How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps on a Leg

by Sharin Griffin ; Updated July 18, 2017

Razor bumps are an all too common occurrence caused by improper shaving technique. Holding the razor at an uncomfortable angle or simply using drying soap to shave can irritate the skin and leave a red, raised rash. This rash can be painful and unsightly. The treatment for razor bumps includes a variety of at-home remedies to eliminate inflammation and ease suffering.

Press a warm, moist compress to your legs where bumps have formed several times per day to relieve inflammation and pain. Compresses that contain white vinegar are beneficial for razor bumps, according to

Apply moisturizer to your legs after shaving to lessen irritation. Moisturizer helps alleviate drying and itching after shaving, and soothes razor burn.

Apply hydrocortisone cream to the razor bumps to reduce inflammation. Hydrocortisone creams restrict the blood vessels to prevent increased redness on your legs from razor bumps.

Apply an over-the-counter acne lotion containing salycylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on razor bumps.

Shave your legs with an electric razor to prevent further irritation of razor bumps and allow them to heal properly. Electric razors provide a close shave without irritating the skin.


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About the Author

Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.