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How to Treat Eczema on Underarms Naturally

Are you dealing with itchy armpits? This uncomfortable condition is characterized by redness, itchiness, and inflammation. You may even notice pimple-sized red bumps or white scales. While eczema on underarms is not pleasant, there are fortunately some natural ways to manage and reduce symptoms. Read on to discover our favourite soothing eczema underarm treatments.

Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately. 

What Causes an Eczema Underarms Rash?

Like all types of eczema, the exact cause of the condition is unknown. However, there are some key factors that can trigger eczema on underarms to flare up. One of the most common reasons is chafing. Unfortunately, the underarms are a prime spot to develop an eczema rash because the skin is more likely to rub against itself or against clothing. Many people note that they experience chafing and the subsequent rash after exercising or wearing the wrong clothing. You’re also more likely to experience eczema in the underarms during the summer months when the weather is hotter and you’re more likely to sweat.

In addition, eczema on underarms can be triggered by contact with irritating fabrics. That’s right: it’s possible to be allergic to your clothes. Known as textile dermatitis, your skin can react negatively when it touches certain fabrics and the chemicals involved in the manufacturing process. Common examples of fabrics that are irritating for eczema-prone skin include wool, polyester, nylon, and spandex. As well, shaving the armpit area can lead to increased irritation.

Lastly, an eczema underarms rash can develop in response to allergens and irritants found in beauty products. Unfortunately, many soaps, body washes, and deodorants contain harsh chemicals or toxins that are not good for your skin. We encourage you to always read labels carefully to make sure that what you are allowing your skin to absorb is healthy for both your body and our planet.

Symptoms of Eczema on Underarms

While symptoms of armpit eczema can vary from person to person, here are the most common signs to watch out for:

  • Swelling
  • Red bumps
  • White scales
  • Dryness
  • Itchiness
  • Red rash

Our Favourite Natural Eczema Underarm Treatments

We are firm believers that natural products are best for your sensitive skin. Check out our favorite natural remedies that can help soothe your itchy symptoms and reduce flare ups:

Emily Skin Soothers for Red Eczema Rashes

A nourishing balm perfect for treating eczema in the skinfolds like elbow and knee creases, and of course, armpits. Made with certified-safe herbs, it was designed to calm oozing, inflamed, or angry looking rashes. To reduce sweat rashes and cool heat rashes in the armpits, definitely give this red eczema rash treatment a try.

Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Long Sleeve Shirt - ADULT

A soothing shirt that offers a gentle layer of protection on the arms, chest, stomach, and back. The breathable fabric made with TENCEL and anti-inflammatory zinc ensures comfort all day or all night long. Feel free to wear it underneath regular clothing during the day or alone as pajamas. Thanks to its moisture-wicking properties, there’s no need to worry about chafing or sweaty irritation.

Remedywear™ (TENCEL + Zinc) Long Sleeve Shirt for KIDS 

This soft and breathable shirt was designed to reduce inflammation and boost the healing process. Its form-fitting design truly fits like a second skin so it’s easy to wear underneath regular clothing during the day. With moisture-wicking sweat control, there’s no need to worry about overheating and irritating your eczema. This natural garment can be worn on its own or you can boost the effectiveness by pairing with your favourite cream.






Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.