How To Relieve Crazy Itchy Armpits

How To Relieve Crazy Itchy Armpits

One of the most common things I hear about is itchy armpits. So today I thought I would shed some light on a list of possible reasons. First, you should know that armpits are ideal hosts for bacteria since they are dark and moist environments so infections are likely to occur in the armpit region. 


Possible reasons your underarms itch

  • Not showering after a workout: Sweat deposits residue that can cause rashes if not removed from the skin. I know there are many of us out there who live busy lives and try to fit a workout in during lunch. Since you have to return to the office or run to a next appointment, you don’t have time to do a deep clean. The best thing to do in this situation is to at least wipe your underarms and anywhere that there is sweat to remove wetness that can turn into bacteria-caused irritation.
  • Using a product with high levels of fragrance: This could range from a laundry detergent, or an antiperspirant or deodorant with high levels of fragrance. Lightly scented products should be fine because the levels will be low, but avoiding synthetic fragrance will lessen your chances of irritation.
  • Wearing clothes made with synthetic fibers: A common but unobvious reason is your choice of clothing. Clothes are often made with manmade fibers that do not allow your skin to breathe due to its weave. Irritation occurs as the fibers rub against your skin, which is why it is best to purchase clothes made from natural fibers like bamboo, cotton, silk, or linen or wool.
  • Using products with baking soda: If you have sensitive skin or have suddenly developed an intolerance, it’s time to look at the ingredients label on your product. Although natural, baking soda is very alkaline and gritty, so is hard to tolerate and often causes rashes.
  • Applying deodorant on broken skin: Shaving actually micro cuts your armpits and can be very irritating if you apply product immediately after shaving. If you are sensitive or have darker skin it it best to shave at night so your underarms have time to calm down after. Darker skin tones may also hyperpigment if they get irritated.  


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Rashes and Itching

Sometimes underarm rashes cause the itching. Some reasons include:

  • Heat Rash: This isn’t serious, but they occur during hot and humid weather. They develop when blocked pores trap perspiration under your skin. You often notice them in the form of superficial blisters or deep, red lumps. They often clear on their own, but the best way to relieve symptoms is to cool your skin and prevent sweating.
  • Bacterial Infection: Ensure your underarms are dry after you shower and before applying deodorant since wet skin application encourages bacterial growth. Applying some extra powder (like arrowroot or cornstarch) on top of your deodorant can also help grab moisture from the skin if are a heavy sweater. 

It is important to resist the urge to scratch since it will break the skin and the bacteria will spread.



Solutions that will help relieve itching temporarily

  • Apply an ice compress
  • Apply aloe vera
  • Try applying calamine lotion onto your skin
  • Wear loose clothes that give your armpits breathing space

This is certainly not a complete list, but outlines some of the most common causes of armpit itching that we come across at kaia naturals. Using this list as a process of elimination, you may have a better understanding of what the cause is and what to do about it.

Please note: This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your healthcare provider or seek other professional medical treatment.


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It’s Time For An Armpit Detox. Here’s Why.

It’s Time For An Armpit Detox. Here’s Why.

Everyone has experienced underarm odor at some point in their lives. This occurs when your armpit gets warm and moist, which make them ideal hosts for bacteria. Odor-causing bacteria thrive in moisture, and is worsened by being trapped in hair and unbreathable clothing fibers. 

There are millions of sweat glands throughout your body, which are either the eccrine or apocrine glands. The culprit for body odor are often your apocrine glands, which are found in your armpits and groin. When sweat is emitted from the apocrine glands and come into contact with the bacteria on your skin, you will experience unpleasant smells.


Is My Deodorant The Problem?

You may notice that you are suddenly experiencing odor breakthrough despite using a deodorant or underarm product you have always relied on. Regardless of the product, this could be a sign that there is simply product buildup in your armpits.

For those who have recently switched to natural deodorant and find that they smell, they think to stop using their deodorant after a couple of days because they don’t think it’s working. But that isn’t necessarily true – This may just be your body going through the purging phase where your body is adjusting to a new product and is pulling impurities that may have been trapped. Regardless of your situation, a 30 day armpit detox is the key to tackling the base of your body odor.

Doing an armpit detox simply reduces the capacity of sweat glands and eliminates odor-causing bacteria. It also helps the body get rid of toxins that have built up on the surface of the skin.


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How To Make An Armpit Detox Paste

Follow this armpit detoxing routine for 10 days in the shower and you will see your odor problems subside and your body will adjust to natural deodorant successfully.

  1. Make a paste with apple cider vinegar, sodium chloride (sea salt), and charcoal.
  2. Apply this paste to your armpits in the shower.
  3. Massage this paste into each of your armpits for 30 seconds before rinsing.
  4. Pat your armpits dry. Apply deodorant once your armpits have been fully dry.

If you prefer a ready-to-use format, kaia naturals® has developed a bar that combines all those ingredients for an easy one-step process. Simply lather the underarm bar and scrub for 30 seconds under each armpit to address the bacteria and remove any deodorant buildup.

TIP: The underarm bar is ideal to use to prepare your body for an aluminum detox if you want to transition from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant.


Other Tips and Tricks to Help with Armpit Odor

  • Dry-brush the underarm area once per day in circular strokes to increase circulation, and massage the lymph nodes.

  • Avoid eating processed foods as your diet can have a substantial impact on your purging phase.

  • Don’t be afraid to sweat. It’s healthy. Getting your sweat glands to open up and start sweating increases circulation throughout the skin and blood flow.
  • Drink plenty of water to ensure you are fully hydrated.
  • Re-apply deodorant throughout the day whenever needed.


If you found this article to be helpful, share it with friends and family who might be struggling with the same issue!


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Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants: What is the Difference?

Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants: What is the Difference?

Are you confused about the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant? If you are, you are not alone. 

Since both of these products categories work very differently to address the same exact problem: odor control – in today’s DECODED I thought I would clarify some major differences between the two once and for all. 


How antiperspirants work

Antiperspirants reduce sweat, while deodorants reduce odor. Antiperspirants contain aluminum salts that plug your pores by binding to a protein in the sweat duct. Clinical strength antiperspirants have also been introduced and consumers should really understand the difference:

A regular antiperspirant produces a 20% sweat duct plug formation with aluminum, while clinical strength produces a 30% sweat duct plug formation also with aluminum. This is why it is highly effective at keeping sweat at bay, but the increase in aluminum is very troublesome.


The Science

You wouldn’t knowingly ingest a spoonful of toxic cosmetic ingredients, yet so many people would not think twice with applying them to their skin every single day. In some ways, smearing toxins under your arms in the form of deodorant or antiperspirant may be worse than if you were to eat it. 

“When you eat something, it’s broken down by your liver and digestive system,” says Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at North Carolina State University. “But when you put something on your skin, there are times when it can enter your bloodstream without being metabolized.

Patisaul studies endocrine disruptors — both suspected, as well as known chemicals — that may disrupt your body’s reproductive and developmental hormones. She says rubbing something on your skin doesn’t mean all—or even any—of it will make its way into your bloodstream; it depends on the chemical. Blood tests have the ability to show that many of the substances commonly included in deodorant products can, in fact, worm their way past the epidermis and into the body.

 Keep in mind, the underarm area houses fatty tissue that can be susceptible to storing substances — especially if you shave and apply antiperspirant chemicals on the broken skin. The scientific community still does not support the possibility that antiperspirants are a possible danger to your health (that is why they are still on the shelves). It is up to you as a consumer to make the decision if you think this is a risk to your health.


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How deodorants work

In our discussion of deodorants, we will be referring to deodorants made of natural ingredients  or that qualify as “natural”:

Deodorants are topical products that are designed to work on the surface of the skin to eliminate bacteria that causes odor. They do not prevent you from sweating, but this is also what is part of the healthy appeal for consumers; as deodorant allows your body to function the way it was designed to in order to expel toxins. 

However, this is sometimes problematic for “extra” sweaty individuals, but keep in mind most deodorants are actually formulated with powder to help absorb the sweat and primarily work on eliminating the bacteria that causes odor. 

I always suggest that consumers should look for deodorants that are formulated with low levels of fragrance. If the deodorant scent is strong, you may be asking for trouble in terms of rashes and irritations as this is a common problem with natural deodorants. Plus, your underarms are a delicate area and house fatty tissue. When you shave and apply a product loaded with chemicals on broken skin you may provide a gateway into your bloodstream.


So which product is right for you?

Determining what product is right for you really boils down to your individual needs. Finding which product delivers the performance you are looking for can be a bit of trial and error. But ultimately, it is up to you to do the research and decide on the risk and reward on something you use everyday of the year, sometimes twice a day, and possibly for most of your life.

We would love to hear your thoughts and insights on this issue! Let us know in the comments below.