Exfoliate the area before shaving and every day after using a rough washcloth or a loofah. Use a circular motion to remove dead skin cells, which often trap shaven hairs and make them grow back under your skin. Alternatively, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub the areas affected by ingrown hairs.
Apply a topical ointment to your hair bumps. Retinoids help remove dead skin cells. Corticosteroids help control inflammation, and antibiotic ointments help prevent the ingrown hair from becoming infected. Use any over-the-counter product, and contact your doctor for a stronger prescription version, if the ointments don't work.
Use a glycolic acid lotion on your ingrown hair bumps. Apply the lotion to your skin to speed up the healing process and get your legs back to looking fresh and fabulous.
Switch your current hair-removal technique from shaving or waxing to a depilatory cream. Shaving leaves the hair blunt and more prone to growing in, whereas a depilatory cream dissolves the hair and leaves the tip rounded and less likely to become ingrown.
Consider laser hair removal, if ingrown hairs are a recurring problem. This is a more permanent hair-removal solution that damages the hair follicles with lasers, preventing new hairs from growing.