how to smoothen underarm chicken skin

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Underarm hair ranks up there with one of the most annoying places to be fuzzy. We can agree with you when you say ‘it’s the pits.’ Most armpit hair is on the thicker side. This means that once it breaks the skin’s surface after it has been removed, it’s noticeable and can feel prickly. This makes it one of the places where the hair is removed often.

There are a couple different ways to take care of it right in your own home, and one that is more than just temporary. We help give you some advice for getting the best results and safety tips for each method.01of 04

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How To Smoothen Underarm Chicken Skin

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Laser or IPL Hair Removal

Pulsed light is used to impair the hair follicle. With most systems you need to have light to medium skin tone and hair on the darker side.1 While you can also get laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) done professionally, there are devices you can use at home, like Tria Laser (compare prices on Amazon) shown here.

(See all home Laser and IPL Hair Removal Systems).

For Best Results: Each company will give you specific instructions on how many sessions to use on yourself, including how many weeks to wait between each session. (Example: Use once every four weeks for six months).
Safety Tips: You must fall within a light skin tone range to safely use either of these models at home; darker skin can burn or blister. These are high-tech devices, so read over all instructions and safety tips very carefully.

Why We Love It: It’s FDA approved for permanent hair reduction. With repeated treatments you should see less hair, or hair that comes back finer.2 You might be able to completely stop having to remove hair in your underarms or greatly reduce the number of times each week.

Those that have dark thick hair really appreciate when hair is totally gone from the follicle. They don’t have that ‘shadow’ that’s often left after shaving.02of 04

Depilatories (hair removal creams)

The depilatory basically breaks down the hair above the skin’s surface, so that you can wipe it off. Unfortunately, the hair will still be there, it’s just below the skin’s surface.
For Best Results: After letting the product do its job, wipe off a small area to see if it’s removing hair before taking off the cream from the entire area (without going over suggested maximum time).
Safety Tips: Do a patch test first before using because hair removal creams are a strong product.3 Patch test each and every depilatory product you try, even from the same company. To avoid redness, scabbing and peeling don’t leave it on any longer than suggested in the directions. Immediately take the product off if you feel any burning.

Why We Love It: I’ll be honest, I can’t say that I love depilatories because they can be rather harsh and have a distinct perm scent. But I will give them kudos for being affordable, available at the drugstore, easy to use and not requiring any skill.03of 04


No doubt it’s the easiest and most common way to get rid of armpit hair. Shaving cuts hair off at skin’s level.
For Best Results: Shave after at least five minutes into a shower or bath so the warm water and steam has time to soften skin and hair.

If you don’t have any redness, pimples or inflammation, lightly exfoliate the underarm area right before shaving. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells, which allows for a closer shave and may help prevent ingrown hair.

Use a good quality razor and shaving cream. Make sure to toss or change blades when they start to get dull. Otherwise you’re just asking for nicks, cuts or razor rash.
Safety Tips: Hair can grow in various directions. Make sure to shave in the opposite direction of hair growth to get a closer shave.

Why We Love It: When done correctly, you can get smooth hairless underarms in a couple of minutes.04of 04

Epilators 101

These gadgets do the work for you, removing hair right out of the follicle. Underarms can be hair-free for weeks a time.
For Best Results: Follow all the directions from the manufacturer and use the different features it may have to lessen pain or hair breakage. 

Safety Tips: Clean and maintain your device to avoid pimples and hair breaking above or below the skin’s surface.

Why We Love It: Waxing and sugaring also remove hair from the root, but require more skill to do at home. Epilators do take some time to get used to with feeling and technique, but they are wonderful for speedy hair removal and can make a great investment.

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How to Treat ‘Chicken Skin’ on Your Kilikili, According to a Dermatologist

When exfoliating your underarms, “don’t do it on the same day you shave so as not to irritate it further,” advises dermatologist Anna Palabyab-Rufino.  IMAGE ISTOCK 

‘Chicken skin’ or bumps on the kilikili is a common skin issue among Pinays. This unwanted texture is mainly caused by plucking or waxing, as these quick hair removal methods pull out the armpit hair, causing tiny, rough bumps on the skin. Other times, “some people really have the tendency for their skin to create plugs that prevent hair from reaching the surface of the skin, causing bumps,” Anna Palabyab-Rufino, a dermatologist at BeautiqueMD, explains to Female Network.

The beauty expert adds, “I think a lot of Pinays are very much concerned with the appearance of their underarms because our weather encourages us to wear clothes that often expose them.

“Everyone wants to make sure that their underarms are smooth, light in color, and of course, hair-free. In doing so, some people end up causing more harm than good.”

Nowadays, there are tons of underarm treatments available in the market, especially online, from scrubs to toners and serums. This is why we reached out to dermatologist Anna Palabyab-Rufino to give us the lowdown on the proper ways to treat bumpy armpits. Read on for her expert advice! 

1. Exfoliate regularly. 

“Regular exfoliation can help prevent chicken skin,” says Anna. Unclogging the hair follicles by removing dead skin cells and residues from your deodorant will lessen the inflammation on your underarms. The dermatologist recommends using a “washcloth or a mild scrub to lightly scrub [your armpits] in one direction,” but warns that you should “never scrub too vigorously because it may cause irritation and darkening.”

Exfoliate at least once a week. “Don’t do it on the same day you shave so as not to irritate it further,” adds Anna. “When shaving, use a mild shaving gel to reduce friction.”

2. Switch to gentler soaps to avoid irritations. 

As you would know by now, the skin on your underarms is thin and super sensitive, so washing it with harsh soaps only dries it out, triggering itch and inflammation. Anne suggests “using a mild, fragrance-free, moisturizing soap to wash your underarms.” 

Here are some of the gentlest, most kilikili-friendly soaps in the market you can start with: 


TRY: Human Nature Fragrance-Free Cleansing Bar, P64.75, Robinsons Supermarket


TRY: Sebamed Cleansing Bar, P348, Watsons


TRY: Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Soap Bar, P514, Watsons

3. Toners and serums that contain exfoliants like retinol and glycolic acid can also soften rough patches on the underarms—but use them with caution! 

“Retinol and glycolic acid help peel off the upper layers of the skin [without scrubbing needed], and so they can definitely help prevent chicken skin,” Anna explains. “But always remember that the skin on our underarms is much thinner and more sensitive compared to the skin on our faces. Always use products with caution or ask advice from your dermatologist.”

4. For quick and long-term results, laser treatments are always a wise investment. 

Anna shares: “I would encourage people to invest in diode laser hair removal. After one session, you can expect a significant reduction in hair growth.

“[Exfoliating treatments like] light microdermabrasion and chemical peels can also help [improve the texture of your underarms].” Perhaps, the biggest bonus is how these dermatological treatments effectively lighten the underarms, too. 

Ways you can minimize ‘chicken skin’ when shaving, plucking, and waxing 

For those times when you really can’t avoid the razor or the wax, here’s how you can minimize forming bumps on your pits: 

  • Replace your razor blades from time to time. When you use a dull blade, you’re likely to put more pressure on your pits. Using a fresh, sharp blade will lessen the need for you to go through your underarms multiple times. 
  • For a smoother shave (and softer pits), moisturize your underarms. Some lotions and creams may contain fragrance and synthetic oils that can irritate your sensitive pits. Try applying an all-natural sunflower oil to minimize the risk of reactions. Rich in vitamin E, the plant-based oil is famous for its ability to soothe irritated skin and soften the armpit hair itself! Massage a few drops of the oil on your underarms before going to bed and wash it all off the next morning. 


TRY: Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil, P174.75, available online

  • Get a cold compressIf your kilikili often has tiny, inflamed bumps right after you shave, a cold compress can help soothe the affected area. This will relieve uncomfortable itching as well! 
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes after getting rid of your armpit hair. Tight clothing creates friction, which further irritates your freshly-waxed or -shaven kilikili. 

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