Aren’t you sick of the commercials that promote skin lightening and making your face “fair and lovely?” Why can’t we just be normal and lovely? Does fairness define beauty? Most beauty brands are making money off of our insecurities about darker spots on our bodies, be it underarms, inner thighs, knees, or necks. For every woman out there who feels like something is wrong with her body for having dark spots, this article is for you. We’ll tell you why women shouldn't be insecure about dark spots in their bodies.
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Before we get into this, it’s important to note that some dark spots or hyperpigmentation may develop on your skin due to skin conditions or constant exposure to UV light. It is best to visit a dermatologist to determine the reason behind your condition.
They’re Not a Disease!
Many young women, especially those who are about to get married get anxious and insecure about darker spots in their bodies, specifically their underarms and vagina. They’re in constant search for treatments and DIY products that can lighten their skin. Why are you looking for treatments, women? Unless you have a medical condition, darker spots are not a disease. This is normal skin.
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Women with darker skin tones tend to have uneven skin tones in some areas of their bodies due to certain skin cells referred to as “melanocytes.” Everyone is born with the same amount of melanocytes, but as a dark-skinned person, you’ll have bigger and more plentiful melanocytes. On the bright side, your skin can process UV rays more efficiently than lighter-skinned people, which means that your chances of having skin cancers and sun damage are less. However, when it comes to pigmentation issues, you’re likely to have more.
Scars Leave Marks
Hyperpigmentation can develop after healing from minor scratches, insect bites, and acne. This merely indicates that during the healing process, you release more melanocytes, which causes patchy spots and discolorations. Again, this is common among darker-toned people, so you have to understand that it’s your body’s nature, not something that needs treatment.
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Pregnancy Does That Too
Is there anything more natural and beautiful than a woman carrying a child inside her womb for 9 months? Growing a baby inside of you is a miracle, and your body is a champ for taking all the changes it goes through during pregnancy. One of the changes that pregnant women go through is hyperpigmentation, no matter what their skin color is. The scientific name for this condition is called “melasma.”
This pigmentation condition normally occurs on the face, although it can also affect the arms, shoulders, and neck. Pregnant women of all skin tones can develop these patches. So, if you’re pregnant and notice darker spots on your skin and think “oh, I need to shower more often,” that’s probably just melasma. However, we will always recommend checking any skin issues with your doctor before coming to a conclusion.
Love Yourself As Is
Having lighter underarms or knees isn’t a beauty standard. Your confidence is what makes you beautiful. If you trust and truly believe that you’re pretty and perfect the way you look, this will reflect on everybody you encounter. Don’t hide your insecurities, fearing that people will judge you or think you’re not beautiful. People’s opinions don’t matter; yours does!
Some Men Are Sick
If you’re in a relationship with someone who thinks that a woman’s body has to have certain criteria to be beautiful, you’re with the wrong guy. Similar guys will judge you when you gain pregnancy weight or when you feel under the weather and develop dark circles around your eyes. Steer clear from these people because they’re simply sick. In addition to being confident, you need someone who appreciates your confidence and loves you for your personality, not your body.
Your Body; Your Rules!
Although this article is all about making women feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin, we’re never against women who pursue cosmetic enhancements to make themselves look more beautiful. Those women may already know that they’re beautiful and that dark spots are normal, but still, they’d rather get rid of them. We understand that and we’re so here for it as long as it makes you feel happier.
Do you still look at dark spots the same way now? We hope that all women come to terms with their bodies and how different they look. You should know that it is our differences that define us, so be proud of who you are and how you look!
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