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Bare It All with Confidence: How to Shave Your Underarms without Darkening Them

How to Prevent Dark Underarms When Shaving

  • Exfoliate underarms with a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs that can cause hyperpigmentation.
  • Trim long hair first using an electric trimmer to avoid tugging and irritation from the razor.
  • Use a fresh, sharp razor and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse the blade frequently.
  • Apply a fragrance-free shaving gel or oil to protect skin and allow the razor to glide smoothly.
  • Rinse with cool water after shaving and pat dry. Apply an alcohol-free moisturizer to soothe skin.
  • Avoid applying deodorant immediately after shaving to prevent irritation. Allow skin to rest for 30 minutes before applying deodorant.
This table provides a clear overview of the common reasons for darker underarms, along with their descriptions and suggested prevention or treatment methods
Why Do Underarms Turn Darker


As an Aesthetic Director with a deep understanding of skin health, I’ve observed that many individuals seek smooth, hair-free underarms. This preference isn’t just for aesthetic reasons; it also helps in reducing body odours.

Shaving, a common method for underarm hair removal, is accessible and cost-effective. Whether using a traditional razor or an electric shaver, it’s a popular choice. Frequent shaving can cause problems like darkening of the underarm skin and dryness. These are common concerns for my clients.

In the next part of this article, I’ll dive into how to choose the best products and methods for shaving. These tips will help keep your underarms looking smooth and even-toned.

Soak the target area with warm water at least two minutes before shaving. This can be best accomplished by showering before shaving

1. Soften Your Skin with Warm Water Before Shaving 

As an experienced Aesthetic Director, I understand the importance of properly preparing the skin before shaving, especially for those with sensitive skin. shaving experience. I always advise to begin by softening the skin with warm water.

Softening the hair through the opening of pores in warm water is one way to realistically safeguard your skin.

This method can give you a closer and smoother shave, reducing the chances of cuts, irritation, and darkened skin. It is especially vital in areas like the underarms where sensitivity is heightened. Remember, a comfortable shave isn’t the only reason to adopt this technique.

Moreover, using a wet towel to gently exfoliate the skin before shaving can be highly beneficial. It removes dead skin cells, preventing them from clogging the razor. This not only ensures a more efficient shave but also contributes to the overall health of your skin.

2. Exfoliate the Areas Before Shaving 

Based on advice given to our customers, I’ve learned that the health of our skin extends beyond just our face. Our underarms, often overlooked, require similar care. This area of our body is prone to the accumulation of bacteria, sweat, and dirt, leading to blocked hair follicles. These blockages can cause unpleasant odours, irritation, and even infections. The key to maintaining underarm health is through regular exfoliation, a process that effectively removes dead skin cells and impurities.

Exfoliation can be achieved through two primary methods: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation involves using a scrub with small particles that manually remove dead skin cells. This method is straightforward and can be easily incorporated into your daily shower routine. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, uses specific ingredients to dissolve dead skin cells. This can be a gentler option for those with sensitive skin.

Regular exfoliation of the underarms not only maintains cleanliness and health but also enhances the effectiveness of shaving. Smooth, exfoliated skin allows for a closer shave, reducing the frequency of shaving and resulting in longer-lasting smoothness.

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How to Shave Your Underarms Without Darkening Them
Before shaving, you must moisturize your skin.. Shave gels or shaving creams contain moisturizing benefits that quickly get moisture into the hair to soften your skin so that the razor will glide smoothly

3. Apply Shaving Gel Before Shaving

What you do before shaving is also important. You should moisturize your skin before you shave. You can use shave gels or shaving creams that have moisturizing benefits. They help to make your hair softer and wetter so that the razor can slide smoothly. They also help you to get rid of body hairs that are hard to reach. Your underarms skin is very soft and sensitive, so it can get irritated easily.

According to Dr. David Lortscher, a dermatologist at the University of Cincinnati, “Applying shaving gel before shaving is one of the best ways to prevent razor burn and irritation. Shaving gel reduces friction and helps the razor glide smoothly over the skin by creating a barrier between the skin and the razor.

Importance of Proper Shaving Techniques

In my practice, I emphasize the importance of proper shaving techniques. The underarm skin is delicate and prone to irritation. Improper shaving can cause cuts, razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs, which can darken the skin. It’s vital to use a sharp, clean razor, shave in the direction of hair growth, and moisturize the skin afterward. These steps can help minimize irritation and promote healthier skin

  • Use a sharp and clean razor. A dull or dirty razor can cause more friction and damage your skin.
  • Shave in the direction of hair growth. This will reduce the risk of ingrown hair and razor bumps.
  • Don’t press too hard on the razor. This will cause more irritation and inflammation.
  • Rinse your razor after every stroke. This will remove any hair or cream that may clog the blades.
  • Don’t shave too often. This will give your skin time to recover and avoid over-shaving.
Utilize a good-quality shaving cream with a list of moisturizing active ingredients, like shea butter, olive oil, as well as coconut oil

4. Apply Lotion or Moisturiser After Shaving 

As an aesthetic director, I always emphasize the importance of proper skincare routines. One crucial step that often gets overlooked is applying lotion or moisturizer after shaving. Shaving can strip away your skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and irritated. That’s why I recommend massaging a nourishing lotion or moisturizer onto your freshly shaved skin.

This simple step helps replenish the lost moisture and soothes any razor burn or irritation. I’ve seen clients who neglected this step end up with dry, flaky patches or even ingrown hairs. A good moisturizer creates a protective barrier, allowing your skin to heal and preventing further issues. Personally, I love using a lightweight, fragrance-free lotion infused with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile extract. It leaves my skin feeling soft, supple, and refreshed after every shave.

5. Use a Quality Shaver or Razor 

Always remember to use a sharp and clean razor. Remember to check your razor for signs of rust and avoid using the same razor day after day. A sharp razor will remove the hair quickly, and you won’t have to glide again and again. The rubbing action of the razor cuts your skin and when that skin heals, it darkens. It also causes razor bumps and scars.

So, it is better to use branded razors, which have high quality blades. It will be better to choose a multi-blade razor, 3 or more. Take a clean, sharp razor; never use dull blades! If you want a closer shave, then you can shave against the direction of hair growth, but it will cause ingrown hair and razor bumps.

According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, “the best way to choose between a shaver and a razor is to consider your skin type and shaving needs. If you have sensitive skin, a shaver may be a better option for you. If you are looking for a close shave, a razor may be a better choice.”

Dr. Zeichner also recommends investing in a quality shaving tool, regardless of whether you choose a shaver or a razor. “A good quality shaver or razor will last longer and provide a better shave than a cheaper model,” he says.

It is not safe to shave with a rusty razor. Therefore, as a safety measure, discard your shaving blades after three or four uses to prevent ingrown hairs

6. Change Your Shaver or Razor Regularly

It is not safe to shave with a rusty razor. Therefore, as a safety measure, discard your shaving blades after three or four uses to prevent ingrown hairs. You must replace razor blades after using it 3-4 times. Rinse your razor properly after using it. Store your razor properly by keeping it dry. Because moisture will cause rust. This will help to prevent dark underarms.

How to choose the right shaver or razor.

Exploring our clients’ shaving routines has been quite enlightening. Electric shavers stand out, especially for those who often shave or battle with sensitive skin. They’re a game-changer, minimizing irritation and making the daily shave a breeze. It’s clear that electric shavers have a leg up on traditional razors when it comes to keeping skin happy.

For folks who shave less frequently but chase that ultra-close shave, traditional razors are still king. Achieving that flawless finish takes a bit more effort and know-how, especially in using the right shaving aids and technique. And let’s not forget about keeping those blades sharp and clean to avoid any nicks or irritation.

When it comes to choosing a razor, it’s all about personal preference and skin needs. Safety razors, with their single blade, promise durability and less waste, though they come with a learning curve. Cartridge razors are easy to use and find, but they might be tougher on your wallet and skin over time. Disposable razors are all about convenience and saving pennies, but they’re not the best for your skin or the planet.

After you shave, wait a little bit before putting on antiperspirant. Applying deodorant to freshly shaven skin may cause some discomfort.

7. Avoid Applying Deodorant after Shaving 

I can’t stress (further) the importance of treating our skin with care, especially after hair removal. It’s crucial to give your skin a breather after shaving before applying any antiperspirant. This practice helps in minimizing irritation, as freshly shaven skin can be particularly sensitive. The discomfort caused by deodorant use after shaving is often due to ingredients like alcohol and aluminium oxide, which are commonly found in many deodorants sold without a prescription.

Dr. Marisa Garshick, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, is another expert who advises against applying deodorant immediately after shaving. She says, “Shaving can cause microscopic tears in the skin, which can make it more sensitive to the ingredients in deodorant. Applying deodorant too soon after shaving can irritate the skin and cause redness, burning, and itching.”

Here is a table with tips on how to shave your underarms without darkening them:

ExfoliateExfoliate the underarm area before shaving to break up bacteria, dirt, and sweat from clogged hair follicles. You can use a physical or chemical exfoliator, or both, to get the most effective shave.
Use a sharp razorA dull razor can cause irritation and increase the risk of darkening the underarm area. Use a sharp razor with multiple blades to minimize the risk of cuts and ingrown hairs.
Shave in the showerShaving in the shower can help open up the hair follicles and make the hair easier to remove. It can also help reduce the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.
Apply shaving creamApplying shaving cream or gel can help lubricate the skin and reduce the risk of razor burn and irritation. Choose a cream that is formulated for sensitive skin and avoid those that contain alcohol.
Moisturize after shavingAfter shaving, apply a moisturizer to the underarm area to soothe the skin and prevent dryness. Choose a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free to reduce the risk of irritation.
How to shave your underarms without darkening them
Wellaholic conducts straw polls with our customers, in order to learn more about their aesthetic preferences.

Insights from the Treatment Room: Wellaholic’s First-hand Observations

In our personal experience with customers at Wellaholic, we have observed a few interesting points regarding underarm hair removal and skin care:

Many clients come to us seeking solutions for darkened underarm skin caused by improper shaving techniques. Shaving without properly preparing the skin can lead to irritation, ingrown hairs, and discoloration. We emphasize the importance of exfoliating and using warm water to soften the hair before shaving. This simple step can make a significant difference in achieving a smooth, even-toned result.

Another common concern is dryness and irritation after shaving. We advise our clients to apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer immediately after shaving to soothe the skin and prevent further irritation. Moisturizing also helps to keep the underarm area looking bright and healthy.

For those with sensitive skin or a preference for a closer shave, we often recommend using a high-quality razor or electric shaver. Investing in a quality shaving tool can minimize irritation and provide a more comfortable shaving experience. We also stress the importance of changing razors regularly to avoid dullness and potential skin issues.

Lastly, we caution against applying deodorant or antiperspirant immediately after shaving. The freshly shaved skin can be more susceptible to irritation from the ingredients in these products. We advise our clients to wait at least 30 minutes before applying deodorant to allow the skin to recover from the shaving process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What causes underarm darkening and how can I prevent it?

A: As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic with over a decade of experience, I can share that underarm darkening is commonly caused by friction, irritation, or hyperpigmentation. Shaving or waxing can irritate the area, leading to dark spots. Tight clothing creates friction while deodorants with harsh chemicals may cause irritation. Hormonal changes or medical conditions like diabetes can also trigger excess melanin production, resulting in darker underarms. To prevent this, I recommend exfoliating regularly, using gentle hair removal methods, wearing breathable fabrics, and choosing mild deodorant formulas. Maintaining proper hygiene and protecting the area from excessive sweating or sun exposure can also help keep your underarms bright.

: What are the best shaving products and techniques for preventing underarm darkening?

A: Using a moisturizing shaving cream or gel along with a sharp, clean razor can help. Shave in the direction of hair growth and avoid excessive pressure. This reduces the likelihood of irritation and darkening.

Are there natural remedies or treatments for underarm darkening?

A: As an experienced aesthetic director, I recommend several natural remedies for underarm darkening. Lemon juice contains citric acid that can help lighten skin. Potato slices or juice provide natural bleaching effects. A paste of turmeric and yogurt brightens while reducing inflammation. Coconut oil, rich in vitamins and fatty acids, helps moisturize and even out skin tone. Aloe vera gel soothes irritation and fades darkness. These gentle, plant-based remedies can be safely applied to underarms.

How can I lighten my underarms with laser hair removal?

A: Laser hair removal not only removes hair but can also lighten underarms by targeting pigmented areas. The treatment is safe and effective, providing long-lasting results with minimal discomfort.

Does shaving cause underarms to darken, and how can I avoid it?

A: Shaving can cause underarms to darken due to friction and improper technique. To avoid this, use a clean, sharp razor, moisturizing shaving products, and follow a proper post-shave care routine.

What are some myths and facts about underarm darkening?

A: As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic with over a decade of experience, let me clarify some myths and facts about underarm darkening. It’s a myth that waxing or plucking doesn’t cause chicken skin – the trauma leads to inflammation and bumps. Lotions alone can’t whiten dark underarms as there are different causes. Laser hair removal improves rather than causes chicken skin. Lemon or kalamansi may irritate the sensitive underarm area. Factors like pregnancy, genetics, and hormonal issues contribute to underarm darkening.The fact is shaving, scratching, and skin conditions like acanthosis nigricans can darken underarms. Proper hair removal techniques, mild products, and treating underlying causes help manage the issue.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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