Thread: Underarm Hair
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:27 PM
Kimstu Kimstu is offline
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Originally Posted by jbaker View Post
Is there a similar rationale under which women ideally should retain their underarm hair?
Well, shaving it can damage the underarm skin.
The results clearly demonstrate that shaving the underarm consistently removes skin (stratum corneum) as well as axillary hair (with a mean value of 36.1% of the debris being skin). OCT measurements demonstrated that in shaved areas of the axilla, epidermal thickness is higher than in unshaved areas. In response to histamine, wheal and flare were both found to be greater in the shaved axilla, when compared with an unshaved control, but flare in the fossa was greater than that in the vault. On the basis of these results, we propose that the axillary vault has adapted to frequent shaving, notably by the development of a thickened epidermis. However, this adaptation is often not sufficient to fully protect the axilla from damage and irritation resulting from hair removal (shaving).
Everything you never wanted to know about underarm rashes, including ones caused by shaving. Warning: photos.
Armpit hair shaving using a razor, especially an old or dull razor can irritate, break, cause razor burn, raised red bumps, ingrown hair or even cause infections to the delicate and sensitive armpit skin leading to an armpit shaving rash.
And of course, it's just one more unnecessary nuisance task to add to the routine health and hygiene regimen. You probably wouldn't want to have to do it yourself.