- Strawberry legs are extremely common, affecting millions of people every year.
- The term “strawberry legs” is colloquial and generally describes darkened pores or small bumps at the site of each hair follicle.
- Home remedies may work, but in most cases dermatologists recommend laser hair removal as the most efficient and only permanent solution.
Every summer, millions of women are reluctant to expose their legs because their skin is covered with darkened pores.
“Strawberry legs” refers to visible dark spots at the site of each pore or hair follicle. This condition can leave legs with a rough, uneven texture and can be quite difficult to get rid of.
Like countless others, you may have tried various home remedies, lotions, and creams in an effort to rid your legs of strawberry skin. If nothing works and you’re still keeping your legs under wraps, read on.
In this article we list effective treatments you can try at home, as well as the clinical options that offer the best long-term solution to these black dots.
Without further ado, let’s look at the most frequently asked questions one may have regarding this skin problem.
What is Strawberry Legs, Keratosis Pilaris, Chicken Skin…?
When browsing Google, looking for what exactly you have, usually people mean these symptoms when using the words “strawberry legs”:
- enlarged and dark pores,
- folliculitis – infected red bumps by the hair follicle
- ingrown hairs
- dry, rough, bumpy skin.
Firstly, strawberry legs medical term is Keratosis Pilaris.
Keratosis Pilaris is a benign, chronic skin condition. It can be genetic, it usually occurs more in the Northern part of the world, as well as more for people with dry skin.
In general, Keratosis Pilaris means that your pores get clogged with a build-up of keratin and they give you a tiny bump over the hair follicle. So the skin isn’t smooth nor to the hand nor to the eye.
You may also call it strawberry legs if you have enlarged pores. And then you aren’t concerned with rough skin, more like wondering how to get rid of black dots on legs.
Perhaps a more frequently heard term would be open comedones. Before rushing to the part where we discuss how to get rid of open comedones on legs, you have to understand why they occur. More on that later.
Since I am NOT a doctor, look more into Keratosis Pilaris with the definition at WebMD.
What Causes Strawberry Legs?
Well, since we talked about strawberry legs usually meaning: enlarged pores, folliculitis, and rough, bumpy skin, then let’s look into why they occur…
Keratosis Pilaris’ cause is too much keratin. Which is ironic, because keratin is the protein that is supposed to protect our skin from bacteria and infections. It basically blocks the entry to your hair follicle. This can then produce more ingrown hairs, as the hair has an additional layer to fight through to get out of the skin.
Enlarged pores is a build-up of oils or “sebum”.
It’s the cause of too much oil being produced, which clogs your pores with bacteria and dead skin cells. So, when you shave, you cut the pores open and the build-up oxidizes, which then makes your pores look like under a magnifying glass for everyone to see.
When I first started looking into what I have on my legs, the perfect everyday example of how I could understand this build-up was to imagine floor tiles.
You know the grout between tiles? In time you don’t see white in the lines between the tiles, rather a brown or black color, which is a build-up of dirt. That’s why your hair follicle appears darker, it’s holding more stuff than necessary. More on the treatment for open comedones on legs later.
And finally, this clogging and build-up can cause folliculitis, in addition to KP or strawberry legs.
Folliculitis is the infection of a hair follicle, which then gives you a small red bump (sometimes with puss) on the skin surface. The clogged and built-up pores aren’t helping the hairs to get out of the world.
So, basically, ingrown hairs really have their own stubborn party when they can’t get out and they are being irritated with shaving or shaving with a dull razor.
It’s not a pretty sight. It’s very common in areas where the skin is being rubbed or irritated most, for example, inner thighs and the back of the knee is comfy places for folliculitis after another shaving session.
Does Shaving Cause Keratosis Pilaris?
Yes, it’s common to have dark spots on legs from shaving specifically.
After a few years of shaving experience under your belt, it can be more visible, to the point where it may seem that you haven’t really shaved, as if you have a five o’clock shadow on your legs.
Since we’re on the topic of hair removal…
What about Waxing Strawberry Legs?
Waxing can help to clean the build-up by pulling out the whole hair out of your skin. You can benefit especially from sugaring because it works also as an exfoliator to the skin.
Before choosing to wax, look into the difference between hard wax vs soft wax.
Can Strawberry Legs be Cured?
Yes and No.
Let me explain.
Keratosis Pilaris is a chronic disease, meaning it is a long-lasting disease, it may come and go (especially during winter, it definitely comes to haunt you then).
You can, however, definitely fight Keratosis Pilaris, but I should warn you right now that if you are looking for how to get rid of strawberry legs fast, then I’m sorry, but there isn’t a fast cure.
Same way how you can’t get rich overnight (unless you won the lottery, but the odds of that are…small)
You really have to be a persistent individual to control the appearance of your skin.
Later on, we will talk more in detail about how to get rid of strawberry legs.
How to Prevent Strawberry Legs?
In order to prevent strawberry legs, you, firstly, have to follow your skin care routine rigorously.
Secondly, some tips for maintaining a soft, beautiful looking skin:
- Change your towel at least once a week
- Change your loofah or exfoliating glove either every month or every two months
- Try dry brushing before the shower to get even more dead skin cells off as well as improve blood flow.
- Make your skin care routine and stick to it every single day, for faster results.
- Eat a balanced diet to manage strawberry legs, both folliculitis and keratosis pilaris.
- If you shave, change the blade frequently, very frequently to make sure it is clean and sharp each time. If it’s a safety razor then cleaning it is pretty easy.
- If shaving is your go-to method, always use either a shaving cream or hair conditioner to moisturize the hairs.
- If you use a chemical exfoliant and moisturizer (with AHA or BHA), then sunscreen is a MUST during summertime since the top layer of your skin will be coming off, it will be more sensitive
- Do everything with lots of LOVE for your skin, don’t over-brush, over-exfoliate, over-moisturize (which can lead to blockage), don’t over-abuse your skin!
And lastly, there are some other products that can be of assistance if you’re traveling or it’s just summer and you get sweaty. Good options are cotton pads filled with AHA or BHA.
Replenix Acne Solutions Gly/Sal 10-2 Pads, 60 Count
Another great option is this:
Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns
If you’re looking for how to lighten dark pores on legs, then use this after your preferred hair removal method and be amazed!
- Really works, but only if you also use a moisturizer, because this will dry out your skin really fast.
- Reduces redness, ingrown hairs, and razor bumps
- A bit expensive
- Can’t use if allergic to Aspirin
A popular solution in Europe to Tend Skin Solution is Ingrow Go by Skin Doctors.
Home remedies for strawberry legs: cleansing and exfoliation
Keeping your legs clean with normal soap is important, but it may not be enough.
Using soaps with salicylic acid can help remove the surface layer of dead skin cells and unclog pores. An alternative to salicylic acid soaps are ones that contain benzoyl peroxide, which both kills bacteria and exfoliates the skin.
In fact, exfoliation is the simplest remedy for anyone attempting to erase their strawberry skin. Removing the surface layer of dead skin cells opens up pores and prevents the formation of keratin plugs.
While there are hundreds of commercial skin care scrubs available, you may opt to use one of the following natural exfoliant preparations. Note that none of these remedies are a quick fix for strawberry legs — you’ll need to keep using them for a few weeks until you see results.
Also remember to rinse with lukewarm or cool water after each application, and use a commercial moisturizer or glycerin following exfoliation.
- Brown sugar, aloe vera, and lemon juice
Mix two parts brown sugar and aloe vera gel with one part lemon juice. This fine sugar scrub can be worked into the skin by making small, circular motions with a gentle brush, face cloth, or loofah.
- Baking soda and buttermilk
Mix equal parts baking soda and buttermilk into a smooth paste. Work this paste into the skin and let it set for a few minutes. The natural cleansing action of baking soda helps to unclog pores and exfoliate the skin.
Prepare a natural scrub with equal parts milk and fine grained salt, then massage your legs with the preparation. As you gently scrub your wet legs with fine salt granules, you’ll loosen dead skin and clear your pores.
A smoother shave to prevent ingrown hairs and dark spots
Improper shaving techniques or the use of old, dull razors can lead to ingrown hairs and dark spots on the legs.
The simplest way to avoid skin damage from shaving is to use a sharp, clean razor and not to skimp on shaving cream by using normal bath soap instead. Soap dries the skin and doesn’t produce nearly as smooth a shave.
To minimize skin damage, try moisturizing your skin with coconut oil or soaking your legs for ten minutes prior to shaving. After shaving, rinse with cold water rather than warm water.
- Removing hair at the root
Electric epilators do a wonderful job of removing hairs from the root rather than trimming them at a surface level. The downside is that while they may do an excellent job of hair removal, they can be extremely painful to use.
If you have particularly sensitive skin, consider using a skin numbing product like lidocaine prior to epilating. Another pro-tip for reducing the pain is to take a very hot shower beforehand. Hot water helps to open your pores, allowing hairs to be pulled out more easily.
Although the pain may seem unbearable to some, there are many advantages to epilating over waxing or shaving. The following electric epilators are recommended by users and dermatologists alike.
Braun Silk-épil 9 Women’s Epilator
If you are looking for versatility, look no further. The Braun Silk-épil 9 has attachments that convert it into a facial brush, for removing pore-deep impurities, and a shaver head to trim down longer hair. Its waterproof design lets you epilate in the shower or tub, helping to reduce discomfort. To really let you epilate anywhere, the Braun Silk-épil 9 is cordless and holds a 40-minute charge.
Braun Silk-épil 3 Women’s Epilator
For those looking for a more focused epilating experience, Braun’s Silk-épil 3 offers a great alternative to the Silk-épil 9. This epilator boasts a 20 tweezer system that plucks hair at its root, and its built in Smartlight helps you pick out even the smallest hairs. Although it’s neither waterproof nor cordless, the Silk-épil 3 more than makes up for its shortcomings with its affordable price.
Philips Satinelle Advanced
Like the Silk-épil 9, Philips’ Satinelle Advanced comes with a shaving head and is both waterproof and cordless. Its ergonomic handle design makes holding onto the epilator simple, even in the shower, and its built in light offers a clear view of those difficult to spot hairs. Instead of tweezers, the Satinelle Advanced uses textured ceramic disks to gently extract even the finest hairs.
Epilady has a long history of making epilators. In fact, they introduced the world to electric epilators back in 1986. The L5 is the latest in the company’s long line of epilators that have only improved model after model. Boasting 56 tweezers and a 60-minute battery for cordless use, the L5 proves that Epilady is not dated, but a modern classic.
Panasonic Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver
This epilator comes with several attachments to ensure that you have the right tool for the job. A small surface epilator attachment helps with precision, while the large surface attachment handles legs and arms quickly. It’s also cordless and waterproof for epilating in the bath and shower. One of the Panasonic Wet/Dry Epilator and Shaver’s best features is that its blades are easily replaceable, meaning you can use it for years to come.
What are the clinical options for strawberry legs?
If home remedies fall short of providing the desired results, the first step is to consult with a dermatologist for some insight into what’s causing that spotted, rough texture.
If the spotted skin is caused by bacterial or fungal folliculitis, your dermatologist may recommend a prescription solution.
Prescription solutions for bacterial folliculitis include topical preparations of clindamycin, erythromycin, and other antibiotics. Prescription solutions for fungal folliculitis include topical antifungals like ciclopirox and ketoconazole.
If the problem is everyday keratosis pilaris, dermatologists recommend light chemical peels and laser hair removal.
- Chemical peels to remove dead skin
Chemical peels, including salicylic acid and glycolic acid, offer the combined effect of reducing pore size, evening out skin tone, and removing the surface layer of dead skin cells.
Chemical peels also improve circulation within the skin and can help prevent pores from getting clogged.
- Laser hair removal for a more permanent solution
Laser hair removal uses pulses of concentrated light to destroy the hair follicle beneath the surface of the skin. Laser treatment typically achieves a permanent reduction in hair growth after three to eight treatments.
Note that some stubborn hair follicles may grow back and require touch-up work at a later date.
There are multiple types of lasers, each with their own specific strengths, weaknesses, and uses. Your dermatologist will make a recommendation based on your specific condition and natural level of skin pigmentation.
Strawberry Legs VS A Shaving Rash
The correct medical term for strawberry legs is an open comedo. Comedo1 (plural: comedones) is a technical term for a clogged hair follicle in the skin. There are two types of comedones:
- Open – an open comedo is a hair folicle that is open to the air which causes oxydization and black color (blackhead)
- Closed – closed comedo is closed by the skin so the oydization does not happen and the color remains white(whiteheads)
Pores usually get clogged due to bacteria, oil, or dead skin cells buildup (or a mix of the three). Another common cause are ingrown hairs, which are succeptible to irritation, inflammation and clogging.
A shaving rash however, is just a short-lasting skin irritation caused by an aggressive shaving or a dull blade.
It is best to address shaving rash, also called razor burn, before it even occurs, by employing these prevention tips:
- Use light strokes – applying too much pressure is almost guaranteed to case irritation
- Swap dull blades – a dull blade will discomfort, tugs and pulls during shaving and lead to irritation
- Limit your restrokes – it is etimated that as much as 60% of shaving constitutes of restrokes! Reducing the number of restrokes will reduce the stress to your skin
Medical Definition Of A Hair Follicle
We’ve referenced a hair follicle2 a number of times in the previous text but failed to give a proper explanation of this skin structure.
A hair follicle is a sack from which hair grows (derived from a latin ford follis: bag). A sebaceous (oil) gland opens up into this sack and secretes oils which lubricate our skin.
A healthy hair follicle produces about six inches (15cm) of hair growth per year.
What Causes Strawberry Legs?
By far, the most common (and the most dangerous) cause of these dark spots on the skin is a condition called Folliculitis.
Folliculitis – Causes, Types And Home Treatment
Folliculitis3 is an inflammation in one of more hair follicles. It is a common skin problem and caused by:
- A bacteria
- Or a fungal infection
How Do I Spot Folliculitis?
A common early sign of this condition is small red bumps on the skin or, in some rare cases, white-headed pimples. These pimples and bumps are around the hair and, if not treated properly, might develop into scabs or itchy crust.
Other, more severe symptoms are clusters of puss-filled of blisters, burning or tender skin, and large swollen bumps on the skin.
The condition is not dangerous in itself, but you can make your life worse by scratching it. Excessive scratching will almost certainly lead to an infection, which may lead to permanent hair loss. You might think that a permanent hair loss might be a good thing (you won’t have to shave as much) but hair is connected to the touch receptors in our skin and may serve as a protective warning device.
There are two main types of hair folliculitis: superficial and deep.Superficial FolliculitisSuperficial folliculitis affects only a part of the hair follicle. Its common forms are:
- Hot tub folliculitis – also called pseudomonas folliculitis, is caused by pseudomonas bacteria. This bacteria can be found in many places but is most common in hot tubs and pools where chlorine and pH leves are not properly regulated. Exposure to this bacteria causes round, itchy bumps.
- Bacterial folliculitis – is caused by staph bacteria. Staphylococcus bacteria resides on our skin all the time, but they only cause infection when they penetrate it(when we cut ourself for example). BF will cause white, pus-filled, icthy bumps
- Razor bumps – this is just a common skin irritation caused by ingrown hairs. It is most prominent on the face, neck and in the bikini area.
- Pityrosporum folliculitis – this type is caused by a yeast infection and results in chronic, itchy pustules.
Deep FolliculitisDeep folliculitis is a bit more dangerous and its most common formes are:
- Sycosis barbae – this type is associated with “first time” shaving and it is benign
- Gram-negative – gram-negative folloclitis is a deep infection caused by staph bacteria
- Boils – painful, pus-filled boils around the hair follicle indicate that a serious infection is raiging. It needs to be addressed immediatelly before it causes major damage
- Sosinopilic folliculitis – this type only affects people with AIDS/HIV. Its exact cause is still unknown, one thing we do know is that these itchy bumps may make the skin darker as they heal
Shaving is the most common cause of strawberry legs as it leads to ingrown hair.
Most cut hairs will grow back through the skin once you cut them; while some may start developing underneath it. This occurrence is more common in individuals with thick hair, as opposed to ones with thin, fine hair.
Since the hair starts growing into the skin, our body refers to it as a “foreign object,” and our immune system responds accordingly by “attacking it.”
This is when the symptoms start to appear – itching, burning, swelling, and white bumps.
In some cases, the skin around the follicle may become slightly darker, leading to strawberry skin appearance.
Properly moisturized skin is a healthy skin. What happens in dry summer months (as well as those cold, windy ones) is that your skin dries out.
Dried out skin loses its ability to shed dead cells effectively, so they start building up. This buildup will, in turn, hinder skin shedding even more and cause even more significant problems(might also lead to an infection).
The solution? Using a proper moisturizer will usually do the trick.
Our age-old archnemesis – acne! Acne is so common and widespread that most of us had them at least at some point in their lives(some still do).
Acne commonly occurs in puberty as this is the time when oil production kicks into high gear. Though they are not dangerous, they can leave nasty scars… on your skin as well as on your self-esteem.
Oil glands are to blame here as they will clog your pores and cause dead skin cells and dirt buildup. Though the pores are clogged, they remain opened, come in contact with air and oxidize, which results in hyperpigmentation(darker skin).
How Do You Get Rid Of Strawberry Legs
Finally, we get to the section you’ve all been waiting for – how to get rid of these dark spots! The crucial thing to remember here is clearing up your pores.
So, in the following paragraphs, we’ll be covering some of the most effective ways you can unclog your pores, keep your skin clean and get rid of strawberry legs.
Efoliate With Baking Soda
- Wash your legs with warm water and pat them dry using a cotton towel
- Grab a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and some water
- Mix to form a paste
- Apply the paste and rub in circular motions for 2-3 minutes over the affected area
- If you run out of paste just add more baking soda
- Once you are done rubbing, wash the debris off with warm water and pat your legs dry
- Apply toner to moisturize and seal off the pores
Baking soda is one of the best, low-cost scrubbing agents you can use since it will soften the sebum, open up your pores, scrub the debris, but do it gently. It won’t damage or irritate your skin but will do a proper job of cleaning it!
Cucumber And Sugar Body Scrub
- Grab a blender and add 2 cups of white sugar, 11/2 cup of cucumber, 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- Blend 30-60 seconds, pour into a glass jar and put into a refridgerator
- After one hour, grab your jar and apply your scrub to the problematic area
- Rub for 2-3 minutes and then move on to the next area
- After you are done wash it away with hot water and pat your legs dry
- Apply a toner
Cucumber is a fantastic moisturizer, so it won’t dry your skin as you exfoliate. Natural vegetable oils found in it will also lighten your skin and detoxify and improve your complexion.
DIY Green Tea Scrub For Strawberry Legs
- Wash your legs with warm water and pat dry
- Grab a bowl and add contents of 4 green tea bags, 11/2 of white sugar and 1/2 of coconut oil
- Mix it into a paste
- Apply to your skin in circular motions for 2 minutes
- Wash it off and pat yourself dry
In addition to drinking green tea, you can reap its benefits by applying it to the skin. Studies have shown that it protects the skin from harmful effects of the sun, acts as antioxidant and even has anti-inflammatory properties.
Using An Epilator Instead Of Shaving
Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that using an epilator is painful, lasts longer, and may cause skin irritation initially.
If we compare it to shaving, it doesn’t stand a chance! Or does it?
Though shaving is quicker and less painful, it comes with a few noticeable drawbacks – the hair grows back faster and thicker, leave you with a stubby look, the possibility of cutting yourself and, of course, causing ingrown hair and strawberry legs!
Though using an epilator will hurt at first, most users agree that the pain tolerance increases over time and it hurts way less. So, once you get over that initial hurdle, you can reap some of the benefits that come with using it:
- The hair will grow slower and be thinner
- Skin will look and feel smoother
- Less ingrown hair
- Decreased probability for strawberry legs
Aloe Vera Sugar Scrub
- Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Mix into a paste
- Apply and rub for at least 1 minute over the problematic area
- After you are done, rinse it off and pat yourself dry
Aloe vera is an amazing plant as it fights acne, cleanses your skin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and nourishes your skin.
And as for lemon juice, it will scrub excess dirt and grime from your skin, exfoliate but also make your skin lighter. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and citric acid which may, over time, make your skin appear brighter.
No, we didn’t switch to talking about headaches. Actually, salicylic acid, a derivative of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), has been used for centuries (dating as far back as 5th century BC) to remove excess skin oil and dead skin cell buildup.
It will also clear up redness, swelling, repair your damaged hair follicles, and lessen the effects of a skin infection.
Sea Salt Scrub
Making a sea salt scrub is easy and simple, as long as you buy sea salt and coconut oil.
All you need is one cup of sea salt and a half a cup of oil, and you are good to go. Mix if for a few minutes and rub it on your skin in circular motions.
Make sure you buy fine sea salt as coarse salt is too abrasive.
Alpha And Beta Hydroxy Acid
Both alpha and beta hydroxy acids are used in skincare industry to exfoliate the skin.
The only difference between the two is that AHA is water soluble while BHA is only soluble in oils.
Though they are becoming increasingly popular, no definitive scientific studies are proving their effectiveness.
How To Prevent Strawberry Legs?
When it comes to strawberry legs (as with many other skin conditions), it is better to work on preventing it then addressing it after it has already happened.
Since the main reason, you get ingrown hairs, stubs, and strawberry legs is shaving, we are going to offer you some tips to make it as smooth as possible.
We’ll start with the razor. Make sure it’s:
- Clean – many bacteria can reside on the razor without you even knowing it. A single use can result in whole colonies of bacteria, so using a disposable razor is a sound option. If you don’t want to have to buy a new razor everytime you shave,
you can clean the one you have after use. All you need to do is rinse it under hot water and after it’s fully dry, submerge it in alcohol for a few seconds
- Sharp – a dull blade will tug and pull on your hair and cause irritation, so make sure the blade is sharp before you commit to shaving
Before you even start shaving, you should try exfoliating your legs, keeping the skin on your legs clean and healthy will ensure a smoother shave.
And after you are done shaving, you should try washing your legs in cold water, without soap(as it may irritate the skin). After you pat your legs dry, apply some gentle aftershave and put on something cozy until your skin goes back to normal. References:1. Oford Dictionary – Comedo2. Medicinenet – Medical Definition Of A Hair Follicle3. MedlinePlus – FolliculitisFeatured image source: Designed by Freepik
Strawberry legs Symptoms
Basically, the strawberry legs symptoms are very simple and most importantly they are very much visible for the ordinary eye.
There is sometimes a slight confusion between strawberry legs and skin rash.
Below are few of the symptoms in order to be able to distinguish them from a common skin rash.
These are spots which appear on your skin after removing hair. The dark spots are a result of unlogged pores.And due to the fact that you didn’t manage to remove all of the hair properly.
This leads to ingrown hair which primarily contributes to the creation of dark spots on your skin.
Typically everyone can notice a soft skin after hair removal. However, if you happen to feel rough and bumpy skin you are likely to get strawberry legs.
This happens when you have dry skin or do not exfoliate properly before you shave.
Dry skin is really difficult to manage when it comes to shaving. Most people end up developing strawberry legs due to the fact that the razor blade can’t reach the hair follicles and results in some type of skin inflammation which shows on the skin as dark spots(1)
Razor bumps can occur because of different reasons such as dry skin, lack of moisturizing, no exfoliation prior to shaving.
The hair follicles underneath the skin can’t find a way to come out so they appear as dark spots on your legs.
Another reason is that your shaving technique isn’t the best out there and you need to change it along with your razor.
One of the symptoms is skin discoloration, where parts of your leg tend to be darker than other parts due to a certain illness you have, dry skin, sensitive skin, skin rash due to your razor and other reasons.
As a result different red spots start to appear on your legs.
Strawberry legs Causes
Skin types differ from one to another, consequently, the reason behind strawberry legs differ as well. If you do not know ow the actual reason behind yours, here are few causes that might be causing it that you were not aware of.
Removing your hair using shaving rather than shaving is maybe the cause of your strawberry legs. In fact, it is proven that shaving has less efficiently the hair from the roots as much as wax does, which leads to the appearance of dark dots. You probably shave in the wrong way and you haven’t even noticed it.
Since the right way to shave is to move your razor along with the natural way the hair grows not the opposite.
By this, you are contributing to the possibility of missing hair and causing the hair to curve underneath your skin instead of getting shaved. And that’s how you develop razor bumps as well (2).
This usually happened to people with large pores. If you have large pores and you do not exfoliate your skin before shaving, you are probably going to notice dark spots on your legs. When you shave without exfoliating your legs your shaving will be difficult.
Thus, your razor won’t move smoothly and you end up causing razor bumps and dark dots due to the fact that the razor didn’t remove the entire hair follicles underneath the skin (3).
If you have a dry skin type you might want to use wing rather than shaving. Your dry skin can get irritated very easily due to the least friction that might happen.
That is why using a blade razor won’t help much to avoid inflammation. Your dry skin basically has a very high risk of developing irritation due to razors and creams since there layer protecting your skin is not doing its job properly.
They are red spots which appear due to improper shaving. Whether you are using the wrong shaving technique, not using enough shaving creams, using old razors or even not opening your pores prior to shaving.
It is very important to know the correct way of shaving in order to avoid these bumps.
READ How to get rid of razor bumps anywhere on the body fast
The term refers to the blockage on the level of hair follicles. This happens when the keratin which protects the skin starts to pile up until it clogs your hair follicles, and that is how you notice dark spots appearing.
People tend to suffer from it mainly during winter when the moisture level decreased due to the weather (4).
Your razor is a very important factor when it comes to strawberry legs. If your blade is old it causes skin irritation and itchiness when it is not sanitized it causes inflammation, and when you use it in the wrong direction of hair growth it results in sloppy shaving with razor bumps and ingrown hair.
You need to always make sure to use a clean and very sharp razor to make things easier for you.
This means the inflammation of your hair follicles. This skin condition develops due to the spread of bacteria or infection and causes itchiness, pain, and the appearance of red spots and bumps along your legs area.
This is why you need to be very careful and contact your doctor if your symptoms start to get severe.
Can strawberry legs be cured?
It depends on the cause of it, your skin type and the type of treatment you choose.
Sometimes you can minimize it using home remedies so it can be invisible and other times you can cure it once and for all for example if you use laser hair removal but it can be expensive a little bit and it requires several session so it depends on your budget and what you prefer by the way you’ll find in this articles almost all techniques that cure strawberry legs.
You need to consult a doctor about the appropriate procedure and its intensity. do not stress because it is a very common condition that can be resolved very easily.
Home Remedies to get rid of Strawberry Legs
Home remedies are conventional ways to reduces and treat your simple skin conditions such as strawberry legs.
The exfoliation step is very crucial prior to shaving. You must make sure that your pores are open and unclogged in order to be able to remove the hair smoothly and entirely.
You have to use exfoliating creams or natural exfoliators such as sugar, honey, and lemon. The scrub helps to smoothie your skin and get rid of the dirt and dead skin that causes strawberry legs (5).
Using the waxing method helps to cure your strawberry legs naturally. You can only notice results when you wax regularly without returning to shaving.
Waxing is more gentle on the skin and works to remove the hair from the roots preventing the appearance of the dark dots.
This is a type of natural scrub which can be used on other parts than legs even the face. It exfoliated the skin and gets rid of the dead skin, smooth your skin, and opens up your pores.
What you need to do is the following:
- Mix some milk with salt in a bowl.
- Wet your legs with some warm water.
- Scrub your legs gently, in order to open up your pores.
- Rinse it off with Lukewarm water.
- Use a moisturizer after you finish.
Aloe Vera is an ingredient which is known to heal the skin, smoother it and refine it. It helps nourish your skin and decrease you’re your enlarged pores.
- Take some of the Aloe Vera gel, mix it with some sugar and few drops of lemon juice.
- Apply the mixture on your legs and scrub it gently for few minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water and tap it dry.
- Moisturize your legs after to help keep your pores closed.
You may already have this ingredient in your house because it is accessible at the majority of households. Baking soda is an excellent exfoliation product it has a deep cleansing and exfoliating effect, which helps keep your pores unclothed and dirt free.
- Take some Baking soda with some milk.
- Scrub the mixture on your legs gently for few seconds and leave it to dry on your legs.
- Rinse it off, then moisturize to protect the pores and soften your skin.
This type of oil is known for its anti-bacterial effect. It protects the skin from harsh sensation and inflammation.
- Mix some tea tree oil with some coconut oil in a bowl.
- Apply the scrub on your legs and scrub gently.
- Leave it for a few minutes then rinse it off.
A lot of women tend to use an electric epilator for various reasons such as less time and effort as well as more cleaner and effective better than shaving and waxing.
The epilator removes the hair from the deep roots without irritating the skin or causing enlarged pores. It works to protect the skin and keeps it tight and smooth.
This remedy is known to be effective for ages. Rose water helps reduce irritation and inflammation. It also helps reduce large pores in a major way.
- Blend some cucumber with drops of rose water.
- Apply on your legs and let it dry.
- Rinse it off and moisturize after.
Witch hazel is a great antioxidant remedy. It helps treat enlarged pores as well as prevents skin inflammation from developing especially after shaving.
That is why you need to always rub your legs with witch hazel after shaving because it will close up your pores and prevent strawberry legs.
Egg white is an alternative for pore minimizing creams. it uses its elements in order to tighten your skin which means decreasing the size of your pores. this will help the process of treating your strawberry legs.
All you have to do is mix eggwhite with some drops of lemon juice and apply it directly on your legs. after that, you leave it to dry and wash it with cold water. again you need to moisturize after it.
How to prevent Strawberry legs?
- Always exfoliate your skin prior to shaving.
- If you have sensitive skin try waxing rather than shaving.
- Make sure that your skin is always moisturized to prevent dark bumps.
- Use gentle loofahs to exfoliate.
- Try shaving during the shower in order to make use of the warm water that opens up the pores.
- Use sharp razor blade.
- Shave in the same direction as the hair growth.
Before and After Results
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You can prevent occurrence of strawberry legs by doing a number of things s listed below;
Exfoliate your legs some days before shaving.
This is meant to get rid of any dirt that may trigger formation of black spots. It is also a way of keeping the skin pores open for proper air circulation.
As mentioned in the causes, improper shaving is the most common cause of strawberry legs. You can therefore prevent the comedones by simply following the right procedure when shaving your legs. Below are directions on how to shave correctly;
- Before shaving, soak your legs in warm water for about five minutes to soften you skin and keep the pores open. This is a way of drawing out any impurities stuck inside your pores.
- Ensure that the razor blades you use are clean and sharp. Every time you have to use a razor to shave, you are advised to use a new one. If you must shave with a used razor, sterilize it first.
- In preparation for shaving, apply coconut oil on your legs so as to moisturize the skin.
- Apply a shaving cream, preferably, a natural one such as one made of aloe vera. Start to shave in the direction of hair growth. Ensure you do not apply too much pressure on the razor when shaving.
- When through with shaving, wash the legs with cold water. You should then complete the process by apply an after shaving cream which has moisturizing effects.
- You are advised not to use soap instead of a shaving cream since that may make the razor less efficient. It is better to use a conditioner in lace of the shaving cream in case you run out of it. Soap should never be an option.
- Develop a habit of washing your legs with salicylic acid in order to constantly exfoliate your skin. This is a great way to prevent possible occurrence of black spots.
- Replace bath mits and wash clothes frequently. This is to prevent possible accumulation of dirt or bacteria both of which are possible causes of strawberry legs.
- Try other shaving methods which do not involve use of a razor such as waxing and use of creams that get rid of unwanted hairs.
What causes my strawberry legs?
Open comedones on the legs may be clogged with dead skin, ingrown hair, dirt, and sebum or skin oil. Once these particles, such as skin oil, get clogged in the pores, the air will harden it, resulting in a darker spot.
Poor shaving is the most common cause of strawberry legs. This can result from a dull razor that is unable to uproot hair follicle completely. This leaves the hair follicle open and exposed to air, eventually oxidizing it. (Read more about ‘How to get rid of razor burns‘)
The good news, however, is that there are various strawberry legs treatment options available to women with this problem. And each of these treatments specifically targets the main cause of the problem. For instance, Tend Skin Solution nips strawberry legs right on its root cause. This after shave solution effectively reduces unsightly ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness after shaving.
How to get rid of strawberry legs?
Getting rid of strawberry legs shouldn’t be difficult. It’s actually easy! In fact, you can even make your own home remedies and DIY strawberry legs treatment. There are actually many very affordable treatments that you can find in your home. These methods will guarantee lasting and permanent solution as long as you do it regularly and follow the prevention steps.
Home remedies may take time to show expected results but these are proven safe and easy.
Cucumber juice is known to have skin lightening properties which can be used to help reduce the visible dark pores in your legs. Since it is natural and gentle, this remedy can be used even for sensitive skin.
To make a cucumber paste, simply peel a cucumber and mash it or use a blender to make it a smooth paste. Apply the cucumber juice on your legs once or twice a day, usually in the morning. Leave the paste for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
Check out this video and see how you can use cucumber juice to get rid of strawberry legs.
Exfoliating the skin is still the best treatment for strawberry legs. There are several effective, natural skin exfoliating remedies that you can find at home:
- A combination of brown sugar and olive oil,
- A mixture of salt plus buttermilk,
- A mixture of brown sure, aloe vera gel, and lime juice,
- A mixture of baking powder and warm water to be massaged into your skin.
If you have no time to make these natural remedies, you can always visit your local store and find over-the-counter skin exfoliation scrubs. These scrubs have lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid as active ingredients.
There is a wide array of options from natural, organic skin exfoliating formulas to chemical-based formulations. If you are to buy these chemical after shaves or scrubs, be sure to read their labels carefully, especially if you have sensitive skin.
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How long does it take to get rid of strawberry legs?
You may be wondering, how long does it take to get rid of strawberry legs? There’s actually no definite answer to this question. Some would see great results in just a few days while other will count weeks. It actually depends on how well your skin responds to the treatment and how careful you are in following your chosen regimen.
But one thing is for sure, if you want to get rid of strawberry legs fast, you have to go with proven solutions. The Kerah Lane Organic Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Formula offers an all-natural solution to your skin woes! It’s a proven formula that concocts all the best organic compounds to guarantee that strawberry legs are banished forever.
And finally, if you want to get rid of strawberry legs and prevent it from coming back, be sure to shave correctly.
More Tips to Help Get Rid Of and Prevent Strawberry Legs
- Replace wash clothes, loofahs, and bath mits frequently: This often harbor bacteria and could be a contributing factor to strawberry legs.
- Use soaps with salicylic acid: This will help to exfoliate the skin and prevent the recurrence of those open comedones (dark pores) on the legs.
- Exfoliate your legs a days before shaving.
There you go. You now know how to get rid of strawberry legs. If the problem persists or gets worse, even with the use of the above home remedies, consider talking to your doctor or dermatologist about medical treatment options such as laser hair removal.
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