HOW TO QUICKLY LIGHTEN AND
PREVENT DARK INNER THIGHS

HOW TO QUICKLY LIGHTEN AND PREVENT DARK INNER THIGHS

DECEMBER 2022 | 5 Minute Read 

Dark Inner Thighs: Legs of All Skintones

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If you’re someone who has dark inner thighs, you already know how uncomfortable this condition can be, as it can impact what you wear and how confident you feel in your skin. Dark inner thighs can be experienced by anyone, regardless of skin tone, when the skin overproduces melanin, resulting in hyperpigmentation.  

Though frustrating, there is hope and a brighter future ahead. Dark inner thighs can not only be lightened but also prevented if you implement these simple guidelines into your daily routine.  

WHAT CAUSES DARK INNER THIGHS?

There are numerous reasons why you may be experiencing dark inner thighs, so we’ll break them down one by one. 

Dark Inner Thighs: Skinny Jeans

CHAFING AND FRICTION

The number one culprit for this hyperpigmentation condition is chafing. When your skin chafes, it can become thin, itchy and discolored. If your thighs are prone to rubbing together when you walk or exercise, that could cause darkening of the skin. Tight clothing can also contribute to friction in this area, causing hyperpigmentation from irritation. 

HORMONAL IMBALANCES

Though harder to control, hormonal imbalances could cause hyperpigmentation issues not just on the inner thighs but also on other areas of the body. Women in particular can be more prone to hyperpigmentation-causing hormonal imbalances during pregnancy, breastfeeding, menstruation or due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Some hormonal contraceptives can also contribute to this.  
Dark Inner Thighs: Sun exposure on thighs

SUN EXPOSURE

A recurring theme when looking at causes of hyperpigmentation is always sun exposure. UV rays from sun exposure trigger the skin to produce more melanin and darken.  

SHAVING

Shaving causes irritation and can be one of the unexpected causes of hyperpigmentation on the inner thighs and even the underarm area. 

HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT DARK INNER THIGHS

When it comes to hyperpigmentation, prevention should be top of mind if you are prone to experiencing darkness in the inner thigh. It may not be possible to prevent it entirely, but there are steps to take to reduce the chances of dark inner thighs and treat the discoloration if you have it. 

LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO PREVENT DARK INNER THIGHS

Oftentimes daily habits can unknowingly contribute to skin conditions such as dark inner thighs. Here are some things you can begin to incorporate into your life to prevent it from happening:  
  • Prevent excess sweat and friction by wearing loose, breathable clothing   
  • Wearing bamboo shorts or stockings under dresses to reduce chafing  
  • Avoid shaving or waxing the area too frequently to prevent irritation  
  • Using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when the area is exposed to the sun  
  • Avoiding unnecessary scratching and rubbing the area  

SHOP NATURAL DEODORANTS

INGREDIENTS THAT TREAT DARK INNER THIGHS

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends kojic acid as an ingredient that can help lighten skin. Research has shown that niacinamide can help fade hyperpigmentation and has soothing and calming properties, making it ideal for sensitive skin areas such as the inner thigh. 

USE KOJIC ACID SOAP DAILY

Kojic acid has been used in Asia for centuries to remedy hyperpigmentation issues. It is highly effective, and when combined with daily use of the niacinamide brightening deodorant, it will speed up brightening results.   

Be warned that many kojic acid soaps are highly irritating as they are formulated with hydroquinone and may not be safe for everyone to use. Additionally, though it is harder to find, dermatologists recommend looking for “kojic dipalmitate” in the ingredient list. Kojic dipalmitate is a superior form of kojic acid that is more stable, less irritating and just as effective at brightening.  

I formulated an all-natural kojic acid (dipalmitate) soap that combines this tried and true ingredient with licorice root extract for maximum brightening results with no irritation. 

USE A DEODORANT WITH NIACINAMIDE TO PREVENT CHAFING

Creating a barrier on the skin by using a natural deodorant on the inner thighs will greatly reduce hyperpigmentation in the area. I recommend my niacinamide brightening deodorant as it not only prevents chafing but is formulated with niacinamide which will soothe irritation, and alpha arbutin, a highly effective but gentle brightening ingredient.   

Using this brightening deodorant will help prevent and treat dark inner thighs. 

STEPS TO BRIGHTENING DARK INNER THIGHS

This system is called “the takesumi bright” and is a two step system to help lighten dark inner thighs while helping to prevent inner thigh chafing. It can also be used on the underarms if you struggle with discoloration there too. 

THE TAKESUMI BRIGHT SYSTEM FOR DARK INNER THIGHS

  1. Start each day with the kojic acid soap in the shower. Lather for 30 seconds into the inner thigh area and rinse.  
  2. Follow with the niacinamide brightening deodorant, applied to clean, dry skin on the inner thighs. Reapply as needed throughout the day to help with chafing. 
  3. If you find you are in an environment that is making you sweat a lot, you can also use my sweat powder to help absorb moisture while preventing chafing 
  4. Don’t forget to apply (and reapply) SPF if the area will be exposed to the sun  

If you want to give this system a try, it comes in a set, which has both the niacinamide brightening deodorant and kojic acid soap.  

THE TAKEAWAY

Dark inner thighs do not have to hold you back from feeling comfortable in your skin. With the right lifestyle changes that help prevent the problem and incorporating the takesumi bright system into your routine, your dark inner thighs will be a thing of the past.  

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