How to Get Rid of Shaving Bumps on Legs

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Things You'll Need

  • Electric razor or sharp, manual razor
  • Shaving cream or gel
  • Towel
  • Moisturizing lotion

You can't wait to feel your smooth legs after you've shaved, but it is common to emerge from a shower only to feel bumps on your freshly shaved legs. Bumps on a recently shaved area signal skin irritation from shaving too close to the skin and improper pre- and post-shave skin care. The most effective way to get rid of shaving bumps is to shave correctly and take care of your skin.

Step 1

Allow adequate time between shaving sessions. Let your hair to grow long enough that it won't grow back into the skin, becoming an ingrown hair and ultimately becoming a bump.

Step 2

Use an electric razor if possible. An electric razor does not cut as close to the skin as manual razors, so your skin will not become irritated. If you decide to use a blade, make sure it is sharp. Try different types of razors until you find one that works for you.

Step 3

Lather a moisturizing soap, shaving cream, or shaving gel into your leg before shaving to soften the hair.

Step 4

Shave legs in the opposite direction the hair grows. Do not use a loofah or washcloth on your legs after shaving because shaving already exfoliated the skin.

Step 5

Rinse legs well after shaving and pat dry with a towel. Do not rub legs with the towel; rubbing will irritate your legs.

Step 6

Apply moisturizing lotion to the recently shaved area. Lotion is better than aftershave because aftershave is alcohol-based, and alcohol can irritate the skin. Apply lotion nightly to keep skin moist.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If post-shave bumps appear even after correctly shaving, apply a warm washcloth or towel on the irritated area several times each day. You can use plain water or add white vinegar to make it more effective. Moisturize your legs with a lotion that contains ingredients like oatmeal, salicylic acid, hydrocortisone, witch hazel, or benzoyl peroxide. If bumps persist, see a dermatologist; prescription medication is available.

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