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Topic: Armpit Hair Removal Methods?

Forum: Life After Breast Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: May 25, 2020 02:14PM

mitziandbubba wrote:

I didn't know where to post this. I'm afraid to shave b/c LE risk and I haven't shaved my pits in a year. I really tried to embrace hairy pits but I just can't do it - and I can tell my husband isn't feeling it. I have decided that I need to do something. How do people remove hair? I thought about a gentle removal cream vs shaving?

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 25, 2020 02:18PM edj3 wrote:

I use an electric razor.

Tried the tamoxifen, no thanks. Dx 4/9/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Dx 5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes Surgery 5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 6/3/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 25, 2020 02:51PM Beesie wrote:

Electric razor here too.

“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke
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May 25, 2020 02:53PM MountainMia wrote:

Sorry that I can't help. I find the question interesting because I don't have any armpit hair anymore! After chemo, I did have some grow back under my right arm (radiation on the left, and none grew back there.) But after I shaved it a couple of times, it never came back. Same on my legs. No (well, almost no) leg hair! It is weird. It's totally okay, but weird anyway.

Good luck!

The rain comes and the rain goes, but the mountain remains. I am the mountain.
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May 25, 2020 02:57PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Non electric razor for the few hairs left.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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May 25, 2020 03:08PM IamNancy wrote:

I hardly have any hair on the side of treatment.... however, what little is there, I just shave with a razor with the cream on it (Intuition Razor)

oncotype 25 Dx 11/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/10/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Surgery 2/4/2013 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/12/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 5/13/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 7/7/2013 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 25, 2020 03:42PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Well you have my admiration for going a full year! I initially used an electric shaver but did eventually move to a blade. I have never had rads (to the chest) or chemo but have found that as I got older both the hair on my legs and arm pits have greatly diminished

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 25, 2020 03:57PM mitziandbubba wrote:

Thanks everyone! I did buy and electric razor but I've been nervous to use it. How do you guys maintain/keep it clean?

exbrnxgrl - I'm a bit of a hippie and I kept thinking well, why not? But I just can't with the hair. I think my hippie side stops at the Birkenstocks. My hair has diminished too as I've gotten older but I am one HAIRY woman still. Everywhere except my head where the hair is very thin and fine.

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 25, 2020 03:58PM mitziandbubba wrote:

Also, I feel like there should be a beauty/self care section of these boards! To share tips like this.

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 25, 2020 05:49PM exbrnxgrl wrote:

Mitzi, my razor is a wet/dry model. I can use it in the shower or just with shave cream. It’s very easy to pop the head off and clean. The brand is Panasonic.

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Dx 11/2011, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/21/2011 Bone Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2014 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane)
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May 25, 2020 06:45PM buttonsmachine wrote:

I use an electric razor also. It does leave a few stray hairs behind, but it's better than nothing.

Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences in skin one year later due to needle seeding at initial biopsy. Now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 25, 2020 08:06PM LiveLoveLaugh2020 wrote:

Same here, electric razor. Works well!

DCIS Dx @ 34 - Bil NSM 09/2019 - Bil implant exchange with FG 01/2020.
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May 25, 2020 08:41PM mitziandbubba wrote:

Thanks everyone! They told me after rads I might not have any pit hair on that side but it came back just like it was before!

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 25, 2020 10:01PM AliceBastable wrote:

Electric here, too. I was told before rads to not shave with a razor, but electric was okay, so I got one then, and have kept using it. It's so easy. And cleaning is simple, pop the head off and give it a blow, plus use the little brushes that come with it.

And this may be TMI, but I've gone for months without shaving (NO sleeveless!) because I'm extremely nearsighted so shaving pits is out of my range of glasses vision. My hair is really light, so I can't see it in a mirror and I'm too uncoordinated to try working in a reflection. Before finally shaving, I'd trim it up a bit with scissors so the shaver or razor wouldn't get jammed up.

I'm so glad I don't use my real name or picture here!

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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May 26, 2020 04:49AM gb2115 wrote:

I'm afraid to shave too. I hate the way it looks but oh well.

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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May 26, 2020 05:13AM Janett2014 wrote:

I use VEET sensitive skin with aloe hair removal cream.

Diagnosed age 60 with IDC in 2014. Stage 1A, Grade 2, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Cancer on both sides, bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction with silicone implants, Oncotype 16, Arimidex (Anastrozole) 5 years. There are more details in my biography.
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May 26, 2020 05:20AM Simplicity wrote:

Morning and hello everyone. This topic caught my eye cause I cannot shave anymore! Super itchy even if I use one of those personal trimmers instead of actually shaving.


On another note, I was searching for a 'Work' forum? Looking to discuss BC discriminatory issues in the workplace? Any help or direction is greatly appreciated

Dx 3/31/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 4/21/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/4/2015 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 10/13/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 12/28/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 5/20/2016 Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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May 26, 2020 05:30AM - edited May 26, 2020 06:37AM by SpecialK

simplicity - here is a link to an employment thread.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/113/topics/866762?page=3#post_5520188

I was reluctant to shave initially, but resumed with a regular razor and Skintimate shave cream. I don't have to shave my underarms as often, but I had leg hair even during chemo.

BMX w/ TE 11/1/10, ALND 12/6/10. 15 additional surgeries. TCHx6 2/17-6/2/11. Herceptin until 1/19/12. Femara 8/1/11, Arimidex 6/20/12, back to Femara 6/18/13-present. Dx 9/27/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3 Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
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May 26, 2020 03:35PM RebzAmy wrote:

I had laser hair removal done under my arms years ago, and it's the best thing ever! I wasn't overly hairy there anyway, but I don't have to worry about hair there anymore.

Diagnosed June 2007, IDC, Grade 3, 4-5cm lump, several lymph nodes involved, HER2+++, 4 months of high strength chemo, mastectomy and lymph node removal, radiotherapy & a year of herceptin and recently had preventative surgery to other breast.
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May 26, 2020 05:46PM mitziandbubba wrote:

Simplicity, check out the Cancer and Careers website. You might find some help there.

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 26, 2020 07:51PM cyathea wrote:

Wait...I’m not supposed to use a regular razor because of LE risk?!? No one told me that. I don’t have much hair after chemo and my underarms are almost completely numb so I’ve been very gently using a razor, just guessing that I’m swiping in the right area since it’s hard to see and shave like I used to before the BMX. I have a Panasonic electric razor but I really dislike the way it feels and it doesn’t do a particularly good job either. Now I guess I should reconsider. Thanks for posting everyone

Dx 6/17/2019, DCIS/ILC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 8/1/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/1/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/8/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/10/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 3/17/2020 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/15/2020 Other Radiation Therapy 5/31/2020 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)
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May 29, 2020 07:09PM mitziandbubba wrote:

cyathea, they suggest an electric razor b/c I guess it's harder to cut yourself and cuts could mean infection. That said, I have never cut my armpit in all my bajillion years shaving. I tend to be overly cautious about things.

Surgery 5/9/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/28/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 29, 2020 08:27PM LaVue wrote:

Excuse my ignorance. What is LE risk?

Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/10/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/7/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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May 30, 2020 12:25AM buttonsmachine wrote:

LE risk means lymphedema risk :-)

Diagnosed at 32. Local recurrences in skin one year later due to needle seeding at initial biopsy. Now dealing with MBC. Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 30, 2020 04:46AM gb2115 wrote:

I actually have cut myself in my armpit, pre cancer. I'm accident prone though, for real.

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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May 30, 2020 05:34AM LaVue wrote:

Thank you.

Dx 2/3/2020, DCIS, Left, 3cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes Surgery 6/10/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Dx 6/22/2020, LCIS, Right, 0/4 nodes Surgery 10/7/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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