Strawberry legs occur when small black spots develop on the legs. These spots resemble strawberry seeds, otherwise known as comedones are those little dark bumps you get on your legs that look similar to the seeds on the skin of a strawberry. They’re often confused with a shaving rash, but they are actually caused by clogged pores and hair follicles. While improper shaving habits (like using a dull razor) could cause ingrown hairs creating the dark spots, strawberry legs can also be a result of dry skin, acne or folliculitis. It’s a condition more commonly found in people with darker skin, however, anyone can be affected. Thankfully, here are some easy ways to treat your skin to get rid of any unwanted blemishes. As this can cause a person embarrassment, but they are not usually itchy or painful. If a person does experience pain or itching, they should see a doctor, as it may indicate the presence of an underlying condition. Strawberry legs occur when enlarged pores or hair follicles trap dead skin, oil, and bacteria. A person often experiences strawberry legs following shaving. Other skin conditions that can cause strawberry legs include clogged pores, dry skin, and keratosis pilaris.
- Baking soda:
Baking soda works as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. It exfoliates your skin and makes it smooth and radiant. It is also known to prevent and treat severe dryness of the skin, by taking one tablespoon of soda per one teaspoon of water, and apply it to your legs on the problem area. Let it sit for about three to five minutes before rinsing off the mixture with cold water. The baking soda works as an anti-inflammatory and also exfoliates the area. If you want to add more texture to make this paste more effective, add a tablespoon of ground oatmeal. Repeat each day and notice results.
- Sea salt:
Sea salt is packed with minerals like calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals play a major role in our skin’s health and pH balance. When the mineral balance of the body is disturbed, our skin shows symptoms, such as dryness, itchiness, and irritation. Applying a sea salt scrub on the body removes dead cells from the skin’s surface and restores mineral balance in the body.
Keeping your legs well-exfoliated is one of the best ways to prevent the appearance of pesky strawberry legs. Exfoliating the skin will help rid you of any buildup of oil, dirt, or bacteria. Keeping your skin free from buildup will mean less risk of redness and irritation. It also means that the buildup won’t oxidize after being exposed to the air after shaving. And remember oxidized pores can cause dark pores.
Exfoliation also removes layers of dead skin cells. This means that hair will have a better chance of penetrating through the skin, instead of growing back into the skin, causing ingrown hairs or small bumps on skin.
To exfoliate, you can use a physical exfoliants with natural beads to scrub away layers of dead skin cells, revealing fresher, brighter skin.
You can also use a chemical exfoliants that contains alpha-hydroxyl acids. Alpha-hydroxyl acids are gentle compounds that stimulate the exfoliation of the top layers of skin. As a result, dull, rough skin is sloughed away, and renewed skin shows through.
- Aloe vera gel:
Aloe vera is a potent moisturizer. In fact, aloe vera contains mucopolysaccharides. These mucopolysaccharides have the ability of actually binding water to the skin – helping to keep your skin well-hydrated. Aloe vera also has properties that work against bacteria and fungi both of which can contribute to the development of folliculitis, “blackheads”, comedones, dark pores, and ultimately, strawberry legs.
Simply massage a couple of tablespoons of aloe vera gel into the skin for about five minutes, then rinse. The aloe vera is a very powerful moisturizer and has excellent skin healing properties, applying it every day will always keep the skin hydrated.
Equally important is to keep the area well moisturized (which is especially crucial after exfoliating or using products that dry out excess oils). Hydrated skin will be more pliable, less likely to get inflamed, and your hair will grow out more easily, as opposed to getting trapped underneath the surface. Applying oil and lotion on wet skin will allow the product to lock moisture in by trapping some of the water on the skin. Plus, the glycerin in the lotion helps to bind to water molecules, which not only gives a supple feeling but softens the skin barrier.
- Removal of hair on the leg:
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.
I would conclude be stating that, There are plenty of easy methods out there for you to try so there is no need to worry so much about strawberry legs. Although it may seem like a troublesome thing to deal with, having proper lifestyle habits should do the trick to avoid the problem in the first place.