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Is it normal for men to shave armpits?

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Is it normal for men to shave armpits?

Is it normal for men to shave armpits?

Is there any risk?
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I simply use my clipper with the lowest guard.That area is quite sensitive and using clipper blades direct or shaving blades can result in cuts. It's a highly anaerobic area of the body that traps bacteria and sweat etc.
so cuts can become infected.
Women are accustomed shaving regularly and so the skin toughens over time and becomes less sensitive.
Keeping the hairs low help with better spread of deodorant especially salt crystals.
I find deodorants lasts longer as well with less hair in that area.
This goes for pretty much all parts of the body especially in summer.
Less hair,less smell and showers and deodorants lasts longer.
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picard12 wrote:
Jun 18th, 2017 7:53 am
Is it normal for men to shave armpits?

Is there any risk?
Yes, it's actually better as previous font said. Arm pit hairs trap and hold bacteria, moisture which can lead to fungal rashes. Esp. worse in summer months with heat and high humidity. So yes, it is always advantageous to shaving armpit hairs. You put Bond powder after shaving or anytime it's a hot or humid day. Best for keeping that area dry and prevents chafing burns (skin on skin friction) which is also worse in the summer. Hell, I use gillette throw-a-way shavers for that area. As long as you press gently and not hard you shouldnt have any problems with nicks, burns or cuts. The hairs in that area comes off quite easily I find, easier than say hairs on your chin like a beard, etc. which are more coarse and tough.
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unless you've had issue like bacterial infections as aznnorth said, i would leave the hairs alone. i never had any issues with mine so i don't see the point of removing them.
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I wasn't aware of guys shaving their armpits as I thought our social norms dictate that it's just women who do this. Same thing with leg hair. So, for guys to shave their leg hair and arm pits, there should be a good reason for it (eg. competitive cyclist, swimmer)
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Pretty common in pro sports. Swimmers shave off their armpit hairs to reduce friction. Every little bit counts a la Michael Phelps.

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Phelps should have shaved his eyebrows, too!
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Not an issue. I trim it off since I like the look. It's the same with my pubic hair.
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A lot of guys have beards these days. It would be weird to have a beard, no chest hair, no armpit hair, etc. Sure, trim the beard, trim the armpit hair. Keep things consistent and not off-balance. Like, it'd be weird to have no armpit hair yet have hair on the arms.
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Becks wrote:
Jun 23rd, 2017 2:50 pm
A lot of guys have beards these days. It would be weird to have a beard, no chest hair, no armpit hair, etc. Sure, trim the beard, trim the armpit hair. Keep things consistent and not off-balance. Like, it'd be weird to have no armpit hair yet have hair on the arms.
Did the whole shaving my body once. It felt nice but it's more of a hassle. Keep it trimmed is better than letting it overgrow.
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Dumbbelldore wrote:
Jun 24th, 2017 12:35 am
Did the whole shaving my body once. It felt nice but it's more of a hassle....
Was there a reason for doing it other than reliving the glory days of being in a tweener's body, or avoid leaving any hairs at a crime scene?
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I shave once a 3 months kind of.
My gilete mech3 turbo cartridge's last job is this and then i discard the cartridge
For a few days the hair are sharp so i use baby powder.
Its good idea to shave armpits once a while.
I leave the pubic hair alone though...i dont sweat there .
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Becks wrote:
Jun 24th, 2017 1:37 pm
Was there a reason for doing it other than reliving the glory days of being in a tweener's body, or avoid leaving any hairs at a crime scene?
No big reason. I wanted to experience what it felt being silky smooth. Plus it was a hot day so I decided might as well.
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Becks wrote:
Jun 19th, 2017 3:08 pm
I wasn't aware of guys shaving their armpits as I thought our social norms dictate that it's just women who do this. Same thing with leg hair. So, for guys to shave their leg hair and arm pits, there should be a good reason for it (eg. competitive cyclist, swimmer)
Screw those social norms. They're the same type of social norms that assume that women shouldn't bare their cellulite at the beach or that women need to shave their underarms. Why would someone still support such antiquated thinking?
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Been doing it for ages. I do it because I H-A-T-E hate hate hate hate being hot and sweaty. I could care less about social norms or what anyone else thinks though.
Like a blind man at an orgy, I was going to have to feel my way through.

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