Waxy Buildup on Your Skin From Deodorant?

December 1, 2006

How do you remove the waxy buildup on your skin from stick antiperspirants / deodorants? Need a solvent for the wax and soap doesn't work.

G. Baldauf from San Francisco, CA



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December 1, 20062 found this helpful
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When you shower, use an exfoliant (mild skin scrubber) this not only will remove the wax, but will remove any dead skin cells and your skin will be as soft as a baby's.


* Apricot face scrubbing cleaner by St. Ives. This is my favorite, but when I'm out I use:

* Plain old table SALT or SUGAR mixed with bit of baby oil or cooking oil to a "creamy" consistency You can add a bit of shampoo to it, but the shampoo has water in it and this will "melt" the salt or sugar so use it right away after adding the shampoo. DO NOT add water!

You can use this to scrub your armpits, then use it all over your body as well, follow with your usual soap, and rinse. Your skin will love you for it.


Do this no more than once a week. BE CAREFUL the oil will make your shower a bit slippery, so only use it to scrub your feet when you're sitting down!

If you need to remove the wax without taking a shower, use a paper towel, wash cloth or a cotton make up pad and to this add plain old rubbing alcohol and scrub. And while your at it, get a clean pad and use the alcohol to clean your neck and behind your ears, this works great. I use this on my son who gets the dirtiest neck!

Also if you're ever camping or hiking and get a bit smelly and need a quickie cleaning, use rubbing alcohol or vodka to clean your arm pits. This works great as it kills the germs that cause odor.

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December 2, 20060 found this helpful
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When showering, to remove the waxy build-up of deodorant, I use full-strength Suave '2 in 1' shampoo; used with it is a waffle-patterned cloth that's usually used for washing dishes. The pattern helps exfoliate your skin. If the build up isn't being removed fast enough, just add more shampoo to your cloth. Depending on the amount of build up, you may have to fully cover your underarms with full strength shampoo.


In-between showers, full-strength alcohol is used on a tissue, paper towel or damp dish/wash cloth like mentioned above; the dishcloth removes it faster. The alcohol eradicates odor and can be substituted for deodorant in a 'pinch' ... it will have to be reapplied every few hours, depending on how much you sweat.

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April 20, 20120 found this helpful
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Fast Orange! Yes, the mechanics hand cleaner. I have used this and it works wonderfully. It is also great for removing skunk oil from your dog, should you have that problem.

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By CeCe (Guest Post)
December 1, 20060 found this helpful

Try using rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
December 7, 20061 found this helpful

H-m-mmmm, I've been using a mail-order Hospital
Scrub from Oxford Chemicals, in Atlanta,GA, for YEARS, for that very purpose. I will run out of my last order from 10 years ago (yes, it lasted well, but the company has since changed the formula, I understand) this year, I believe. It was the ONLY soap that I knew of that did the trick for my residual


deodorant. It had to be ordered by the 4 gallons, so my family and I split the order up and used it for most everything as well. Since then, they have changed it to something else, NOT hospital scrub any longer, I hear. Perhaps Phisohex or similar OTHER hospital scrub would do the trick now? Since I worked in hospitals as a young adult I learned it was
some of the best for a number of things. I have VERY sensitive skin, too sensitive to scrub with salt, or apply alcohol to, which I have tried, so I know. Being a female, I shave my underarms and that makes them WAY too sensitive to be harshly treated.
They get rashes and stay sore over just a drop of
simple perfumed product if applied after shaving.
I knew that I would never be able to overcome the
residual from all odor and deodorants. Hope this helps someone? : )

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By CRISTY (Guest Post)
November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Try using summers eve feminine wash with a sponge or washcloth, it removes the residue and leave you feeling soft and clean.

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March 19, 20120 found this helpful

Apply powder to the waxy part. Just pat it, don't scrub but rub it up. It'll stick to the wax and help the soap get under it. Rinse, Coat on more powder and wash good. Soap and water don't work because anti-perspirant is waterproof by nature.


All these deodorants sound great. Avoid any white stick or roll on for the armpit residue issue. I use a gel stick.

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February 4, 20162 found this helpful

What is wrong with these deodorant producers that we have to go to this length to get their products off our bodies?? No wonder there is so much great cancer with all these chemicals so close and so close to all the lymph nodes nearby.

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September 18, 20161 found this helpful

I read on another website to clean the deodorant residue that's left over after you shower I feel sticky do the following: Deodorant removal instructions for your armpits. You will need the following:


1.Baking soda
1st. Pour one-half cup of baking soda into a bowl.

2nd. Add warm water to the baking soda, a spoonful at a time, mixing until you have a thick paste.

3rd.Slather the baking soda paste onto your armpits with your hands. Use a soft washcloth to gently rub the paste into your skin to work off the deodorant residue.

4th. Rinse the baking soda paste off of your armpits in a shower, or by saturating a clean cloth with warm water and rubbing it against your skin. Continue rinsing off the washcloth, wringing it out and applying it to your armpits until the paste is gone. FYI do not scrub hard it will exfoliate and make your armpits tender! I've learned the hard way follow the instructions exactly to the word and it does work!

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

I always struggled with this, but i stumbled across a solution that does NOT irritate your skin or involve any type of exfoliating. Makeup remover wipe/towelettes. I rub my armpits down with it then i shower as usual. Absolutely no residue is left, and im able to shave my under arms with no built up gunk left on the razor.

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January 30, 20171 found this helpful

Baking soda and warm water. Make a paste and massage into skin. Rinse and repeat.

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January 31, 20171 found this helpful

Ok....i found what works for me. Before you shower rub petroleum jelly anywhere around where you apply the deodorant. Then go shower being sure to scrub all the petroleum jelly off. It removes the waxy buildup and leaves me smelling fresh like the soap I used.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

I find that using diluted vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) helps wash away deodorant buildup while I shower (and product buildup from my hair too).

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January 29, 20180 found this helpful

Try using makeup remover. I used NARS on a cotton ball and it worked well (but a bit pricey to use for this). I also used a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cottonball , that also helped remove the buildup.

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March 10, 20180 found this helpful

I use a clarifying shampoo with a little baking soda.

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

Worked perfect

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June 25, 20180 found this helpful

I agree with you I can't stand that every deodorant now days has to be good for 48 hours uhhhh it irritates me that it's so hard to get off!!! I mean most people take showers bath every day so don't need it to last 48 hrs!!!

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August 8, 20180 found this helpful

Pumice stone with soap does wonders for me!

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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

How can a heavy oil that is clogging remove residue. They say petroleum is unhealthy for us in general..but definitely not to clean a face or underarm. use in moderation...Unless your skin was already extremely dry or extremely waxed.

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May 11, 20190 found this helpful

I do that first but very little comes off. Then I use Gojo and still, very little comes off. Then, I use baking soda and finish with a strong deep cleanse shampoo and if I am lucky, I only have to wash it 3 or 4 more times!!! Totally ridiculous. I asked one of the makers of the deodorant how to remove it and they said baby oil or cream. I tried the cream and then, couldn't get THAT off!!!!!

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August 8, 20190 found this helpful

Dishsoap, in particular Dawn, removes all sorts of residues for all sorts of things. Facial products like toners, scrubs, liquid makeup removers, cleansing oils should help too. Clarifying shampoos and anti-dandruff products may do the trick as well.

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