Shimmering or flawless gams are nice attributes whether on a woman or a man. When the legs develop rashes or bumps, there is less confidence to show the legs. Most people opt to wearing long pants, leggings, anything to keep from exposing the rashes or bumps. The sooner the bumps or rashes disappear, the sooner the self-confidence of the individual can be restored.
Bumps on the legs can appear for many reasons such as an allergic reaction, a skin condition, or even because of skin habits. No matter the cause, the importance lies on getting rid of the rashes or bumps without leaving any scars behind.
Common Reasons for Bumps on Legs
- Bumps on the legs can appear in different colors and sizes.
- One of the more common types of bumps are red in color either resulting from hair removal or as a result of an allergic reaction.
- The legs, along with the rest of the body contain hair follicles, oil glands and sweat glands.
- Due to cosmetic purposes, many individuals, commonly women opt to remove the hair in order to get smooth and flawless legs.
- Improper removal of hair or improper practices can cause bumps to develop.
- These bumps usually come from ingrown hairs.
- Ingrown hairs are caused when the hair grows inside the follicle or sideways into the follicle. The growing hair inside the follicle irritates the follicle causing redness.
- The growing hair inside the follicle causes a raise or a bump in the skin which can be irritating and itchy.
- Allergic reactions can also occur from use of skin products such as hair removal creams.
- Allergic reactions can be avoided when skin products are first tested prior to use to avoid any reactions from developing.
How to Get Rid of Itchy Bumps on Legs
Bumps on the legs are also called razor bumps because of the nature of the development of the bumps.
- Prior to shaving, take a hot shower or bath to soften the hair follicles on the legs making the hair more pliable for shaving.
- Pat, not rub, the skin dry after the shower or bath.
- Apply a shaving cream (tested to avoid any allergic reactions) to the leg that will be shaved first and allow it to sit for 2 minutes.
- Sterilize the blades of the razor to be used, whether it is brand new or not. This prevents any bacteria from entering into the follicles causing an infection.
- Always use a sharp razor, not a dull razor to make sure that it is hair that is being shaved and not the skin.
- Always shave in the direction that the hair is growing to avoid the instance of ingrown hairs.
- Apply after-shave gel over the legs to keep the skin moisturized and prevent the development of bumps.
- Once the gel has dried, a moisturizing lotion may be applied over the legs to further prevent development of red razor bumps.