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A Compelling Reason Why Men Should Shave Their Armpits

Would you give up your underarm hair to be odor free?
by Mary Rose A. Hogaza | Mar 29, 2016
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Fine, you want to keep all that hair under your arms because it makes you look more masculine. But a recent research suggests that by removing them, you could prevent developing underarm odor.

The study, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, found that removal of underarm hair by shaving or waxing significantly improves the effectiveness of a standard soap in reducing odor from the area.

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The researchers concluded just that after monitoring 30 male participants—aged 18 to 48—who didn't use deodorants, anti-perspirants, and perfumed products for two weeks. The group was split into four categories: clipped with scissors, wet shaved with a razor, waxed, and untouched.

Evaluating their odor was then performed multiple times: immediately after being washed, 12 hours after washing, and 24 hours after washing.

The result: Odor-wise, trimming with scissors offered no significant improvement over keeping all that hair. On the other hand, the researchers noted that the underarms that were shaved or waxed exhibited a reduction in armpit odor.

They noted: "This benefit was not seen when hairs were clipped to skin level with scissors. For blade shaving, this odor reduction benefit was observed up to 24 hours after the soap wash. Moreover, shaving with a razor blade was found to improve the immediate odor reducing effectiveness of soap washing for at least 48 hours after hair removal when compared with soap washing alone."

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So, would you now consider shaving your armpit hair?


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