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Friday, June 12, 2009

Taking Care of the Skin Under your Arms

Raw, itchy and a burning feeling on your underarms? We often blame it to dull razors nicking the skin, but sometimes, skin product is the culprit. Most antiperspirants, deodorants, and shaving creams contain fragrance, which is an allergen. Add to that the salts and acids in antiperspirants that can upset skin, plus, your own sweat and the bacteria it breeds.


Dermatologists recommend treating it with over the counter hydrocortisone cream for 3 to 5 days. Once irritation subsides, keep your skin in the clear by replacing your razor blade every 2 weeks. Switch to alcohol-free and fragrance-free products and look for soothing ingredients like aloe vera. It's also advised to wait at least 20 minutes after shaving before applying deodorants and antiperspirants. Also wear breathable cotton clothes or tops as much as possible. If irritation persists, consult your dermatologist.

6 comments :

Anya said...

Thank you for the information :)
Nice post,
we all need a good taking care
LOL

greetz from us =^.^=

Empty Streets said...

I couldnt agree with you more to this, I have to be very careful as to what I put on my pits - Like for me powdery scents tend to cause rashes on my skin and looking for one that is unscented and non allergenic is quite a challenge :)

Ebie said...

Good tips!

Luana said...

Oh, I didn't know that fragrances could cause allergies :o Thanks for sharing!

P.S. P.S. I tagged you here sis! http://sweet-loves.net/?p=333

juliana said...

20 minutes after shaving .... I don't normally follow this as I immediately apply my deodorant soon after. Now I know.

krisel said...

very informative post, dear. thanks for sharing. :)

 
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