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What is the correct way to shave the underarms?

Q: My daughter is 11 years old and shaves her armpits. Her armpits have become extremely itchy and appear to be swollen a bit. She says the fabric seams on her shirt rubs against her armpits causing irritation. What kind of treatment is there for this? It doesn't appear to be an infection and is more like an irritation.

A:Yes, it does sound like an inflammation. Shaving is one of the most efficient ways to remove hair from the underarms. Whether you use an electric shaver, or a razor, it should be done a few times a week, to keep the stubble from returning. Here are some useful steps: -Take a shower or bath to soften the hair and skin. -Use a moisturising shaving gel or lotion or foam. -Raise one arm overhead; apply shaving medium. -Keep the arm raised high, so that the skin is taut. Since underarm hair grows in many directions, its best to shave up, down and side to side all the while looking at what you are doing in the mirror. -Shave only where there is really visible underarm hair. You don't want to shave further down and get that hair prickly, too. You will just have to keep shaving that area also the next time, which is a pain. Don't shave more hair than necessary. -If you shave in every direction your armpits will be smoother. -Rinse razor after each stroke, to remove foam and cut hair strands. -Rinse underarm to remove all foam. -Repeat with other armpit. Also, - Wait half an hour before using deodorant after shaving your underarms. The chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants can sting the skin, especially in a sensitive area as the underarm. -Though it sometimes means daily maintenance, shaving is the easiest way to remove underarm hair. -Use an electric razor in place of a regular soap and water razor for daily or quick touch ups especially if you are going to wear a sleeveless dress. This will make sure that your underarm skin is clean and smooth and void of any unsightly hairs. -Underarm hair grows in different directions and in hard to reach areas so it is helpful to pull the skin slightly to make it taut to eliminate natural underarm creases and folds.

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