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How can I treat my Axillary hyperpigmentation?

42 yr old, female, Wt= 57 kg, Ht= 5.18 ft no positive past medical history used to wear shirts tight in axilla for a while just a couple of years ago, I have got hyperpigmentation on anterior border of my axillae, I use alcohol free roll on or spray. How can I treat my Axillary hyperpigmentation?
Asked On : Fri, 15 Apr 2011
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Dermatologist 's  Response
axillary hyperpigmentation can occur due to friction with tight clothing(as mentioned by you )
Even the use of deodourants and antiperspirants can cause it
waxing .shaving,or hair removal creams can cause it
it can be post inflamatory after a bacterial or a fungal infection
To treat this
peeling- tca peels or glycolic or mixed peels can be done
apply depigmenting creams like kojic acid or glycolic acid or hydroquinone or azaelic acid twice a day under dermat's guidance as there are chances of irritation with these especially in folds like axillary area.
deodourants and sprays should be avoided.
Answered: Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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Dermatologist Dr. Sudarshan's  Response
Hi dear,
Axillary hyperpigmentation could be due to tinea i.e. fungal inf
Erythrasma a bacterial inf, or friction dermatitis .
Does it itch ,any fou; smell?,hairs normal or affected?
Show it to a dermatologist who can suggest you diagnosis and treatment.
As the treatment depends on cause.

Hope this ans suffices.
take care.
Answered: Wed, 22 Jun 2011
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Dermatologist Dr. Bhavesh Devani's  Response
axillary hyperpigmentaiton best treated by kojic acid peeling
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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