Why Do I Have Bumps and Spots on My Legs?

Red bumps on legs might be confusing to many people. Most of us might think that these tiny bumps are acne. However, it is rare for acne to occur on the legs. What might look like acne is usually folliculitis, which is simply an inflammation of the hair follicles. It presents as small red bumps or white-headed pimples.

What are the Symptoms of Folliculitis?

These bumps can itch or burn and become painful to touch if the hair hair follicles are infected by bacteria.

  1. Soreness
  2. Itching
  3. Swelling
  4. Pus

Causes of Folliculitis

Folliculitis results from many different reasons but the most common causes are ingrown hairs, high heat exposure, occlusion, and sweat.

How to Prevent Folliculitis

Fortunately, there are some easy changes we can follow to solve folliculitis. This include:

  1. Avoid tight clothing. Looser, cotton clothing is recommended. Make sure to wash and clean sweaty clothes and shower right after at the gym.
  2. Switch your hair removal methods. The best way to stop folliculitis is to avoid shaving in the areas folliculitis is occurring—and start again once your skin is healed. Waxing is recommended.
  3. Get a hair laser removal. If the folliculitis keeps occurring and interrupting your daily routine, getting laser hair removal might be a better option to consider to reduce hair growth.

Tips to Avoid Folliculitis from Shaving

  1. Exfoliate skin before shaving
  2. Use a loofah or washcloth in a circular motion to gently go through embedded hairs
  3. Always shave against hair growth direction
  4. Always use a sharp and clean razor
  5. Moisturise immediately afterwards with body oil or lotion

How is Folliculitis Treated?

Folliculitis is usually minor and resolves away on its own without treatment. However, if you have skin irritation that’s accompanied by a fever, spreading rash, or pus-filled and smelly bumps, seek medical help.

How to Treat Dark Spots

  1. Protect skin with sunscreen. Although sunscreens ****won’t lighten dark spots on your legs, they can help keep them from getting darker and also prevent new dark spots from forming.
  2. Use mask and scrub. Rice, turmeric, and Thai Makrut lime have antioxidants, including vitamin A, C, and E which are great for brighter, vibrant, and healthy skin. It also protects the skin from the sun, nourishes the skin for a more even complexion, and fights bacteria to protect skin from inflammation and infection.
  3. Laser treatments. Laser treatment is the best known for skin lightening therapy. However, the laser efficiency depends on the type of laser used and your specific cause of hyperpigmentation.

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