How Do I Treat Armpit Peeling?

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Armpit peeling can generally be treated with hydrocortisone cream or a mild moisturizing cream. Sometimes, it is caused by dry skin, rashes, or shaving. Sometimes, allergic reactions to products such as antiperspirants and depilatory preparations can be to blame for armpit peeing. Using a hypoallergenic deodorant or antiperspirant can reduce the likelihood of irritation and subsequent peeling. In addition, using products containing moisturizers can restore moisture and help reduce skin dryness and peeling.

Getting sunburned in the armpits can also cause peeling. Typically, the skin will blister first and then armpit peeling will occur. To avoid sunburn in the armpit area, sunscreen should be used. In addition, to discourage peeling, moisturizer should be applied liberally after taking a shower, while pores are still open. If sunburn causes irritation, shaving the underarms should be avoided until the skin heals. This will discourage peeling and hasten the healing process.

People who suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis are prone to armpit peeling. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes sweat glands work overtime, causing excessive perspiration of the hands, feet, and underarms. When this occurs, a dermatologist can recommend an effective treatment plan to discourage excessive sweating and subsequent armpit peeling. Prescription-strength underarm antiperspirants are very effective in combating excessive sweating. They may also be used on the feet and hands.


Scratching the underarm area can also promote armpit peeling and also cause an infection. The underarms are a breeding ground for bacteria because of the moist environment, and when breaks in the skin occur as a result of scratching or shaving, the risk of infection escalates. Signs of an underarm infection include a bumps under the arm, redness, swelling, and persistent itching. When this occurs, an antibiotic or antifungal medication may be needed to resolve the infection.

Peeling skin under the arms and other parts of the body can be caused by a dermatological condition known as eczema. Treatment for eczema includes corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory medications and medications known as biologics. Taking oatmeal baths can soothe itching and irritation from eczema. An oatmeal bath can be prepared by pouring regular oatmeal into a bathtub of warm water, or a commercial oatmeal bath preparation can be purchased at the drug store. The oatmeal is very soothing and restores moisture to dry and peeling skin.


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Itchy, scaly skin is a sign of psoriasis and it can affect the armpits. My sister has psoriasis and she does experience armpit peeling sometimes. She has several prescription creams that she uses when it happens.

Psoriasis is caused by the immune system so there isn't a cure. Treating the symptoms is the most that can be done. We have noticed though that my sister's psoriasis worsens when she is stressed. So avoiding stress is a good idea.

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@fBoyle-- I think you should see a doctor for a diagnosis. The article went through the possible causes of armpit peeling and the treatment depends on the cause. Hydrocortisone cream may give you relief until you can see a doctor. It's a type of steroid, so it will relieve inflammation and itching but you can't use it indefinitely, so you have to figure out the cause.

Are you using any products on your armpit right now? I recommend stopping all products, including shower gels and lotions. If the peeling goes away after this, you can bet that it's an allergic reaction to a product.

If it doesn't go away, then it might be dermatitis due to dry skin or another skin condition. It could also be a fungal infection. It can be a guessing game to figure out the cause, so it's best to see a doctor and let an expert handle it.

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My armpits have been peeling for the past three days and I'm freaking out. It started suddenly and I have never experienced something like this before. I waited to see if it would go away but it's not. I'm off to the pharmacy for hydrocortisone cream. Will this cream treat the peeling right away?

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