Pimple, the worst nightmare of a woman. We try our best to keep pimples at bay. But somehow it always finds its way back to us, especially at the times when we want to look our best. Pimples appear on our faces usually but that’s not the end. It can appear everywhere on our bodies. In this article, you will get to know about pimples that appear on legs. If you are struggling with such a problem, then you must go through this one. 

What Causes Pimples on Legs?

Pimples are red bumps filled with pus-like substances. Several factors cause pimple problems on the legs. Common factors include: 

1. Acne

This is a skin condition that all of us have faced at some point, ever since we entered our teen years. Acne occurs when the hair follicles in the skin get clogged with dead skin and oil from the skin. Acne leads to the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples on the face, chest, back, shoulder and legs. 

Why does acne occur?

  • High oil secretion from the sebum glands
  • Bacterial accumulation
  • Too much sweat on the legs
  • Wearing unclean lowers
  • Reaction to fabric agents
  • Hormonal imbalance

Acne is very common and can occur to an individual of any age.

How to treat acne?

Application of ointment with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help reduce the acne problem. For better treatment, consultation with the skin doctor is important. 

2. Folliculitis

Folliculitis is almost similar to acne by its appearance. It is an infection of the hair follicles which causes inflammation in the affected areas. Folliculitis is most commonly caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Due to folliculitis, red or white bumps form similar to that in acne. But the only difference here is there is no connection of oil glands in folliculitis.  

Why does folliculitis occur?


This skin condition occurs on the skin which is recently shaved and it is itchy, making situations uncomfortable. Other reasons for the occurrence of folliculitis are – 

  • Tight clothing
  • Too much heat
  • Excess sweating in the area
  • Skin injury
  • Use of an unhygienic hot tub
  • Eczema

Folliculitis usually goes away by itself. But if it doesn’t go away, it can further turn into a severe infection with the formation of boils. 

How to treat folliculitis?

If folliculitis is not recovering naturally, you should see a doctor. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics, oil-free moisturizers for relief.  

3. Keratosis Pilaris

This skin condition is commonly known as chicken skin. Keratosis pilaris causes the formation of white or red bumps on the affected area. 

Why does Keratosis pilaris occur?

This condition occurs due to the build-up of the protein Keratin along with dead skin clogging the pores. This blocks the growth of the hair from the follicles. The exact cause of the build-up of keratin is not yet discovered and almost anyone is prone to this skin condition. However, doctors say that if you have dry skin or suffer from eczema, you are prone to keratosis pilaris. 

How to treat Keratosis pilaris?

Doctors recommend topical ointments that contain salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, urea, and a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. However, it depends upon the severity of the condition. So, a doctor’s consultation is necessary.

4. Atopic Eczema

In severe conditions of eczema, red bumps appear along with annoyingly itchy patches. Further, atopic eczema if not treated or doesn’t recover, blisters with clear discharge may form. 

Why does eczema occur?

  • Allergic reaction to cleaning agents used on fabrics
  • Certain soaps, perfumes
  • Heat
  • Sweating
  • Dry skin

How to treat atopic eczema?

To get speedy relief, a visit to the skin doctor is mandatory. On consultation, doctors prescribe medications such as antibiotics, antihistamines, corticosteroids. Moisturizing creams may also be recommended as a precaution after recovery. 


Pimples are like the devil for the skin. Once it gets a hold of us, our skin requires a lot of special care and attention to make it go away. If you notice that your pimples are getting worse, then I suggest that you seek medical help immediately. My thought is, keep your skin clean and clear after any physical activity or after getting home from outside. My skincare routine includes three steps mainly – a good body wash compatible with my skin, rose water for cleaning of the skin pores, Aloe Vera gel for hydration of the skin, or a good moisturizer. Also, drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet.

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