Admit it: you haven’t been giving your underarms the care it deserves. And now that your pits feel rougher than what you’re used to, the need for a quick-fix that’ll soften them ASAP is stronger then ever. But there’s more to armpit care than going after band-aid solutions time and time again. Instead, you might want to look into treating your underarms the same way you treat your face: with extra TLC.

That’s not to say a whole multi-step routine is in order. (Or at least, not yet!) Before we dive into that, let’s go through the best skincare formulas you can use to smoothen bumpy pits. From different kinds of exfoliants, actives, and moisturizers, everything you need could already be part of your daily regime.

Our only rule? Patch test first. Always keep that in mind and you’re good to go! So without further ado, here they are: 5 staples that’ll help you get your pits back to the way they once were—smooth and bump-free. See ‘em all below!

1. GLYCOLIC ACID

Up against rough, uneven skin? Try looking into different exfoliants. For one, glycolic acid is a popular type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that effectively dissolves dead cell buildup on the skin’s surface. By breaking down sebum and dirt that binds these cells together, this allows brighter and smoother skin to come through with regular use. Apply 2-3 times a week!

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2. RETINOL

If you’ve been noticing fine lines and folds on your underarms, give your pits a taste of Retinol. The powerful anti-aging favorite can boost collagen production, speed cell turnover, and exfoliate skin, effectively targeting bumpy skin texture. Simply applying once a week should be fine, but you can gradually apply more depending on how much your skin can tolerate. Since the underarm skin is quite delicate, just make sure the formula’s mild enough to work its magic without irritating your skin.

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3. EXFOLIATING SCRUBS

The most basic form of exfoliating, scrubs work to slough away dead skin cells and work out ingrown hair using a gritty formula. Whether that’s sugar, salt, finely-milled walnuts, or dissolving beads, the key is to find one that’s not too abrasive so it doesn’t damage healthy skin. Bonus points if you can find one that’s infused with nourishing fruit extracts! Most of them should help renew your underarm complexion as long as you use it up to three times a week.

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4. VITAMIN E-RICH OILS

When your bumps are caused by irritation, go for Vitamin E-Rich essential oils. These concentrated plant extracts are packed with antioxidants, perfect for fighting inflammation! And if you dilute them with a carrier oil like coconut oil, the two work together to make an ultra moisturizing combo that promotes healthy skin and reduces uneven skin texture. Glide this on 2-3 times a week and your skin should feel youthfully soft in no time.

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5. SOOTHING MOISTURIZERS

Of course, we can’t talk about smooth skin without moisturizers! Though mind you, we’re not just referring to any hydrating formula. No, for your bumpy pits, you’re going to want one that’s doubly hard working. Whether that means giving your pits extra nourishing, anti-inflammatory care or one that inhibits bacteria growth, we’re hopeful that formulas like these will get your rough skin to soften stat.

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