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If you have sensitive underarms, you probably aren't getting much use out of your favorite sundresses and tank tops. Itchy, bumpy, inflamed armpits don't exactly inspire the baring of arms. Looks aside, underarm sensitivity can be hard to ignore. Hair removal and deodorant products are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to underarm irritation. New grooming habits can help you get rid of redness, dump the bumps and ditch the itch.
Hair Removal Options
Re-examining your hair removal repertoire can help with underarm sensitivity. Depilatory liquids and creams can trigger rashes, redness and other allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. Try shaving or waxing instead. Waxing can be less irritating than shaving and doesn't have to be done as often. Paying a pro to wax for you decreases the risk of irritation even further.
If you opt for shaving, use a fresh razor to prevent rashes, bumps and nicks caused by dull blades. Shave in the direction of hair growth. Shaving creams or gels also help protect sensitive underarm skin from irritation. Shave oils often contain soothing herbs or essential oils, and moisturize the skin while helping prevent bumps and rashes. Apply three minutes before shaving for maximum irritation prevention.
Deodorant and Antiperspirant
Use a solid fragrance-free antiperspirant or deodorant designed for sensitive skin. Some formulas even claim to stunt the growth of underarm hair, which translates to fewer irritating hair removal sessions. Natural deodorants are also a good option, since the parabens found in conventional antiperspirants can cause allergic reactions. Going DIY is another option. Take advantage of a day at home to test the freshening power of baking soda sprinkled under the arms.
Put off applying deodorant for at least 10 minutes after shaving. Better yet, bathe at night so you can avoid putting on antiperspirant till morning. Your skin will appreciate the break. Rough fabrics can also irritate freshly shaved underarm skin, so stick with softer fabrics whenever possible. Post-shave bump-prevention products soothe delicate underarms and help stop itching and ugly red bumps.
If you take isotretinoin or tretinoin and notice increased armpit irritation, ask your dermatologist for alternatives. These acne medications intensify skin sensitivity. If itchiness occurs after shaving, resist the urge to scratch. Scratching the skin can make it even more inflamed and itchy, and light scratches may become irritated when you apply deodorant or antiperspirant. Besides, no one will notice how great you look if you're scratching your armpits!