The production of sebum is meant to lubricate hair and skin, but when the body produces too much it can create a problem. Excess sebum can clog pores as it mixes with bacteria and dead skin cells and create pimples. Pimples can pop up anywhere on the body, but when it happens on the legs it can be especially irritating. Pants rub up against them and wearing shorts and skirts only exposes the issue to the world. To get rid of pesky pimples on the legs, there are several things you can do.
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Shower or take a bath daily to ensure that your legs stay clean. Bacteria helps to contribute to acne, so regularly washing it away can help to eliminate and prevent future acne. Use a mild or antibacterial soap, and be sure to rinse your legs off well. Pat your legs dry when you get out of the shower so as not to irritate the skin.
Squeeze only pimples that are white or yellow at the top and do so gently. Knowing when to pop pimples is important, as squeezing ones that aren’t ready can cause them to become inflamed and infected. Pimples will go away on their own, but popping the ones that are ready to break open with gentle prompting can help them heal faster.
Apply an over-the-counter topical medication for treating acne that contains benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide helps to kill bacteria and prohibit oil production. The percentage of benzoyl peroxide is unimportant, though you may want to start off with the medication with the lowest percentage you can find to see how your body will react to it. Follow the manufacturers’ directions carefully for application instructions as to how much and how often to apply.
Apply a water-based sunscreen if you plan on wearing shorts or a skirt outside, and limit your exposure to the sun as much as possible. Sunburns and tans can dry out the skin and can possibly react to certain acne medications as well.
Drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated and keep your system flushed. Maintain a healthy diet, including zinc and vitamin A. Talk to your doctor before increasing your vitamin A intake as it may not be safe for those who suffer from liver disease or are pregnant.