Underarm pores are really more vulnerable than many of us realize. Dead skin and oil make clogging a harsh reality, and it can lead to odor and breakouts. Underarm hair is attached to follicles which are in return attached to sebaceous glands. These glands are known to release an oily secretion called sebum. So, there is a lot going on under there!
Clogged pores may not present any signs or symptoms at all until they get “plugged” after all of the dead cells and sebum combines and enlarges the pore. Now, you can wash consistently and be patient and the “plug” will eventually begin to unclog.
Your pores are small openings in the skin. Sometimes these openings clog. These enlarged areas can be painful, sore and become noticeably larger. There are a few techniques you can use at home to help.
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First you will want to run yourself a warm bath that is full enough to reach the under arm area. Wash under your arms gently using warm water and soap. Lay back and immerge completely in the water to the neck and soak for 30 minutes or longer.
After soaking for at least 30 minutes in a very warm bath you will want to go ahead and apply an oil compress. What you need here is tea tree oil and a warm, moist washcloth. Lie in a comfortable place and apply the rag to the plugged area. Lying in a place where you can extend your arm will provide you with the best results. This should be done for 15 to 20 minutes.
Now, gently squeeze the plugged area. Don’t use your nails, but use the finger pads instead. Do this while the area is hot. Never use excessive force. After you have applied reasonable pressure a couple of times if you have not unclogged the pore then reapply warm tea tree the compress. Repeat the cycle.
After successfully unclogging the pore or the decision has been made to try again later dry under the arm well. Be gentle and pat the area dry. Try to avoid rubbing or anything that could farther irritate the area.
You should reduce or eliminate deodorant and antiperspirants if the pore is in an area that will come into contact with it. Do not shave the area either. You can continue normal routines once healed.
Warning: If you find a lump that has not vanished in a few days go ahead and call your health care provider. This could be a sign of a very serious illness.
The area under your arm needs to breathe. When you wear tight cloths, work out or are active then clogged pores are bound to happen. Bathing regularly and allowing the skin to breath is important to prevent these plugs from happening. You have to pay attention to the pores under your arms just like you do that pores on your face.
Did you know that overusing deodorants can lead to problems too? Sure it can. It is much of the same concept as piling foundations and powders on your face. The skin cannot breathe and toxins, dirt, oil, make up and dead skin cells just to name some all come together to form plugs. If you are not going out then don’t wear deodorant at all. Let your arms be free from anything whenever you can. It is good for them! On a final note, drink a lot of purified water. That will help eliminate toxins in the body as well as a number of other things.