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Sep 27, 2012

Melony S.

After shaving, I always have red bumps on my legs (especially thighs). I use shaving cream, and a new razor each time. Could it be sensitive skin? Anyone else have this problem, or any tips/advice?

Sep 27, 2012

Mary P.

You should try waxing, its so much better & you won't have to shave as often as you do. And yes sounds like sensitive skin, it could be your shaving cream? try gel. If not, try unscented soap & water.

Sep 27, 2012

Kayli H.

You might be allergic to the shaving cream. That's what happened to me anyway, so I can't use anything like that anymore.. Oh well.. I find that using a really good exfoliator before shaving and using a thick body butter right after you get out of the shower(don't even dry off, put it on wet skin) gives me the same results without gross and painful bumps

Sep 27, 2012

Adia T.

This is a little unorthodox but use a good lotion like Nivea or something. And shave with it. It comes clean and smooth. Just rub in the rest.

Sep 27, 2012

Rebecca S.

You may need to try exfoliating! 

Sep 28, 2012

Melony S.

I'll try with the lotion, if it fails...I shall do what I said I never would!!! Wax. LOL! Thanks for the tips ladies!

Sep 28, 2012

Ashley S.

I'm in the middle of getting laser hair removal (because of my heritage I was blessed with very thick black body hair) so my hair is pretty fine now. What I've been doing is use a disposable dry and throw it out after. I was kind of inspired by the dry single blade razor that the RNs use at the laser place. I get way less irritation dry than using a cream! This is most likely because when I do it dry I can wear my glasses and actually SEE but I'd never be able to do this with my hair like it was before! My underarms are more difficult and tend to get a lot of irritation, so I tried a few new things and had amazing results. First, I found some half size single blade disposables, which fit into the 'grooves' so well. Second, I applied some toner before shaving using a paper towel, hoping that it would remove whatever deodorant and dirt was still there. Last, I immediately applied raw shea butter afterwards and 4 hours later they are soft, smooth and not a bump (red or otherwise) to be seen!

If you decide to try this, you have to really be hyper-careful not to press down too hard, go too fast because you won't have the liquid or foam reducing friction. If you are paying attention to what you are doing, this can be very gentle since you won't have anything on your legs so you can easily see which areas need extra attention and which don't and because you can't press down like you can when using a cream! My whole life I'd been pressing too hard and never knew it

Sep 28, 2012

Tanya R.

I use hair conditioner works wonders

Sep 29, 2012

Aley A.

I had the same problem so from time to time I wax. Also shaving with reusable razors helps by usinf baby oil but it can't get messy and I exfolaite my skin with LUSH soaps and then add baby oil gel and shave and have not have any problems since then

Sep 29, 2012

Courtney S.

Put Vaseline on the red bumps. They'll clean up quick:) I usually shave at night and then out it on. Red bumps are gone by morning. Shaving with baby oil is also a way to prevent them. 

Sep 30, 2012

Jessie A.

I get the same problem! I personally use a shaving cream that doesn't foam. My favorite is Ambrosia from LUSH, it's soothing, and moisturizing, almost like shaving with a lotion. I also exfoliate before I shave [you get a closer shave that way anyway!]

Oct 01, 2012

Paige L.

I have the same problem. After I shave, my legs get reallly itchy. Even if i use lotion after. 

Oct 05, 2012

Auburn E.

I have experimented with many different products as shaving cream to find the smoothest, most bump-free shave. The red bumps on my legs went away completely when I started using either jojoba oil or coconut oil in place of shaving cream. Jojoba has antibacterial properties, so I would recommend it over coconut oil, although both work well. If this doesn't work for you, I would suggest buying a product called Tend Skin. It comes in a blue bottle and is probably sold at your local beauty supply or possibly the drug store. Another weird but effective treatment for red bumps is using a thin layer of neosporin in place of shaving cream. It automatically kills any bump-causing bacteria, while leaving your legs silky smooth. Hope this helps! Xo

Oct 05, 2012

Kelly G.

Are the red bumps always there? If the are always there, you might have keratosis pillarris aka chicken skin. Little red bumps. Try amlactin lotion twice a day. The problem with KP is it never goes away. If you stop with the lactic acid lotion, it'll come right back. It's a pain! I have it myself =p 

Oct 05, 2012

Maria G.

Tend skin at ure local drug store

Oct 16, 2012

Shateka P.

Try shaving without shaving cream. I use soap and it works wonders! 

Oct 21, 2012

marcella e.

i had this problem before, the doctor said because i have sensitive skin and might be because of the gel and razor are not good/high quality. she said the best thing is not to shave it or try to wax, if still have red bumps after that then dont do it. well, you can if you can bear with the red bumps.

Oct 22, 2012

Alma M.

Try bikini zone on your legs after shaving.

Oct 22, 2012

Francine R.

Hi Melanie, had the same problem years ago and saw a dermatologist who changed my life. He put me on retin a cream for me legs. Problem solved! 

Oct 24, 2012

Cute C.

Try shaving with Olive Oil.
Its very moisturizing and makes your skin really soft ^,^ 

Oct 24, 2012

Charlotte H.

Hey :)
Okay so before you shave each time try using a exfoliating puff (I attached a picture because I don't know the proper name for them lol) this will help with opening up the hair follicle because you hair doesn't all grow at the same time. So what happens is when you go to shave, you shave off the hair that has grown out, but your razors also runs over the bumps where the hair is trying to grow back through. Now this is probably where the irritation is coming from.
That's why it is very beneficial to exfoliate before shaving, as it helps give a more even shave and helps prevent irritation.
Also using hair conditioner helps a lot for a easier shave too, as it softens the hair :)

Oct 29, 2012

Leigh H.

skin so soft bath oil.. smells great, moisturizes and minimizes the bumps. also on thighs where they are really bad, give them a dusting with powder that contains cornstarch. 

Oct 29, 2012

Laura H.

as an esthetician, I say wax. if your not ready for that: Always use clean razor. And a few drops of tea tree oil on damp skin will keep bacteria at a minimum

Oct 30, 2012

Aim S.

I have the same problem and what I do is after shaving I apply super drug's restoring oil (I think that's the name). It helped me.

Oct 30, 2012

Merissa K.

Try witch hazel. I use it every time after I shave. It nicks red bumps even around bikini line and reduces ingrown hairs.

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