How to Get Rid of Red Leg Bumps

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Red leg bumps can be embarrassing to deal with. They can also be itchy and painful. These red bumps are usually caused by dry, irritated skin as a result of shaving. Several actions can be taken to prevent and treat this skin condition. If at-home methods fail, you can also visit a dermatologist for prescription medications to resolve them.

How to Get Rid of Red Leg Bumps
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Things You'll Need

  • Shaving cream
  • Alcohol
  • Sharp razor
  • After-shave gel
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream
Step 1

Take a hot shower or bath. The hair follicles on your legs will soak up water and become softer, making it easier to get a smooth shave.

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Step 2

Pat your legs dry after your shower or bath.

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Step 3

Apply shaving cream to the first leg you are going to shave. Allow it to sit for two minutes to further soften the hair.

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Step 4

Pour alcohol over the blades of your razor before and after every use. This kills bacteria that can enter the hair follicles and create infection. When hair follicles become infected, they become red and swollen.

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Step 5

Use a sharp razor. Shave in the direction of hair growth, not against it. Never shave over the same area more than once as this will increase skin irritation to that area, and result in red bumps.

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Step 6

Apply an after-shave gel, such as Bump Patrol, to the leg after you have completed shaving it. Do not rinse the after-shave gel off. By leaving it on the skin, it will moisturize the skin and prevent the development of red bumps on the legs.

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Step 7

Apply a moisturizing lotion, such as Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion, once the after-shave gel has dried. Keeping your legs moisturized is the best way to prevent and eliminate red leg bumps.

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Step 8

Repeat the same steps on the other leg. If any red bumps develop, rub a small amount of hydrocortisone cream into them. This promotes healing.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday to stay hydrated. Hydration is your main defense against red leg bumps.
  • Apply moisturizing lotion to your legs several times a day.
  • Only use products on your legs that guarantee not to clog pores.
  • Only shave every other day to prevent irritation.
  • Never pick or squeeze red bumps on your legs as this will only make them worse and could possibly cause scarring.
  • If red bumps do not go away you may need to see a dermatologist. Dermatologists can prescribe a product containing salicylic acid, which should alleviate the problem.
  • If red bumps become swollen, painful or filled with pus, you need to see your physician as soon as possible. These are all signs of infection and need to be treated with an antibiotic.

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