How to Shave Your Armpits without Irritation

Time to learn how to shave armpits. When it’s time to shave your armpits, you prepare for the discomfort and irritation that comes with it. You’ve come to accept that as the price for being alluringly feminine and pleasing to the eye of every beholder. You look good in sleeveless attire and to wear that requires the special grooming that comes with keeping the armpits hair free. So, the eternal question always becomes, “How to shave your armpits without irritation?”

Of course, there are many ways that are promoted as a solution to the problem, but you’ve tried some of them and just weren’t satisfied with the results. The marketing hype for some products never seems to meet your expectations. Well, let’s beat down the myths, take some of the mystery out of solving the problem and look at some practical ways to make the experience enjoyable both in getting it done and then showing off the results. The body beautiful is what we want to display the bare arms and shoulder are a major player in achieving success.

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How to Shave Armpits: Must Know!

The first step in solving underarm irritation from shaving is to understand what causes it and your personal skin conditions that might contribute to making the problem worse. Your skin conditions will also act a guide on what products to consider for use and which ones would be a waste of time. Understanding the problem requires a little bit of research and education. Let’s start there and build a personalized list of what you need before we jump off and start shaving your armpits.

Know Your Skin

1. What do you know about skin? My guess is probably very little. As long as it doesn’t bother you, it’s normal. Well, different parts of the body have different types of skin. I won’t belabor the point here, but this tutorial is something you should watch just to be aware. Some questions to answer:

a. Is your armpit skin unusually moist? That might be due to a condition called hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. The armpit is the home to multiple sweat glands. This good to know for the purpose of choosing products to reduce irritation and rash.

b. Is your skin sensitive? If it is, it’s prone to developing rashes from the traumatic effects of shaving. If you stop to think about it, shaving is not a natural act for the skin. The sharp edge of the razor is a traumatic encounter.

c. Is your skin oily? Oily skin can contribute to the occurrence of blackheads, clogged pores, and ingrown hairs. If these exist in your armpit, shaving will be a challenge.

d. Is your skin dry? The skin is a protective coating which holds about 20% of the body’s moisture. That moisture needs to be present to protect the body properly. Shaving is something the body needs protection from. You may need to moisturize periodically to allow the armpit skin to do its job.

2. What do you know about the chemistry of skin products? Some soaps, deodorant, alcohol, as well as dry air, may all cause irritant contact dermatitis or more likely, allergic contact dermatitis of the armpit. You typically find this out by trial and error, but a dermatologist can certainly help you know for sure if certain skin products leave your skin with a red rash or even small blisters. That isn’t normal.

There are two different methods to accomplish how to shave your armpits without irritation. One is using a manual safety razor, and the other is using an electric razor. Both approaches differ due to the device being used.

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Shaving Your Armpits with a Safety Razor


Preparation is key to avoiding irritation from shaving. Shaving in the shower usually provides the best environment. The hot water opens the pores and softens the hair follicles as well as the hair.

That action will allow you to get a closer shave since the hair follicles will allow the hair to pull up slightly from the motion of the razor over the skin. The warm water will also prevent the formation of goosebumps that will get nicked and bleed from the action of the razor blade.

Massage the skin before shaving to loosen the skin as well. The more supple and soft the skin is the better the shave.


If you have unusually dry skin, moisturize the area before shaving and rub in the moisturizer well with the fingertips. Then, apply a skin lubricant to give the razor a better surface to glide across without snagging the skin.

There are any number of skin care products that will satisfy the need here. Most shaving gels, lotion or foams have a skin lubricant in the mix. If you’ve gone into the shower without the shaving gel, shampoo can act as a substitute.

Don’t be stingy with the lubricant, spread it over the entire area to be shaved. Use a quality shaving brush to apply the gel to gain the advantage of massaging and applying at the same time. Keep an eye on the amount of gel remaining as you shave. Some may get washed off by the shower or water running down the arm. Reapply it as needed.

Making the Skin Taut

Raise your arm over your head until the skin of the armpit is taut and smooth. The skin in the armpit is naturally loose to allow for the arm to be raised and lowered without discomfort.

You have to stretch to the limit to get the tautness needed. This will help address the irritation problem as well as the nicks and cuts issues.

Shave Direction

4Begin shaving by taking note of the direction of hair growth. Hair in the armpit grows in different directions in different areas. If your skin is sensitive and preventing razor burn is desired, always shave in the direction of hair growth, i.e., with the grain.

If the sensitivity of the skin is not an issue, shave both with the grain and against the grain. This will achieve a closer shave. The razor is the workhorse in this endeavor so let it do the work. Do not apply extra pressure thinking you will get a closer shave. You won’t, and the damage you do to the skin will be uncomfortable and take time to heal.

Also, be aware that there is a natural hollow spot in the armpit where the joint of the shoulder and arm come together. Use the safety razor and the dexterity of movement of you shaving hand to guide the razor carefully in that spot. You may need to approach shaving that part of the armpit from several directions.

Maintaining Your Razor

Safety razors can become clogged by the shaving cream, lubricant, shaved hair and body oils during the process of shaving the armpit. Take care to rinse the razor head after each stroke to prevent that from happening.

If it does become clogged, DO NOT try to clear the clog by using your thumb or finger to dislodge the material. You will cut yourself. If you have a butterfly open type of safety razor, opening the top and letting some water run across the blade without touching the blade may help.

If your safety razor is a multiple piece razor, DO NOT try to disassemble it in the shower. Step out, dry off and deal with the clog using the cleaning brush over the sink.

Be Patient

6The other armpit is next and is probably the one that you will be using your non-dominant hand for shaving.

Your dexterity will be reduced so take it slow and easy until you get the feel of how to manipulate the razor with the non-dominant hand. After a few sessions of practice, the experience will set in, and shaving of that armpit will go more smoothly.

Proper Procedure

Using the right procedure to complete the job is critical as well. The irritation should be minimal if you followed these steps and used skin products that prepare your skin properly for shaving.

So, rinse both armpits to remove any remaining shaving gel and loose hair. Then apply an alcohol-free, gentle moisture to the armpits once you’ve dried off. You may want to consider letting the armpit rest without using anything overnight if irritation is not a problem. The time for the skin to heal will be beneficial.

This video provides some practical tips to shaving the armpits with a safety razor.

Shaving Your Armpits with an Electric Razor


Again, preparation is the key to success. The choice of the razor is critical because you want to perform a wet shave using the electric razor. Not all electric razors are capable of performing a wet shave.

Do some research online to find out what the options are on the candidate razors that can be used to do the wet shaving. Look at the ease of use, cost and user review until you find one that fits both your pocketbook and expectations.

It’s still a bit of an experiment until you use it, but the chances are good that your choice will pan out and do a good job.

Rotary or Foil

Electric razors come in two varieties, rotary, and foil. That’s important to know because each type of electric razor shaves using a different method.

The rotary razor works best in cutting in a circular manner. The foil razor is best used in a back and forth movement much like you do with a safety razor.

Take a Shower

Take your shower to loosen the hair follicles and skin as well as remove any body oils and deodorant residue. Then, apply a pre-shave product designed to lubricate the skin in preparation for the razor as well as a light coat of shaving gel.

Use just enough gel to cover the area but still be able to see the hair to be shaved. Practice raising the arm until the skin is taut and adjust the angle of the arm to compensate for any need to expose the natural dip where the arm and shoulder joints meet.

Keep Skin Taut

Keep the skin tight and use the razor in the proper manner. Rotary razors should be held at a right angle to skin and moved in a circular manner.

The foil razor should be held at a right angle and moved back and forth until the entire areas have been shaved. Shave against the grain of the hair and note where the angle of attack has to be altered to keep moving against the grain as the direction of hair growth changes.

Shave with Patience

Patience is a virtue when using an electric razor. Just like the safety razor, don’t apply heavy pressure in thinking that you’ll get a closer shave.

All you’ll get is razor rash. Let the razor do the work and use multiple passes to get the desired result. The skin may be sensitive when you first start using an electric razor but as you do it more and more, the skin will adjust.


The ending process is as important as the preparation. The electric razor requires maintenance and cleaning after every shave.

Follow the product information sheet on how to do it properly. Banging the razor head on the edge of the sink IS NOT proper maintenance. A dull blade is much more dangerous than a sharp one.

Electric razors are designed for men primarily. Some may be too powerful and cause skin damage for women with less dense hair growth.


We have seen the proper way of how to shave your armpits without irritation using either a safety razor or a wet capable electric razor. The keys to success are:

  • Good education and knowledge.
  • Know your body and how to map the different skin conditions you may have.
  • Develop a good preparation routine to get the skin ready.
  • Exercise patience in performing the shave.
  • Be disciplined in your approach and use the devices as they are meant to be used.
  • Develop a good finish procedure that takes care of the equipment as well as your skin.

If you follow these tips, your chances of avoiding irritation of the armpit from shaving are excellent.

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