Shaving your underarms is one of the cheapest and most accessible ways to getting rid of unwanted body hair. However, it is very damaging to the skin. Here are 3 reasons why you should stop shaving your underarms, and opt for other hair removal methods.
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If you’ve ever shaved any part of your body, chances are that you would have experienced ingrown hairs. Shaving does not remove the hair follicle, but rather cuts it at the surface. When the cut hair grows, it grows sideways into the skin. This results in inflammation and irritated skin, which we can confirm, is not fun. The best way to treat them is to leave them alone, which can take anywhere from a few days to months. Aside from being uncomfortable, ingrown hairs are also not the prettiest sight.
Suffering from dark underarms? We’ve got bad news for you. Dark underarms caused by hyperpigmentation. Guess what causes hyperpigmentation? You guessed it — shaving. Repeated friction and trauma results in the skin growing back thicker than it was before, with thicker skin being darker than before. Multiple shaves throughout the years, and you wonder why and when your underarms have gotten so dark!
Ever experienced a burning sensation after shaving? it’s most likely a razor burn. It can be caused by multiple factors, of which include:
- using an old or clogged blade
- shaving without lubrication (cream or gel)
- shaving too quickly
These develop into rashes and can be uncomfortable, especially as shaving increases skin-to-skin contact and thereby, friction.
What alternatives do I have?
Lucky for you, modern beauty treatments have come up with a ton of hair removal options that are much gentler on the skin. Want to go natural? Try sugaring, an ancient hair removal method that has stood the test of time. If you’re looking for more permanent options, consider trying IPL or SHR, which offer a long-term solution to your fuzz.
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