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How to Get Rid of Blemishes on Your Legs

author image Leigh Wittman
Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.
How to Get Rid of Blemishes on Your Legs
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According to the "Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual," blemishes can occur on the legs for a variety of reasons, including ingrown hairs, insect bites, razor burn and a variety of medical conditions. Regardless of why you have blemishes on your legs, you can treat them at home using a few items that you most likely already have in your medicine cabinet. If your blemishes have not been cured after daily treatment for two weeks, consult a dermatologist to discuss other treatment options.

Step 1

Exfoliate daily in the shower with body wash and a loofah. According to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," this gentle exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, encouraging healthy cell turnover, which will speed up the process of the blemish healing.

Step 2

Avoid shaving, waxing or using depilatory cream on your legs until the blemishes have healed. According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," removing hair from the legs can irritate a blemish, slowing the healing process.

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Step 3

Apply antibiotic ointment to any open blemishes. According to "Braun-Falco's Dermatology," ruptured or open blemishes can become infected, which greatly slows the healing process. Applying antibiotic ointment to the blemish will protect it against infection, allowing the blemish to heal quickly.

Step 4

Ensure your legs remain clean and dry throughout the day. According to the "Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual," dirty or wet legs can slow the healing process, resulting in your blemishes lasting longer. Wearing cotton, which is a breathable fabric, can help to keep your legs dry.

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  • "Handbook of Dermatology: A Practical Manual"; Margaret W. Mann, David R. Berk, Daniel L. Popkin, and Susan J. Bayliss; 2009
  • "Braun-Falco's Dermatology"; Walter H.C. Burgdorf, Gerd Plewig, Helmut Heinrich Wolff, and Michael Landthaler; 2008
  • "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice"; Leslie Baumann; 2009
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