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Keeping your underarms smooth is a big part of most women's lives. Although some women choose not to be a slave to the razor, many find that shaving is the easiest, least painful way of underarm hair removal. On the not-so-lovely side, if you have sensitive skin, you may have noticed that shaving causes nasty little bumps -- caused by ingrown hairs -- under your armpits. Embarrassing underarm bumps can be eliminated by taking care of your underarms and shaving the right way. Don't be afraid to go sleeveless anymore!
This might sound gross if you're used to regularly shorn underarms, but the best way to treat razor bumps is to let the hair grow out for a couple of weeks. The bumps appear because when your hair starts growing back, the hair curls and grows back into your skin. If you let your armpit hair grow, it allows it to come all the way out of the hair follicle.
Regularly apply corticosteroid cream to your underarms -- following the manufacturer's or your doctor's directions -- if the bumps are inflamed or painful. The cream will take down the swelling and redness, making the bumps a lot less noticeable. Although corticosteroid cream helps reduce redness and pain, it does put a damper on using deodorant and can make your armpits a bit sweaty.
Although benzoyl peroxide ointment is typically used for zit-zapping, it can also be used to help kill the bacteria that infects the hair follicle, resulting in bumps. Immediately after shaving, dab a small amount of benzoyl peroxide on your underarm. Don't use a ton; benzoyl peroxide can be irritating to your skin if you use too much.
Prevent bumps by softening your skin before shaving with warm water and a shave gel or cream. Apply the cream in the direction of hair growth.
Always shave in the direction the hair grows. This usually means starting the razor at the top of your armpit and shaving downward. This might seem a little unnatural to you if you're used to shaving in the opposite direction, but it really helps prevent razor bumps.
Don't pull your skin taut when shaving. Doing this can cause razor bumps.