You might have heard of the term strawberry legs. It’s referring to the darkened pores on the legs. The term comes from the pointed or pitted look that resembles a strawberry’s skin and seeds. These darkened pores are actually either a build-up of dirt, oil, and bacteria or a skin condition.
The open comedones that cause strawberry legs to appear are hair follicles or enlarged pores that contain a trapped oil, bacteria, and dead skin mixture. After shaving, it may darken when the follicle or pore is exposed to air.
If you want to get rid of those strawberry legs, trust me, you’re not alone. Although this condition is not dangerous, the appearance does bother.
This condition seems to be more common in people with darker skin, but anyone can be affected. Strawberry legs can appear as a result of dry skin, acne or folliculitis. There are several methods you can do to help your skin to hide your dark spots, and they have proved quite effective.
1 – Exfoliation
Exfoliation is a must. Doing this regularly can help you remove layers of dead skin, which makes the hair penetrates through the skin instead of growing back into the skin. There are a number of exfoliating products, but we always recommend and promote natural and healthy ingredients, like coffee. Use coffee grounds to apply to your affected areas. Do small and circular movements to apply, and massage for five minutes. Then rinse off.
2 – Shave With Care
Of the main contributors to strawberry legs are the ingrown hairs caused by a bad shaving technique. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of irritated legs:
- Exfoliate a couple of days before shaving.
- Soak your legs in warm water to soften the hair.
- Always use a sharp razor and shave in the direction hair grows.
- When finished, rinse in cold water to close pores.
3 – Keep Skin Moisturized
This is the most vital step in getting rid of strawberry legs. Moisturizing the skin regularly can help you keep your skin to be healthy and free from irritation. Irritation can increase after activities like shaving, so to protect your skin barrier and avoid dark pores, you need to moisturize frequently. Your skin will be softer and smoother.
4 – Buttermilk Bath Soak
- 4 cups of buttermilk powder.
- 8 cups of Epsom salts.
- 1/2 cup of chamomile.
- 1/2 cup of rose petals.
- 1/2 cup of lavender.
What To Do:
1. Mix the lavender, chamomile and rose petal and grind them to a fine powder.
2. Place the powder into a large bowl, add the epsom salt and buttermilk powder, and mix well.
3. Use 1 or 2 cups of the blend for bath soak.
5 – Aloe Vera Massage
Aloe vera is one of the most potent moisturizers. Aloe vera has the ability of actually binding water to the skin, helping to keep your skin well-hydrated. Aloe vera has also antibacterial and antifungal properties, both of which can help against the development of folliculitis, “blackheads”, comedones, dark pores, and ultimately, strawberry legs.
If home remedies do not work, strawberry legs can also be treated in a clinical setting by a trained professional. Permanent hair removal may include possible treatments.
- There’s electrolysis. This treatment consists of pinpointing irritated (or otherwise problematic) hair follicles with low electricity levels. Electrolysis prevents recurrence of incubated hairs.
- Therapy with lasers. While multiple treatments are required to achieve permanent hair removal, laser therapy is targeted and accurate. Even better, more than one follicle can be treated at a time. The process of laser therapy, which takes place between three and seven times, will not damage your skin.
If your doctor finds you are dealing with folliculitis, prescription therapies may be recommended to treat the hair follicles that are infected. These may include oral antibiotics and creams or gels with antibiotics.If the root of your folliculitis is a fungal infection (like yeast), an antifungal shampoo, cream, or oral antifungal treatment will be prescribed. Oral or topical anti – inflammatory medication may also be used to treat you.
What is the strawberry leg outlook?
Strawberry legs are easily handled for some people. Prevention measures and home remedies can go a long way, so you can eliminate your own strawberry legs successfully.
However, strawberry legs may recur more frequently for those with thicker body hair, darker skin pigmentation, and extra hair follicle challenges. If this is the case for you, your most effective long – term symptom relief option may be professional treatment options.