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8 Reasons Why Your Kili-Kili Is Maitim

And avoid these sneaky culprits whenever you can!
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While a huge pimple in the middle of your face is an obvious confidence killer, dark underarms are just as bad, too! Girls with darker underarms often feel dyahe and end up limiting themselves—from avoiding tank tops like the plague to not raising their arms for recitation. To help you out with this common problem and avoid getting dark underarms, Dr. Rhoda Espino, CEO of EliteAsia Aesthetic Center, lists down the eight common reasons as to why your kili-kili is darker than you want it to be.

Shaving. Shaving your underarms is the easiest and most convenient way to remove hair. But when your razor is sharp, it can create wounds on the underarm area. It has extremely thin skin and abrasion causes the skin to darken. Let's not forget that the constant friction when shaving is an obvious culprit, too!

Waxing. Another popular hair removal system, strong removal of the waxing strip can create skin irritation and cause discoloration of the skin in the underarm area, too!

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Too tight clothing. If you like your clothes super tight, then heads up, because extremely tight clothing can cause friction, hence discoloration. Make sure to keep your closet full of stylish clothes that are made of stretchable and soft materials to avoid this problem.

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Burns from over the counter bleaching peels. "A lot of my patients come to me because of burns because of over the counter bleaching peels. Not only does it causes skin irritation, it can cause skin damage, too!" Dr. Rhoda shared. That's why when it comes to procedures like these, make sure to leave it to experts.

Overexposure to whitening soaps. If you do intend to use whitening soaps, make sure to avoid letting it stay on your skin for a long time. Instead, rinse it right away. Also, it's important to be mindful of the soap and its effects on your skin.  Test the soap on a tiny area on your forearm first before using it—especially on parts where the skin is thinnest—such as underarms and bikini area.

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Deodorants and antiperspirants spray.  If you really must use deodorants and roll-ons, it's important to choose the products that you will buy wisely. Apply only a thin coat of deo and let it dry before putting on your clothes.

Excessive sweat. Believe it or not, but excessive sweat can also cause dark underarms due to friction.

Genes. Yes, you can blame your family for your dark underarms because the excess of melanin in the underarm area can actually be caused by your genes. Yikes!

What do you do to solve dark kili-kili problems?

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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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