How to Heal Shave Bumps on Legs

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If baring your legs also means showing the world an embarrassing rash of little red bumps, you may need to rethink the way you shave. Razor bumps are caused by ingrown hairs and can occur anywhere you shave or wax. By choosing products to soothe your razor burn and tweaking your hair removal routine, you'll be able to get the smooth, sleek legs you crave.

Step 1

Avoid shaving areas with razor burn. Leave the bumps alone to allow your irritated skin to heal and any ingrown hairs to emerge naturally.

Step 2

Apply a moisturizing lotion after shaving to soothe the skin and prevent razor bumps from getting worse. If you must continue shaving, applying a moisturizing lotion immediately after you shave may soothe the skin to prevent any further damage.

Step 3

Treat the legs with an over-the-counter 2.5 or 5 percent benzoyl peroxide acne medication once a day, suggests Dr. Evelyn Placek, a dermatologist and doctor of internal medicine in the book "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Women." Consult your dermatologist to determine where and how often you should apply the medication to treat your particular condition. The medication may both minimize existing razor bumps and preventing new ones from returning.

Step 4

Use a physical or chemical exfoliant on skin to loosen ingrown hair. Use a rough sponge along with an antibacterial cleanser to decrease bacteria on the skin and coax out hairs growing in the wrong direction. Try a chemical exfoliant, such as a lotion with alpha hydroxy acid or retinoid cream to exfoliate skin and allow ingrown hairs to emerge.

Step 5

Consider electrolysis if shaving bumps are so severe you are unable to get rid of them. Electrolysis removes the hair follicle, preventing the hair from growing. Electrolysis may help individuals with persistent ingrown hairs.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturizing lotion

  • 2.5 or 5 percent benzoyl peroxide medication

  • Physical or chemical exfoliant


Your doctor may prescribe temporary antibiotics to reduce swelling and irritation associated with shaving bumps.


Consult a dermatologist before using any over-the-counter or home remedies to treat your condition.

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