Pain Index for Underarm Hair Removal ….Is it worth it?

Pain Index for Underarm Hair Removal ….Is it worth it?

We all know that keeping our bodies hairless in all the right places isn’t always easy. That’s why laser treatments seem so appealing! The idea of never having to shave my armpits again? YES PLEASE! But do you know the real costs behind opting for laser treatments? Here’s a look…


Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Work For Everyone


Before even considering laser hair removal as an option, you need to understand that it doesn’t work for everyone. This is because laser treatment uses a concentrated, pulsating beam of light that is actually absorbed by melanin in the hair. This energy is then converted to heat, which kills the hair follicles beneath the skin. This process is called selective photothermolysis.  So the higher the melanin, the higher the success rate. 

Hence, the ideal candidate that will see quick and permanent results are those with coarse, dark hair. The thicker and darker your body hair, the better the treatment. 

On the contrary, if you have thin hair, blonde hair, or red hair, you won’t have enough pigment for the treatment to be effective. This means you may not see effective results, OR it may take twice as long as it would someone with darker hair. 




That being said, the color of your skin ALSO matters because the laser beam targets dark pigment, so if the skin around dark hair is pale, the laser will concentrate on the hair follicle solely. This is the same reason many women of color have horror stories of burns and extremely painful laser treatments; the laser is targeting the pigment in their skin and turning it into  heat, ouch! 

So if you’re reading this and thinking “well I have thin hair, or blonde hair”, or if you have darker skin, then laser hair removal may not be the right treatment for you. That being said, almost anything is possible depending on how much you are willing to spend… 


It All Depends On The Size of Your Wallet


To put things into perspective, I thought I would break down the average cost of laser treatment in North America.



The average cost for underarm laser treatment is $100/session. For a person with thick hair, 4 to 6 sessions are the norm. That’s around…$600? 

Now if you have fine hair, it may take up to 12 sessions or more to see effective results. That’s $1200 for a small area like your underarms…and because you have thin or blonde hair, you still may not see more than 70-80% effectiveness. 

So is it worth it? Again…it all depends on the size of your wallet, and how much you are willing to spend. 

However, keep in mind that the above don’t include yearly maintenance costs, which you need in order to never shave or wax again. 


It’s Not Just The Monetary Costs We Have To Look Out For


When it comes to any hair removal method, there are more than just monetary costs involved. But there are pros and cons to almost every decision we make, and at the end of the day there is no right or wrong method. So we decided to lay out the pros and cons of each method for you, so you can make a better and more informed decision!




In the end I think what really matters is your threshold for pain (should you choose laser or waxing) your budget and your time to make a decision on what makes the most sense for you personally as not always is waxing or laser going to solve your problems they could potentially create some new ones when shaving is not really that big of deal once you form the habit.  Ultimately like most things with you body there is NOT  a one size fits all solution.



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When someone says yeast infection, we automatically think of vaginal infections…which is normal. It’s an association that has become ingrained in our minds simply because yeast infections in the nether regions are extremely common. In fact, almost 3 out of 4 women in the united states will experience a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime.

However, what many people are unaware of is that it’s also possible to get a yeast infection in your underarms. And it’s not just for women…men are just as susceptible.



A common misconception is that yeast infections are simply a cause of sexual activity. Though that’s definitely one possible cause, it’s usually not the culprit. The reality is that our body naturally has yeast and fungus that lives on our skin. However, when there is an overgrowth of fungus, it can cause different types of rashes or infections.

For example, think about the acne that you sometimes get on your back. Yes, dirt and oil are definitely one factor behind those nasty zits, but sometimes they are also caused by an overgrowth of fungus that is not supposed to be there. This is EXACTLY what happens in your armpits.



What makes matters worse, however, is that your underarms are extremely dark and moist. According to Manhattan Dermatologist Dr. John F. Romano, inflammation and overgrowth of yeast in moist areas often leads to infections. Hence, an overgrowth of yeast in the area can easily lead to an infection, which causes red, scaly and moist patches on your skin. Because of this, common areas for skin yeast infections are your vaginal area, armpits, and the skin folds under the breast and stomach area.



The biggest problem with armpit yeast infections is that they are almost undetectable. This is because the symptoms for this type of infection are red patches and dryness, which are very similar to those of armpit rashes, product irritation, and even eczema. So how can you tell if you have an armpit infection, or if you simply have a rash? 

Well, the first indicator is itchiness. Does the red patch or rash on your underarm area itch, or is it sore to the touch? If so, that is your first indication of a yeast infection. You should also try to look at the patch of red skin in your armpit; if you have a yeast infection, you will find a red plaque right in the fold as well as little tiny red dots in the surrounding area. Finally, look for white flakes, scaling, and cracks on the skin. 

If you’re still unsure, definitely consult your dermatologist to rule out any type of fungal infection in the area.





Although yeast infections in the underarm area can be quite uncomfortable, treatment is actually quite simple. You can use anti-fungal cream which can typically be bought over-the-counter. However, if it’s not improving with over-the-counter creams, you should probably consultant your dermatologist.

If you have any questions about a yeast infection on your skin, let me know in the comments below and I’d be happy to help!

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Simply because of the anatomy of the underarm area, the slightest armpit pain or sensitivity can cause our minds to wander to the most extreme scenarios. But before you panic, you should know that more often than not the pain you’re feeling in your armpits is benign, and is often an indication of muscle soreness, infection, or … your menstrual cycle. 


As if period pains aren’t enough, now we have to deal with our menstrual cycles causing ARMPIT PAIN?! Unfortunately, yes…

Armpit pain can easily occur before or during a womens’  menstrual cycle. This is because while many women experience breast tenderness just before or during their periods, this pain can actually radiate into the armpit. Why? Again, this ties back to the anatomy of the underarm, and the interconnectivity of the underarm and breast tissues. 


The skin found in your underarm area has several layers, and within these layers are hair follicles, sweat glands, fat, connective tissue, and more. The tissue connecting the underarm and breast is known as the axillary tail, and it can exist all the way up into the armpit area. 

As you begin your menstrual cycle, your breasts and the tissue surrounding the breasts begin to swell. Hence, the axillary tissue also begins to swell, resulting in increased sensitivity and tenderness (just like your breasts). This can also occur during pregnancy, and your skin tissues will undergo the same reaction.





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We are all aware that hormones fluctuate before and during our menstrual cycles, and this too is related to both armpit pain and breast pain. In fact, your hormones are what call the shots when it comes to how painful and sensitive these areas become while on your period. 

Whenever there is any type of hormonal change in a woman’s body, the lymphatic system gets “turned on”. Now I don’t want to get too technical on you, but what happens is when your hormones change, your lymph nodes swell, and when your lymph nodes swell, the swollen area can become even more sensitive. This is often why some women experience extreme sensitivity in their breasts, while others experience mild sensitivity to none at all. 


If your armpit pain is in fact another nasty side effect of your period, the good news is that it is short lived. However, the bad news is that there’s nothing you can really do  to treat it. The only thing you can do is minimize the discomfort, the same way you would with any other type of menstrual pain. For example, try going braless for a few days, or while you sleep, as restricting the area may increase pain in your breasts while on your menstrual cycle, and thus also increase the pain in your armpits. Also, many have found success with different relaxation techniques, such as lightly massaging the area!

That said, if your pain persists, does not only occur during menstruation, or if you have other symptoms, like swelling or the presence of a painful lump, you should see your doctor. If you see a rash or other signs of skin problems under your arm, then see a dermatologist. It might not hurt to see a doctor if the pain is a temporary problem either, as getting a medical diagnosis can also ease some anxiety.


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