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Dark Inner Thighs

Updated on December 14, 2011

Women with dark inner thighs are often embarrassed by the condition, especially when summer comes around and with it, the opportunity to get the swimming costumes out. But what exactly is it that causes this unusual condition?

Whilst it is true that it tends to be larger ladies who suffer from this, predominantly from skin chafing, there can be other reasons too and some may even indicate a more serious medical condition. One of these is a skin disorder called acanthosis nigricans which causes darkening in the folds of the skin. If you suspect that you may have this, then you should consult your doctor as this can sometimes be a sign of diabetes and on rare occasions, even cancer.

Amongst the more common reasons other than chafing that can cause this darkening of the skin on the thighs is the birth control pill, so once again, this is best discussed with your doctor.

If the dark skin is caused simply by chafing and nothing more serious, there are some home skin whitening treatments that are simple to make and to use and you may like to give these a try before spending more money trying to alleviate the problem.

Home Remedy for Dark Inner Thighs

The simplest way is to use lemon juice (fresh lemon juice is best and smells nicer!).  Simply add to some bath oil and rub on your inner thighs for a couple of minutes or so, working it into your skin. Leave this for 15-20 minutes and then remove in the bath or shower. It is best to build up the amount of lemon that you use slowly as lemon is acidic and may cause skin dryness and irritation, so experiment a little but work up slowly.

Once you have used the above treatment a few times, you should start to notice some improvement. There may be some dark spots remaining that prove more stubborn to shift but you will see an improvement.

Another tip both after you have showered or bathed the treatment away, but also more generally, is to ensure that you moisturise your inner thighs as this will keep them soft and prevent the amount of friction as your legs chafe together.

Long term of course, and something that will be of general health benefit is to try to lose weight if your problem is that you are a larger build and your legs are chafing. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of getting dark inner thighs but will give you a healthier heart and a new zest for life (and I don’t mean lemon zest!).

Some women also find that they have a similar problem with dark armpits which is likely to be caused by a similar problem. You can once again try the lemon treatment or other alternatives that a number of women seem to swear by is shea butter or kojic soap.

Hopefully, some of these tips will help you to get rid of, or at least reduce, those dark inner thighs and give you back the confidence to improve your life and self belief.


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      Leslie A. Shields 6 years ago from Georgia

      Very nice Hub with excellent suggestions.