Itchy Armpits

Why Are My Armpits Itchy? 6 Causes Of Itchy Armpits

Why do my armpits itch? 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 your itchy armpits so you can get to the bottom and solve the question of 'why are my armpits itchy?'.

woman with itchy rash under armpit

CAUSES OF ITCHY ARMPITS - WHY DO MY ARMPITS ITCH?

HEAT RASH

When your body sweats, it mixes with the dirt collected on your skin throughout the day to cause itchy underarms. 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 of 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.

woman showering as itchy armpits treatment

CAUSES OF ITCHY ARMPITS - WHY DO MY ARMPITS ITCH?

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.

laundry to avoid itchy armpits

CAUSES OF ITCHY ARMPITS - WHY DO MY ARMPITS ITCH?

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 itchy underarms. Try switching to natural, fragrance-free detergents that don't contain dyes as these are well known culprits for irritation.

sensitive skin causing itchy underarms

CAUSES OF ITCHY ARMPITS - WHY DO MY ARMPITS ITCH?

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.

woman shaving causing itchy armpits

CAUSES OF ITCHY ARMPITS - WHY DO MY ARMPITS ITCH?

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 underarms so continuing to shave will only continue to irritate your skin.

soap causing itchy rash under armpit

CAUSES OF ITCHY ARMPITS - WHY DO MY ARMPITS ITCH?

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.


ITCHY ARMPITS TREATMENT

We’ve identified what can cause itchy underarms and hopefully answered the question ‘why do my armpits itch?’ - but what can you do for itchy armpits treatment? We’ve highlighted some important things you can try to ease itchy underarms.

Do Not Itch 
We understand that scratching itchy underarms may relieve irritation in the short term and feels impossible to refrain from - but scratching itchy underarms will only irritate the area further. This can cause an itchy rash under armpits to increase in size and become even more sensitive.

 

Take Time To Relax 
Being stressed can lead to outbreaks of an itchy rash under armpits or even cause them to become worse. Whether you’re stressed at work or busy with everyday life, try to take time to relax and allow your body to heal itself. 

woman relaxing to avoid itchy underarms

body lotion for itchy underarms

Home Remedies  
You may have an itchy armpits treatment already at home! 

 

- Ice cubes are a great way to cool and soothe the irritation caused by itchy underarms. Try wrapping some ice cubes in kitchen roll or a tea towel and place it under your armpits. This will also stop you from being able to scratch them.
- Moisturising will protect your underarms from becoming dry and even more sensitive. Try our NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Lotion to provide 48H hydration for your skin and soothe the irritation caused by itchy underarms.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help with itchy underarms. Including it within your diet will help to combat the irritation. It can be found in all kinds of foods, including; oranges, lemons, strawberries and even broccoli. You can also try our NIVEA Q10 Rich Firming Body Lotion with Vitamin C to intensely moisturise your skin with the power of vitamin C for 48H.

WHAT NIVEA CAN DO TO HELP WITH ITCHY ARMPITS TREATMENT

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 are searching for itchy armpits treatment.

deodorant to stop itchy rash under armpits

ITCHY ARMPITS TREATMENT

NIVEA PEARL & BEAUTY ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANT ROLL-ON

This deodorant is alcohol free with pearl extracts for a soft and velvety finish - to help relieve your itchy armpits.

spray deodorant for itchy armpits

ITCHY ARMPITS TREATMENT

NIVEA BEAUTY ELIXIR SENSITIVE ANTI-PERSPIRANT SPRAY

This deodorant is enriched with vitamins, minerals and milk essence to provide your underarms silky softness. It helps to protect against moisture which can cause an itchy rash under armpits.

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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.