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Hair Bumps on Legs

Because we have hair follicles almost everywhere on our bodies, we’re at risk for hair bumps – on legs, especially. That’s because most of us women shave our legs. That is, until we learned other ways to get smooth, silky legs without the bumps.

If you’re not shaving your legs and you’re still dealing with hair bumps, there are lots of things that could be causing your hair follicles to get angry at you. Our hair follicles are special pores where, as you know, our hair grows. But when anything gets inside them that isn’t supposed to be there, that’s when we have trouble. Here’s a look at some of the stuff that can irritate our hair follicles:

– bacteria

– viruses



So, pretty much any type of germ that makes its way into our hair follicles can cause irritation, and lead to what known as “folliculitis.”

The reason shaving is a big source of hair bumps – on legs, especially – is because our razor can leave tiny nicks and cuts everywhere we shave. The injury to our skin might not be something we can see. (Or, if you’re like some of our group, sometimes you can see the aftermath of our razor from across the room.) But even if you can’t see it, the damage is enough to allow germs to get into our hair follicles.

Our bodies are covered with a bacteria called staphylococcus aureus, or “staph,” for short. It’s usually harmless, and can even help defend us against other germs. But if it moves from the surface of our skin to inside our bodies–including inside our hair follicle–we can wind up with angry, irritated follicles. And we can also wind up with hair bumps on legs, bikini areas, armpits, or anywhere else we shave. When the rash starts with our razor, we also call it razor rash, or razor burn.

But sometimes, it’s not our razor that’s the start of our bumps. We see hair bumps on legs, faces, scalps, backs…anywhere we have hair, we can see a rash of pimply dots.

Click here to discover some more causes of hair bumps.

2 Comments so far

  1. Christine on April 30th, 2015

    I’ve had red bumps on my arms, upper thighs and belly since I was a kid. The dermatologist said it was prickly hair follicles that usually went away with age. I’m 37 and still dealing with it. Any advice?

  2. Skin Care Guru on July 25th, 2015

    Hi there, Christine!
    A physician’s expertise is always the best resource–with that in mind, we’re wondering if this persistent rash might be related to something that’s going on systemically. It might be a good idea to have another healthcare provider take a look at it. And also, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you’re having any other signs or symptoms. When did you last have a physician (or other provider) take a look?
    Thank you for connecting. We hope this gets cleared up.

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