what you need is an alcohol based solution specially designed to help with ingrowing hair. some independent chemists sell them, maybe even boots? this sort of solution would treat any kind of skin sores or grazez, spots would exfoliate the skin and also dry it . so remeber to moisturise regulalrly. i would not use it for a long time (maybe twice a day, every day for a max. of one week). and you must read the ingredients in case you are sensitive to any of them.
The product I mentioned earlier is called Ingrow Go, it comes in a blue plastic bottle, boxed 125ml for about £10. It should last you a lifetime because you really only need to used it once as treatment for about a week , then you can continue shaving your legs if waxing is not something you'd like to do.
I agree, would love to have the laser done too but it's quite expensive. I'm sticking to waxing for now (and shaving in an emergency). as for electric epilators, you might find them painful if you're not used to them. i'm OK using them but find it takes a very long time to get it all done.