What to do with leg zits and ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs and zits are uncomfortable and often unsightly. And while we may expect them to happen from time to time on our faces, few people expect them on legs. Commercial acne products don't target legs. Not to worry--leg zits and ingrown hairs can be dealt with fairly simply.


One of the best treatments for both acne and ingrown hairs--on whatever part of the body--is exfoliating. Acne or zits can be caused by clogged, dirty or infected pores. Scrubbing skin with something rough and exfoliating can unclog pores and help clean skin deeper down.

Ingrown hairs are often caused by hairs which can't grow out because they get caught below the skin. Very often layers of dead skin which haven't properly shed are responsible for trapping hairs. Scrubbing can remove dead skin cells and open up the path for hair to grow out normally, thus releasing ingrown hairs.

Shaving Issues

For women--or men--who shave their legs, the act of shaving can invite ingrown hairs. When hairs are cut in shaving, sometimes they are left with sharp and angled or thin ends. These sharp hairs can easily get caught under skin as they grow and then curl back, growing back into the follicles from which they came.

Using thick shave creams or gels can help prevent sharp cuts to hair. Even better, using an electric razor may reduce the number of follicles which may become ingrown as hairs are not cut as close to the skin--and therefore are more likely to continue growing out normally.


Leg zits--like all zits--can be caused by trapped sweat clogging pores. Consider clothing and how it affects skin. Garments that trap heat and sweat may contribute to leg zits. Some likely culprits may include close-fitting leggings and synthetic fabrics such as nylon stockings, leotards, tights, and spandex or lycra.

Whether from garments or just sweaty weather, one of the best cures is showering. Clean up frequently and wash sweat away. This will reduce the chances of zits.