How To Prevent And Fix Strawberry Legs
Home Remedies For Strawberry Legs
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Do you have dark, noticeable spots that look dark brown/black on your legs? Then you may have what’s referred to as “strawberry legs”!
What are Strawberry Legs?
Strawberry legs are named because the skin on the leg resembles a strawberry’s! When the pores or hair follicles look pitted or dark, they are thought to look like the skin of this popular berry. But, what are they?
Well, these pores usually start to show when they’re clogged with oil, dirt, dead skin and bacteria. Strawberry legs usually look more prominent after shaving as the razor has left the pore/follicle exposed and open. As a result, they’ve been made vulnerable to and penetrated by unwanted, non-purposeful grime and appear darker.
Other causes, as well as post-shaving, include:
-When shaven hair is darker than the skin color
-Enlarged hair follicles
-Sweating and friction
-Very dry skin
-A condition called Folliculitis
-A condition called Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris can also occur on the upper, outer arms, anterior thighs, the butt and occasionally on the lower legs. It affects 10-15% of the population and is when the skin develops a build up of the protein keratin (the one that builds hair, skin and nails), which then plugs the follicles, creates small bumps and spots. The condition is completely harmless and usually inherited, tending to be less severe in summer months than winter.
Although both Keratosis Pilaris and Strawberry Legs are harmless, they can be considered unsightly and sometimes bother those who have them, making them self conscious. So, how do you get rid of strawberry legs? Are there home remedies for strawberry legs…?
How To Get Rid Of Strawberry Legs
Exfoliate Before You Shave
Did you know that preventing strawberry legs actually starts way before you shave? You need to be regularly exfoliating your legs with either a dry brush, a glove, or a body scrub that helps polish away the build up of dead skin cells.
It also helps soften the skin and stop the pores from getting clogged when you open the pores as you shave. Always soak your legs after exfoliation in warm water to help further draw out unwanted dirt and oil.
Upgrade Your Razor And Shaving Technique
Cheap, disposable razors tend to never be sharp enough in the first place, and are poorly designed, so leave you vulnerable to nicks and cuts. Because of the low quality design and the lack of appropriate sharpness, you will find yourself having to repeat the same spots several times which irritates the skin and make any clogged pores more visible due to redness.
Use a higher quality razor from a reputable brand and always soak your legs in warm water before you shave – that’s warm, not hot! Hot water dries out the skin which makes it more sensitive to becoming irritated. Soaking the legs first softens the hair and opens the pores slowly and gently.
When you shave, you should use a body mousse or cream to help hydrate as you go. In addition, you should always shave with the hair rather than against.
So, to avoid strawberry legs, shave in the direction of hair growth. When you’re done and your shaving cream or wash has been rinsed off, again with warm water, pat your legs dry rather than rub them. This will help reduce potential irritation and redness.
If the problem persists, you may want to consider alternative hair removal methods like waxing and hair dissolving creams.
As well as straight after shaving, you should be moisturizing your pins often to deter Strawberry Legs! Every time you wash your legs (with a gentle cleanser!), look to slather on a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
This will help dissolve any excess keratin building up in the pores but keep the skin hydrated without causing it to become inflamed and appear strawberry-like.
How To Get Rid Of Strawberry Legs: Our Final Thoughts
If Strawberry Legs are getting you down, there are lots of small aways to improve their appearance, as detailed above. However, if they’re really starting to crush your confidence, and these small changes don’t seem to be helping, check in with your dermatologist.