Retinol, Lactic Acid, Vitamin E Acetate, Shea Butter

...which work together to increase cell turnover and regeneration of skin cells affected by PIH.