First aid for irritated armpits

First aid for irritated armpits

Redness, tenderness, swelling, flaking, bumps and itching. Each of these unpleasant symptoms are associated with irritated armpits. How do irritated armpits occur, and more importantly, how do you get rid of it? Do you ever suffer from irritated armpits? We have put together some of the most common causes and most important tips for you.


Skin irritation can occur in many different ways. Our armpits namely have to endure quite a bit. To treat this irritation it is important to find out in what way the irritation is caused.

A common cause of irritation under your arms is deodorant. Especially when the armpits have just been shaved. This is because there is more skin to skin contact then, and this makes the armpits extra sensitive. If this is the case, it is best to wait a while after shaving before applying deodorant. It can also help to not shave your armpits for a while, so the skin under your arms has time to recover.


Furthermore, it is possible to experience irritation by just shaving. This is often caused by a razor that is too blunt. Therefore, try to replace your razor regularly. Also, it is recommended to always use shaving cream while shaving. To take extra care of your armpits, you can apply moisturising cream after shaving.

Finally, irritants or allergens, such as detergent or soap can also cause contact eczema. Have you recently switched products and have you been experiencing irritation since then? If so, there is a good chance that this is the cause. Certain clothing such as synthetics or wool can also cause a hypersensitivity reaction.


Irritated armpits can be very unpleasant. Which is why we have put together a couple of tips for you, that will help you get rid of it quickly!

  • Try to leave your skin alone. By scratching or picking at it, you can irritate the skin even more. 

  • Wash your skin with lukewarm instead of warm water for a while.

  • Do not use perfumed or alcoholic products for a while.

  • Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as linen or cotton.

  • Try to not shave your armpits temporarily. 

In addition to irritated armpits, do you also suffer from rashes, and do the tips stated above not help? Then consult your doctor. The doctor can, when needed, prescribe medicine or refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. 

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