Deodorants often come with a label that says "do not use on broken skin." After all, deodorants contain chemicals and ingredients that affect the pores of the skin. Sometimes, these can cause dryness and breaking of the skin. Regardless of whether you use a deodorant stick, cream, roll on or spray, you will sometimes need to learn how to take care of rashes caused by your deodorant.
Stop using deodorant. Follow the instructions on the label. Don't use the deodorant on broken skin. The important thing to do here is to isolate the source of the broken skin. Wait it out for a couple of days. If the rash gets better, then it could have been a result of the deodorant.
Use vitamin C tablets. Crush vitamin C tablets and make a paste using a tablespoonful of water. Apply this paste over the skin on the affected armpit. Vitamin C has antioxidants, and will help promote healing and growth of new skin.
Use baking soda. You can also mix baking soda and water to help soothe the discomfort. As an alternative, you can use baking soda in its powder form. Apply it as if it were baby powder.
Use natural remedies. You can also apply other plant based remedies. Examples include Aloe Vera, which is beneficial to hair and skin. You can also use cod liver oil or vitamin E creams.
Use witch hazel. Witch hazel has antibacterial properties and can help prevent infection on the skin. Soak a washcloth in witch hazel. Hold it in your affected armpit as a compress for half an hour.
Air them out. Let your underarms get enough air circulation. In fact, you should make it a habit to dry your underarms after applying deodorant even with rash-free skin. This is especially necessary if your deodorant is a liquid or roll-on type.
Try a different deodorant. Deodorants come with different active ingredients and formulations. Note the ingredients present in the deodorant that caused you rashes. Try a different brand or a different formulation. For example, products labeled as "anti perspirants" differ from those labeled as "deodorants." An anti-perspirant will keep your underarms dry and prevent it from sweating. A deodorant will not necessarily prevent you from sweating, but it will kill germs and bacteria in the underarm such that sweat does not smell bad.
It's usually best to use deodorant that is fragrance-free and alcohol-free. Perfumes and alcohol can be harmful to the skin, especially the thin, sensitive skin under the arms.
If the rashes don't stop, then consult with your dermatologist. You might have a skin allergy, or you might have a certain skin condition that requires medication.
A deodorant is a basic necessity when taking care of one's hygiene. However sometimes it can result in rashes, especially when applied on sensitive skin such as under the arms. If you find yourself itching and getting inflamed from the deodorant, then stop using it right away and try to find out how to soothe your rashes through natural means.