If you’ve noticed dark or little red spots on your legs, you probably have strawberry legs. Strawberry legs is far from a medical term, but it got its name because the spots on your legs tend to resemble the seeds on a strawberry. The spots are simply hair follicles or enlarged pores that contain trapped oil, bacteria, and dead skin. If you suffer from this strawberry skin, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s not dangerous to your health in any way. It just tends to make women self-conscious. Luckily, with a proper skin care routine, you can wave goodbye to strawberry legs.
What causes strawberry legs?
Improper shaving techniques with old, dull razors or without shaving cream can cause your skin more harm than good. Razor burn can lead to strawberry legs and shaving in general can result in ingrown hairs, which can also cause the appearance of strawberry legs.
Just like the pores on your face, the pores on your legs can become enlarged and clogged with oil, bacteria, and dead skin. Clogged pores can turn dark after being exposed to air because the oil and debris darkens as it dries.
This is a skin condition that creates the appearance of dry patches and tiny bumps. This is caused by the buildup of keratin that blocks the opening of the hair follicle, giving you the appearance of strawberry skin.
When hair follicles become inflamed, it’s known as folliculitis. This can result in the appearance of strawberry legs and can be further inflamed by razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
Getting rid of strawberry legs
Don’t go overboard with exfoliating every single day (that’s not good for your skin), but do exfoliate at least once a week to keep pores from getting clogged. Gently scrubbing your legs with a washcloth or loofah can get the job done. If you’re looking for a good body scrub, we recommend something with a gentle formula that won’t irritate the pores.
Shave correctly every time
We get it. No one likes to shave in the direction your leg hair grows but it’s the best way to prevent razor bumps and burns. During or directly after a warm shower is the best time to shave because your pores will be open. When you shave, use a sharp razor that doesn’t require you to apply too much pressure and use shaving cream or gel to protect the skin.
When your skin is hydrated, the appearance of strawberry legs usually improves.
Waxing or epilating
If shaving is the culprit to your strawberry legs, try waxing or epilating to pull the hair right from the source. Waxing is good for getting rid of dead skin, and you won’t have to worry about razor bumps or your hair growing back in for a longer amount of time.
Laser hair removal
If you’re tired of shaving and never want to do it again, go for laser hair removal! It typically takes two to six treatments to work and it’s safe for the skin. Learn more about laser hair removal services at ANU Medical Spa. Winter is the best time to start so by summer, your legs are hair-free!
Try out some of these tips and be patient! The dark spots might not go away immediately, but with enough consistent exfoliation, moisturization, and use of proper shaving techniques, you’ll be on your way to gorgeous, clear legs!