What’s Causing Boils or Lumps in My Underarms?
Our underarms are a unique part of our bodies, where sometimes unusual things start to happen.
Our underarms actually tell us so much about what’s going on inside of our bodies. The skin is also unique in that it can be more sensitive, especially to the products we’re using. So, between the foods we’re eating, the medication we're taking, shaving, waxing, and deodorants, it’s no wonder things can get rather uncomfortable under there. Let’s have a look at what could be causing those lumps/boils and some natural remedies to soothe and smooth out that skin.
Are You Mixing Antiperspirants with Deodorants?
Mixing antiperspirants with deodorants could be what’s causing some discomfort in your underarms. Antiperspirants clog your pores while natural deodorants do not. If we use both, or transition to natural deodorants, this push and pull will confuse your pores/glands creating a build up that results in a painful lump(s). What we’d recommend straight away is to throw away that antiperspirant, and let it go once and for all.
Any lumps or bumps in your underarms could also be an ingrown hair. If you over apply your deodorant, or apply right after shaving, this could cause a similar buildup leading to the same painful results. If this sounds like something you may be doing, give your armpits a chance to recover from that shave before applying any products to your underarms. Even 30 minutes can make a big difference.
Natural Relief and Remedies for Underarm Bumps and Lumps
- Warm Compress - For immediate relief use a warm compress and apply it to the painful area for 30 minutes day and night for a week and see how things progress. It should offer immediate relief and slowly reduce inflammation.
- Hot Bath - It sounds like it’s time to soak in a hot bathtub if possible. Soaking in a hot bubble bath will gently open up your pores so whatever is trapped in there has the chance to come out.
- The Do’s and Don’ts - Do not apply oils, moisturizers, deodorants or butters to open skin. Gently massage the affected area after soaking in the bath or using a hot compress to help get things moving. At this stage you’ll really want to limit oils/ lotions in that highly sensitive area.
- Exfoliate- use a detox soap with exfoliating ingredients that are gentle on the skin like oats, honey, baking soda, sugar and activated charcoal. This will help remove the dead skin cells building up on your pores and will prevent more bumps from appearing down the line.
- Consult with someone who knows - In extreme cases you may consult with your primary care physician or a dermatologist especially if allergic reaction is suspected.