How to Get Rid of Red Leg Bumps

Keep your legs bump-free by frequent exfoliating and moisturizing.

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We already know that being a woman is incredibly fabulous and much preferable than belonging to the un-fairer sex. But womanhood comes with certain primping needs to keep us looking smooth and glowing. Leg shaving might help transform you from Planet of the Apes extra to smooth, silky woman of the world, but it can also leave behind red leg bumps caused by ingrown hairs. But don't throw away your razor and take a celibacy vow just yet --- try some treatments and remedies to banish those red bumps and leave your legs smooth and ready for anything.

1.

Use a moisturizing shaving cream or gel when shaving your legs. Ideally, sit in the bath until your hairs are soft, then apply the shaving cream and let it sit for a few minutes. Shave carefully to avoid painful nicks and scrapes, then rinse off the shaving cream to reveal your luscious, hair-free legs.

2.

Slather your legs with an alcohol-free aftershave lotion immediately after shaving. Don't worry if the only aftershave you can find is the manly kind --- the important thing is that you help restore your skin's moisture and soothe it after unleashing the razor blades on it. If you don't have aftershave or don't want to use it, stick with a super-moisturizing body lotion.

3.

Wash your legs daily using a washcloth to exfoliate away dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs. If the bumps are particularly bad, rub them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Don't be too rough --- remember that you want to end up with glowing, bump-free skin rather than scrubbed-raw, red pins.

4.

Use an ointment containing retinoids, corticosteroids or antibiotics to your red bumps to help remove dead skin cells, control inflammation and prevent infection. Try an over-the-counter ointment first, and contact your doctor about switching to a stronger, prescription-only variety if the problem persists.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Shaving cream

3.Aftershave lotion

5.Washcloth

7.Topical ointment

2.Razor

4.Moisturizing body lotion

6.Soft-bristled toothbrush

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Change your hair-removal method if red leg bumps are a recurring problem. Depilatory creams remove the hair with less risk of ingrown hairs. Electrolysis is a permanent procedure that uses electric currently to damage the hair follicles, preventing future hair growth.

Do not pick at your red leg bumps. Doing so makes them more noticeable, and they could last longer. It also means more pain for you.

 

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