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How to Get Rid of Dark Bra Strap Lines on the Shoulder Area

Updated April 17, 2017

An ill-fitting bra with straps that are too tight is not only uncomfortable, it can also cause scarring. The straps dig into your skin, traumatising the tissue leaving behind scars and hyper pigmentation on the shoulder area. If you have never had a professional bra fitting it is time that you do. There are ways to prevent and fade these dark lines.

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  1. Get fitted for a bra. Immediately eliminate the cause of the dark lines. A professional can properly fit you for a bra that will provide adequate support with straps that do not cut into your skin.

  2. Exfoliate your shoulder area daily. Exfoliating removes the old cells from the top of the skins surface, allowing new cells to be revealed. Exfoliate with an exfoliating body brush, body scrub or exfoliating skin treatments that contain glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids. Exfoliating will help your dark marks fade faster and become less noticeable each time by sloughing off dead skins cells and revealing new ones.

  3. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. The sun causes further darkening of the skin that is already hyperpigmented. The sunscreen will protect the skin and keep the dark area of the skin from becoming darker.

  4. Apply a fade cream to the dark lines on your shoulders. Fade creams are applied topically to fade dark spots on the skin and hyperpigmentation. Purchase fade creams over the counter at your local pharmacy or superstore. Some fade creams contain natural ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid and liquorice extract. Hydroquinone is found in some fade creams, and it has some potential dangers. Use products with hydroquinone as recommended on the packaging or by your physician.

  5. Tip

    Get refitted for a bra as your body changes with weight gain or loss.

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Things You'll Need

  • Exfoliate
  • Sunscreen
  • Fade cream

About the Author

Crys James

Crys James has been writing newsletters for her employer since 2004 and began freelance writing in 2010. Her writing focuses on topics in personal finance, family, food and fitness. James has a Bachelor of Science in business management from National Louis University in Wheeling, Ill.

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