Skin discolouration and shaving

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Skin discolouration and shaving
Shaving irritation can lead to skin discolouration. (Gutzemberg/iStock/Getty Images)

Skin discolouration is a common problem for both men and women. With discolouration, the skin darkens in certain areas. There are many reasons for the change in skin pigment, including the side effects of shaving the face, underarms and legs.


According to “Top 5 Causes of Dark Underarms” on The Beauty Brains website, shaving removes hair just below the surface. “If your hairs are slightly darker than your skin colour, they can give the appearance that your skin has a dark stain when it's really just subsurface hair,” reports the article.


The significance of skin discolouration due to shaving is that darkened areas are usually noticeable, especially on the face and on the legs.


Instead of shaving, use a depilatory cream or waxing kit. Another solution is to try a different razor or shaving cream.


Applying diluted hydrogen peroxide to the affected area with a cottonwool ball may be one way to bleach the skin. However, avoid sun exposure after application.


In many cases, a darkened area where you shave may not be the result of shaving at all. If the condition does not improve after changes are made, consult a doctor. Medication or diseases can also cause discolouration of the skin.

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