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How to Stop Hair From Growing at the Armpit

author image Jeff Herman
Jeff Herman began his journalism career in 2000. An experienced, award-winning sportswriter, his work has appeared in "The Washington Post," "ESPN the Magazine" and the "Boston Herald," among other publications. Herman has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from West Virginia University.
How to Stop Hair From Growing at the Armpit
Modern fashions often promote hair free armpits.

It's the norm in American society that women are expected to have hair-free armpits, and there are also now many man who prefer to keep the area hairless as well. But stopping hair from growing in selected regions of the anatomy is easier said than done, as there are no treatments guaranteed for permanent hair removal. There are, however, a few ways to rid your armpits of hair--even if not permanently.

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Step 1

Easy, but not permanent.
Easy, but not permanent.

Shave regularly after showering, so that the skin and hair follicles have softened, thus allowing for a closer cut and less frequent shaving.

Step 2

Talk to an electrologist and explore the possibility of getting electrolysis done on your armpits. Here's how it works: he'll insert a tiny needle into the hair follicles under your arm individually and using either chemicals or heat, blast the cells that cause hair to grow. There may be some pain involved, but it is the oldest medical hair removal procedure and the only one sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Step 3

Laser hair away via a professional hair removal facility. A high-powered laser is used to kill selected follicles--in this case, under your arms. This may require multiple treatments and works best on fairer skinned people with dark hair. There are also home laser hair removal products available for purchase..

Step 4

Try IPL, or intense pulsed light treatments, which involved a high-powered light being used to disintegrate hair shafts. Also used to treat skin discoloration, it often requires multiple treatments and can cost $500 or more.

Step 5

Buy some depilatory cream. Such creams can be found at your local grocery or drug store, and there are many to choose from. They use chemicals to break down the disulfide bonds in keratin and loosens the hair to the point where you can wipe it right off. Such creams are far from a permanent removal option. But they're quick and easy to use, so if you're unable to kill the hair growth permanently, at lease you won't be spending much time on regular treatments.

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