The pursuit for smooth, soft, and glowing legs is endless—especially for someone like me with thick, coarse body hair (TMI?). Shaving usually results in bumps I cover with body makeup or glowy oils rather than razor blade commercial-worthy silky soft legs. That's precisely why when I saw there was a product literally called a bump eraser, I had to try it.
TikTok's latest obsession for the summer is First Aid Beauty's Bump Eraser ($28, Sephora). Thousands of videos online showed people trying the body scrub on their legs and arms to show it literally erasing bumps to reveal glowy, soft limbs. I don't think I've ever felt so influenced in my life.
TikTok's beauty community swears by the scrub for treating body acne, bumps, hyperpigmenation, and strawberry legs—all of which I have. I tried the scrub for a couple of months to see if it could live up to my coarse body hair and pigmentation. Here are my honest thoughts:
It calmed down a lot of my body acne.
A lot of TikTok reviewers talked in their videos about the fact that this scrub features both chemical and physical exfoliation, which makes it great for those who might be acne-prone. It features pumice buffing beads to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and 10 percent alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is essentially a chemical peel.
I didn't see much difference after using this the first couple of times, but after about the third or fourth use I did start to see a decrease in the acne I occasionally get on my thighs. While some scrubs can be irritating and actually cause acne and redness on my legs, I was really pleased to find that this was sensitive skin-friendly, too.
It made shaving easier.
I experimented with a few ways of using this, both before and after shaving (and in between shaves, too). It really didn't do anything to my skin when I used it post-shave, but I loved using it before shaving. I almost felt like the pumice loosened the follicles in my skin to make shaving easier.
It's also nice that this scrub feels nourishing and moisturizing, so even though it admittedly didn't erase any of the bumps on my skin (to my dismay), it did make my skin feel softer post-shave than if I just went in with a regular body wash and shaving cream before using my razor.
While for me, this product didn't quite live up to the TikTok hype, I also recognize that I am on the far end of the spectrum when it comes to having really thick and coarse body hair (something most of my South Asian friends can relate to).
That said, I know many who use this and rave about how smooth it makes their legs. It's a summer staple if you have fine or thick hair, and if you're simply looking for something to reduce body acne or nourish your skin pre-shave, you'll definitely love it just as much as TikTok promises you will.