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How to Get Rid of Leg Acne

Known as keratosis pilaris medically, leg acne stems from a hormone imbalance that results in the body producing too much sebum, which leads to acne 1. While leg acne isn’t as common as facial acne, it’s a very real problem for those who suffer from it 1. This often uncomfortable condition can make it impossible to wear shorts in public without embarrassment. If you suffer from leg acne, there are several things you can do to improve your condition 1.

Apply lemon juice to the area of your legs where you have the acne with a clean cloth or cotton balls before you go to bed at night 1. Rinse your legs off in the morning by either getting into the shower or using a clean damp cloth. Do this every night for at least two weeks to start seeing an improvement.

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Dampen a cotton ball with tea tree oil and apply it to your skin, making sure to cover the entire affected area. Rinse your legs with clean warm water.

Stand in a hot shower to help open up your pores for several minutes before washing your legs with a soap specifically designed for clearing up acne, or an antibacterial soap 1. Rinse your legs well to eliminate any residual soap that may irritate your legs later, and pat them dry with a soft, clean dry towel. Vigorous wiping with the towel may irritate the area.

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Wear loose-fitting cotton pants that allow your legs to get some air circulation. Tight-fitting clothes may cause your body to sweat and make your acne worse 1.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, making sure to drink at least six to eight glasses. Keeping your body hydrated can help to keep your system flushed. Avoid anything that can lead to dehydration, such as caffeine and alcohol.


Talk to your doctor or a dermatologist if you have persistent or severe acne. A medical professional may be able to help pin down the cause and prescribe something that will help to eliminate it.