In this article, we are going to talk about how to get rid of hyperpigmentation between the inner thighs.
The most frequent cause of hyperpigmentation between the inner thighs is just irritation. The irritation very commonly is due to skin-on-skin contact or the inner thighs rubbing together. Really tight-fitting clothing jeans, rough fabrics that rub on the skin, or simply having dry skin can cause a lot of irritation. And when you remove the hair in the area, it’s very easy to get irritated from that no matter how you are removing the hair. Also, you can have ingrown hairs, and all that can lead to hyperpigmentation.
Another major contributing factor to discoloration between the inner thighs is a medical cause, specifically polycystic ovary syndrome or insulin resistance related to type 2 diabetes. Both of these conditions can have a skin manifestation called acanthosis nigricans, which can happen between the inner thighs, on the back of the neck and under the armpits.
This condition is related to insulin resistance that can be seen in both polycystic ovary syndrome as well as in pre-diabetes and existing type 2 diabetes, so you must see your healthcare provider to rule out these underlying medical ideologies of hyperpigmentation or discoloration between the inner thighs.
Products that we are going to mention in this article are not really going to correct the issue at all, but aside from those medical conditions, here are our recommendations about what you can do about the discoloration.
The first thing you should do is to stop hair removal for a period of time. Stop shaving, plucking, waxing, tweezing, feathering, etc. All of these can set you up for a lot of irritation, so just give yourself a break. We know we’re head into summer, and the idea of doing that is kind of appalling because you want to be wearing bathing suits and whatnots.
Alternative laser hair removal is a good idea because it will reduce the need to remove the hair in the long term. Maybe you want to pursue one of the at-home hair removal devices, so it actually might be a good option.
You have to change up your wardrobe. Loose-fitting clothing is the best, no more tight jeans, no more tight pants. The reason obviously the frictions and the rough fabric, especially in jeans.
However, if your skin rumps together because of the shape of your legs, skin rubbing can be avoided actually by wearing some shapewear like bike shorts. Shapewear can certainly help, especially if you’re going to be wearing a skirt because they basically will pull the skin from each leg away from one another.
And of course, if the skin is exposed o daylight, make sure that you’re wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and you reapply it pretty frequently because the friction between your inner thighs is going to rub off the sunscreen much more quickly than like the sunscreen on your face.
We recommend a barrier cream as the product address both the dry skin and the irritation, specifically a diaper cream.
Your skin is having in these areas is similar to what’s going on when a baby has diaper dermatitis or diaper rash. Diaper cream for people who cope with inner thighs should be zinc-oxide-based. The zinc oxide is anti-inflammatory, so we can calm down some of that inflammation, and it provides a physical barrier for the skin that will reduce irritation and dryness.
The second product that we would recommend is a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acid. It will help with ingrown hairs and dry skin. It will help calm down irritation and remove some of the skin cells from the top layer of the skin that is discolored and help with just gentle exfoliation.
When it comes to applying any product, you don’t need a thick film. The thickness gets you nowhere. You really only need a thin film to the point that you just feel it going on the skin, but you don’t see it or anything. It dries very quickly. So you don’t get anywhere by using a ton, you just waste the product.
We recommend putting this on at night time before you go to bed. Try incorporating one ingredient by doing it every other night for the first two weeks, see how you tolerate it, and if things are going well, then try using that one ingredient every night. If you tolerate using that one ingredient every night just fine, then try bringing in the second ingredient.
If you don’t see any results after that period of time, then it’s not worth buying more, but the barrier cream and the alpha hydroxy acid those things are going to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy and help reduce the irritation helps soften rough patches.