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How to get rid of spots on your legs

We all get the occasional spot on our face or neck – but what about on our legs? If you’ve noticed little red bumps appearing on your pins, this is the guide for you.

What causes spots on legs?

While it’s not uncommon to see acne on numerous parts of the body, spots on your legs are typically caused by something other than a build-up of sebum (oil) and dead skin.1,2 Most likely, the culprit of the sore, red bumps on your legs is actually your shaving routine.

Also known as folliculitis or razor burn, a shaving rash typically happens immediately after you’ve shaved or when the hairs start to grow back. As shaving can increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs – hair follicles which grow into the skin rather than out, causing little bumps – it’s easy for a razor to catch on them. Tell-tale signs of razor burn include:

  • Itchy skin and inflammation
  • Raised, red bumps which look like small pimples

How to get rid of spots on legs

Spots on your legs can be itchy, irritating and not to mention unsightly, especially if it’s summer and you want to wear a dress, skirt or shorts! Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help soothe them.

Before we delve into possible treatments, the most important thing to remember is to not squeeze or pick at spots on your legs. This could make them bleed and ultimately leave to scarring. Instead, try to:3

Leave them alone

As we mentioned above, it’s best not to touch or itch at spots you find on your legs. Usually, they’ll go away on their own given time. To ensure you don’t irritate the area even more, avoid shaving again until the spots disappear.

Keep your legs moisturised

It’s crucial that you keep your skin smooth and hydrated if you’re prone to getting spots on your legs. After shaving, try moisturising the area with a lotion that’s gentle on the skin and contains beneficial ingredients like aloe vera.

Tea tree oil or coconut oil can also help bring down inflammation – just make sure you perform a skin test first in case you have an allergic reaction. You’ll discover dozens of creams, oils and lotions in our skin ailments range which are made using natural ingredients that’s kind to skin.

Exfoliate your legs regularly

To decrease the possibility of developing ingrown hairs, it’s good practice to exfoliate your legs in between shaves. This will help release any hairs which have started to grow into your skin, plus it’s great for circulation and combatting any inflammation.4

Prevent them in the first place

As with many health issues, prevention is usually the best course of treatment. When it comes to leg spots, you should do this by going straight to the root of the problem – ingrown hairs. To avoid getting them, why not take a break from shaving and try another hair removal technique like a cream? If you want to stick to shaving, make sure you:5
  1. Always use a moisturising shaving gel or cream.
  2. Shave in the direction your hair grows and not too close to the skin.
  3. Apply a cool, wet cloth to your skin afterwards to soothe it.
  4. Exfoliate after shaving to encourage the hair to grow straight.
If any spots on your legs become particularly inflamed, you might want to visit your local pharmacy to find a topical cream which will aid in relieving pain and swelling.6 None of the treatments above having any effect? It might be time to visit your GP.

Last updated: 8 June 2020

Sources
  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/get-rid-of-razor-burn-on-legs
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/get-rid-of-razor-burn-on-legs#tips
  4. https://www.byrdie.com/benefits-of-exfoliating
  5. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ingrown-hairs/
  6. https://www.healthline.com/health/hydrocortisone-for-acne

 

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