Illuminate Your Skin: The Body Parts That Benefit The Most From Brightening Treatments

Have you ever wondered why certain parts of your body are darker than others?


From a deeper-toned face to shadowy underarms, hyperpigmentation and dark spots are more likely to show up in specific areas of our bodies. Understanding why certain parts are more prone to darkening and how to treat them can make all the difference in achieving a more radiant complexion. Read on to learn about how you can glow evenly from head to toe!

Why Do Some Body Parts Get Darker Than Others?

Before we go into specifics, let’s break down the science of why this happens.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as enhanced sun exposure. The parts of our bodies that tend to be less covered up, like our faces, are more likely to get darker than the parts that are usually hidden by clothing and other barriers.

In other cases, darkening can be a side effect of skin friction, which is why body parts that experience frequent rubbing or pressure are more prone to hyperpigmentation. Here are the body parts you’ll want to pay the most attention to when using skin brightening treatments.



Our faces tend to get more sun exposure than any other body part. They’re also impacted by hormonal changes brought on by experiences like puberty and pregnancy, which can trigger dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Add a heightened level of sensitivity and delicacy of facial skin compared to the body skin, and you have the perfect canvas for an uneven skin tone.

Fortunately, you can keep hyperpigmentation at bay and enjoy a more even facial skin tone by swapping to a skin brightening cleanser and/or moisturizer.


While our underarms might not see the light of day very often, they’re a body part that experiences a lot of friction. It’s typically caused by regular shaving, and even the use of deodorant or wearing tight clothing. Our underarms may also get overlooked during exfoliation treatments, which leads to a buildup of dead skin cells.

Consistent underarm darkness may be a sign of acanthosis nigricans, a form of skin darkening that might suggest another underlying condition. If regular underarm skin brightening treatments don’t change the pigment of your underarms, you may want to check with a healthcare professional to ensure it’s not a sign of something deeper.


Our elbows are another body part that experiences regular friction and pressure. You may be guilty of constantly leaning your elbows against hard surfaces, which can thicken and darken the skin. 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to rethink all of your comfort poses — consider adding a skin brightening body lotion to your evening routine!


Just like our elbows, our knees experience a lot of friction from kneeling and rubbing down against surfaces. You can always try to avoid sitting positions that add extra friction to the knees, or give your legs some extra love with brightening soaps and lotions.

Now that you understand why certain body parts are more sensitive to hyperpigmentation than others, you can adjust your skincare routine accordingly to create a brighter and more even complexion!

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