For the sweaty person, dealing with armpit sweat stains on your shirts can feel like a full-time job. Sweat stains can be embarrassing, and damaging to clothing, as well. With all that hair growing in your armpits, you may have wondered, does shaving armpits help with sweat? In this article, we will break down the answer and give you tips to help with your armpit sweat.
Your body produces sweat in response to a spike in its internal temperature. This spike can be caused by high temperatures or situations that trigger emotions like stress, anxiety, or nervousness. Production of sweat is overseen by two glands.
The armpit houses both glands. This means that at the slightest provocation, sweat is first produced in the armpits before the rest of your body. What’s more, the armpits are a great breeding ground for bacteria. Once sweat produces in the underarms, the bacteria go to work… which can result in odor.
Based on the explanation above, shaving your armpits will not reduce sweat. Simply stated, sweat is not caused by the hair itself. However, many people believe that having armpit hair increases sweat, and for good reason. Having armpit hair causes moisture to linger in your armpits longer than it would if there was no hair, and it can make sweat stains worse.
Additionally, having hairy underarms can prevent antiperspirants from reaching the skin, which can make them less effective in stopping sweat.
So, does shaving your armpits make you sweat less? No, but it will likely reduce the damage to your clothes when you do sweat.
The lack of hair allows antiperspirants to penetrate your skin, effectively stopping the sweat glands in your armpits from activating.
Okay, next question: does having armpit hair make you smell more? Yes. Freeing your body of thick armpit hair allows soap or body wash to reach the surface of your skin with ease, thereby killing bacteria that hide in the recesses of your underarms. The lack of hair also allows antiperspirants to penetrate your skin, effectively stopping the sweat glands in your armpits from activating.
So, does shaving armpits reduce smell? Yes. Because without sweat, the bacteria in your armpit will have nothing to breed on, which reduces your chances of developing BO.
Follow these suggested tips to make sure your shave goes smoothly:
If you want to quickly and easily remove the hair from your armpits, a shave is your best bet. However, if you do not like the daily upkeep, then you might prefer a different method to optimal armpit maintenance.
There are alternatives to shaving your armpits that take less time or last for a longer period. Consider these options:
If you do not like the feeling of a bald armpit, try trimming your underarm hair instead. You can do it with an electric clipper or a pair of grooming scissors. All you need to do is trim the hair down to a minimal length to your preference. Having shorter hair in your armpits will make it easier for the antiperspirant to make contact with your skin.
If you do not like the feeling of a bald armpit, try trimming your underarm hair instead.
If you shave regularly, you will find that your armpits may become discolored. An alternative to this approach is to reduce the frequency of your shaving and, instead, exfoliate your armpits from time to time. This can be done with an exfoliation cleanser and/or a soft brush.
Contrary to what you may have been taught, the best time to put on antiperspirant is in the evening after a shower or bath, not in the morning. Antiperspirant requires time to work into the skin to be the most effective. Applying antiperspirant at night gives it enough time to set and take hold before you start sweating.
To recap, we’ve answered the question, “Does shaving your armpits reduce sweat?” We’ve also offered suggestions to ensure a clean shave and alternatives to shaving armpits for those who aren’t ready to take the bare-armpit plunge.
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