Itchy Armpits

What Causes Itchy Armpits?

It's something many of us experience, and can be a source of real frustration. So here's what might be causing your itchy armpits and what you can do to relieve that itch.

Why are my armpits itchy?

Causes of itchy armpits

As areas of the body go armpits are pretty sensitive, so it's no surprise they're often left in a state of irritation. We've pinpointed what could be causing this so you can get to the bottom and solve the question of 'why are my armpits itchy?'.

Heat Rash

When your body sweats it mixes with the dirt collected on your skin throughout the day to cause itchy armpits. To prevent this you should wash your armpits regularly to prevent this build up that causes heat rash on your skin, and once you come out the shower make sure to dry your armpits thoroughly by patting the area dry rather than rubbing. Also when exercising you should wear loose clothing to give your armpits the chance to breathe and prevent rubbing against your skin.

Bacteria

Another reason you want to make sure your armpits are moisturised but thoroughly dry after showering is to prevent getting things like yeast infections in the area. When your skin is wet it's much easier for bacteria to collect and spread, and once this happens your skin is susceptible to infections that cause things like itchy armpits.

Shaving

Shaving - there are a number of faux pas that can be committed when shaving, and all of them will undoubtedly lead to itchy armpits and razor rash, so here are some easy changes you can make to your shaving routine to combat itchy armpits:

  • Don't use a razor for more than 7 uses, as the blades become dull causing you to go over the same area more times.
  • Never dry shave - your skin likes to be moisturised so running a sharp object over it's armpits when it's not is a bad idea. Make sure you shave while in the shower or bath as the warm water softens the hair follicles and makes it easier to shave while also keeping your skin hydrated and happy.
  • Use cream specially designed for shaving - it's carefully created to nourish your armpits and get the job done in the most caring way.
  • Don't shave your armpits too often - your skin needs time to recover, especially if you have itchy armpits so continuing to shave will only continue to irritate your skin.

Itchy armpits detergent

Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergents contain different kinds of soaps designed to remove hard stains and dirt from clothing so they often contain strong chemicals that react with your skin causing those itchy armpits. Try switching to natural, fragrance-free detergents that don't contain dyes as these are well known culprits for irritation.

Sensitive Skin

For some people it's a little more complicated and skin is prone to irritation from not only harsh chemicals but a number of different things, including deodorants. To avoid itchy armpits when you have sensitive skin you should use perfume-free deodorant and preferably one without aluminium as this clogs your pores to prevent sweat, and instead you should let your skin breathe to reduce irritation.

SOAP

Some soaps contain strong and harsh chemicals that cause your skin to become dry and angry, especially in sensitive areas like your armpits. Avoid body washes and soaps containing strong perfumes and colours which can provoke skin irritation leading to itchy armpits, and replace them with natural ingredients that nourish and soothe your skin. Take a look at the NIVEA Shower Gel range for your perfect solution.

In general it's a good idea to keep your skin moisturised, not only to combat itchy armpits but also as a way to fight the signs of aging on your body and keep your skin feeling happy. Try the NIVEA Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion to stay luxuriously hydrated. 

What NIVEA Can do to help with your itchy armpits

All of the ingredients at NIVEA are designed to nourish and care for your skin, and here are some products you should try if you suffer with itchy armpits.

NIVEA Sensitive & Pure Anti-PERSPIRANT Deodorant Stick

This deodorant is alcohol free, and perfume-free to help relieve your armpits of irritants leading to those itchy armpits.

NIVEA Fresh Clean 0% Aluminium 48H Deodorant Spray

This deodorant is quick drying and has no aluminium in it, so it won't clog your pores!