To whiten your groin region quickly and effectively there are several treatments available, such as whitening creams, chemical peels, radiofrequency, microdermabrasion or pulsed light, for example, which act by reducing excess accumulated melanin and returning the natural tone to your skin.
Each treatment can be appropriate for either slight lightening or intense lightening, and the results can be achieved gradually or quickly, in days, weeks or months, according to the needs of each person. Ideally, you should be guided by a dermatologist or a professional qualified to perform these types of treatments, after a skin evaluation and deciding on the best method for each person.
Dark spots on the skin arise due to the accumulation of melanin in its layers, mainly due to situations such as hormonal changes, folliculitis, inflammations and use of cosmetics, especially in people with genetic predisposition, and are very common in places of greater friction in the skin, such as in the groin and armpit.
1. Whitening creams
There are a few options for whitening creams to lessen stains in the armpit as these contain active ingredients that reduce the pigment of the skin:
- Hydroquinone: it is a potent active depigmenting agent of the skin, very useful in the treatment of melasma, freckles and hyperpigmentation patches caused by the sun, inflammations or dermatitis, for example. The best-known brand is Clariderm, and its use requires some care, and medical monitoring is important, as it can make the skin more sensitive and cause dryness, itching and peeling;
- Retinoic acid: also known as tretinoin, it’s a vitamin A derivative that acts deeply on the skin, helping to reduce blemishes, increase collagen production and rejuvenate the skin;
- Kojic acid: it works as a depigmentation agent, helping to reduce the production of melanin, besides having an antioxidant effect, reducing inflammations, infections and cutaneous aging;
- Azelaic Acid: it’s an acid and works by controlling the amount of melanin, decreasing the darkening of the skin, and is also useful for decreasing skin oils and fighting acne.
The creams should be used 1 to 2 times a day, and show results in about 2 to 4 weeks, which varies according to the intensity of the blemish and the dose of the product. Therefore, they must be purchased in pharmacies with the guidance of a dermatologist. There are also other types of creams, such as adapalene, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, for example, that may be recommended by the dermatologist.
2. Chemical peeling
Chemical peeling is a type of cosmetic treatment using acids at higher concentrations, with the goal of removing the most superficial layer of skin, which contains imperfections and blemishes.
It’s done in sessions, and the results can be seen from the second treatment session. It may require a total of 10 sessions for an optimal result to be obtained. In this period, it’s advisable to use a good moisturizer, with sunscreen, as the skin becomes very sensitive.
Some widely used chemical peels include mandelic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or a combination of acids, for example, which act not only to remove blemishes, but to soften scars and acne marks and rejuvenate the skin.
3. Aesthetic treatments
There are options for aesthetic treatments that help to treat skin blemishes, which should be done by the dermatologist or in places able to carry out these treatments. Some options include:
- Intense pulsed light, which is indicated for removing dark spots on the skin, especially those caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet rays;
- Microdermabrasion, which is an exfoliation technique to bring about skin rejuvenation;
- Radiofrequency, which is a treatment that, besides lightening the skin, fights flaccidity and evens out wrinkles.
During these treatments, it is important to maintain skin care so that the effect is more meaningful, such as wearing underwear that causes less friction, protecting the skin from the sun with sunscreen, and treating infections, if any, such as fungal infections, for example.
4. Natural treatments
There are some home remedies that can help whiten the groin because they exfoliate the skin and have moisturizing and soothing properties. Some options include preparations made with bicarbonate, white clay and oats.