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Dark complexion over cleavage, armpits. What can I use to lighten the tone?

i am really wondering why my cleavage is black or rather darker than my complection. it started when i was 18y/o. i am now 22. it is not itchy nor scaly. what can this be? and what can i use to lighten my complection on that part? my underarm/armpit is also really dark because when i was young i used a deodorant and i didn t know that it already expired. after i used that deodorant it started itching and became really red. then after few days i became so wet and itchy to the point that i can t stop scratching it. now it is so dark that it s like a shade of dark brown but my complexon is like khaki/light brown/peach.
Mon, 9 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

I understand your health concern.

The cause of this is a fungal infection or Tinea in medical terms. You have had a past infection in your younger ages and it has continued to the present state.

The mere dark complexion suggests it is a fungal infection.

Follow these measures:

1. Dry yourself thoroughly after bathing. Then only put on your clothes.

2. Use a simple antifungal cream like clotrimazole on the darker areas on a routine basis.

You should feel better soon though 100% cure is not possible.

Wish you good health.

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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon Dr. Prakash Chhajlani's  Response
Dark Complexion.since last 4 years.

It may be difficult to get rid of it but you could lighten the complexion by the use od Hydroquinone or Tretnoic acid creams for a limited period of 1-2 months.It would be best to start them under the supervision of a dermatologist.Also do sunprotection to prevent it form becoming darker.lot of times this problem is genetic and the treatment is limited.
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