Ways to get rid of dry armpits include using moisturizers after a shower and using deodorants that contain moisturizing agents. Armpit dryness can be caused by antiperspirants, bathing, or fabric, or the condition can even be related to genetics. Although having dryer armpits rarely signify serious medical conditions, they can cause discomfort and itching. Scratching the armpits can lead to breaks in the skin, leading to an infection. Treating dry underarms with home remedies is typically effective, however, when they persist, a physician should be consulted.
Since extremes in water temperature can deplete the skin of moisture, using warm water when bathing can help discourage dry armpits. In addition, swimming pool chemicals can also cause dry armpits, as can being exposed to air conditioning and overly heated rooms. To discourage skin from drying out, applying moisturizer immediately after drying off from a shower will help the skin retain moisture.
If dry armpits are accompanied by redness, itching, inflammation, and discomfort, a condition called eczema or psoriasis may be present. To know for sure, a dermatologist should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for eczema includes anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroids. Typically, however, eczema does not only appear under the arms. Eczema and psoriasis more commonly develop on the legs, back, arms, and neck. In addition, the plaques of eczema often take on a silvery appearance and surrounding skin often looks cracked and scaly.
Sometimes, an allergic reaction might be perceived as dryness. Allergic reactions or an armpit rash can cause the skin under the arms to peel, itch, and flake. Although these symptoms can be mistaken for dry skin, they should not be treated as such. An armpit rash is generally treated with topical corticosteroids and sometimes, antihistamines. If the rash becomes severe, the risk of infection rises. If an infection occurs, an antibiotic ointment or an oral antibiotic may be recommended by the physician.
Certain antiperspirants can encourage dry armpits. When this occurs, avoidance of such products may be prudent. Experimenting with different antiperspirants and deodorants, until one is found to be less irritating, can help prevent dry, irritated armpits. If these products cause persistent irritation and dryness, other methods of odor and moisture control can be implemented. These include washing and drying the area thoroughly, followed by an application of cornstarch or baby powder. In addition, a mild moisturizing lotion can be applied to the area to help replace moisture and restore skin suppleness.