Strawberry legs! The name sounds funny, right, but it can really be a ‘pain in the bottoms’ when it happens. Having strawberry legs is a condition that affects millions, and the name is gotten from the dotted looks it comes with – the dots look like strawberry seeds. They can be caused by several factors, and all of them are discussed in this article. To know more about those nasty dark spots on the legs, what causes this skin condition and how to get rid of strawberry legs, read through this article.
Strawberry Legs Treatment & Prevention: Contents
Strawberry legs are little dark spots that show up all over your legs, which are even more visible when you have just shaved your legs or got waxed. It doesn’t come with any pain, neither is it harmful. But it sure can make you very self-conscious about exposing your legs. You might start avoiding that sundress you have looked forward to wearing.
The condition also makes your skin rough and forms mainly at the sites of your pores or hair follicle. If you are wondering how they might have formed on your body, read the next section.
A lot of things can be responsible for these dark spots showing up on your legs, and there might even be more than one factor responsible. But here are some very common causes of strawberry legs that have been discovered for you to know:
This happens when your hair follicle becomes inflamed usually because of exposure to bacteria, yeast or fungi. You might also have gotten it from shaving or waxing that might cause ingrown hair.
With the removal of old hair, new ones may find it difficult to find their way out again. What they do is getting curled up under the skin, resulting to blockage, and then strawberry legs appear. This type looks like a raised bump or a tiny pimple above your leg hair follicles. People who have a history of acne or dermatitis are usually more prone to this condition.
Your skin is supposed to keep specific invaders out by making the topmost layer protective. But any defect in this layer, and there will be a lot of opportunities for those invaders to get in. Shaving cream or certain chemical products used on dry skin will have the chance to cause irritation leading to strawberry legs.
If your body starts producing more keratin than it is supposed to, it can block your hair follicles, causing strawberry legs. Your skin will then become patchy and quite unappealing. Sometimes the condition tends to be seasonal, happening more during dry winter and also in summertime if you really like using the pool. The intensity also varies from one skin to another, depending on the skin pigmentation.
There are also times when strawberry legs happen due to enlarged, dark pores. If your skin secretes too much oil or sebum, the excess production can lead to clogged pores. This traps bacteria and dead skin, which will darken if exposed to air (oxidation) when you shave.
There are also other conditions that might make you get strawberry legs, but they are majorly linked to clogged pores or your body over-secreting certain chemicals.
Several skin conditions have their own unique symptoms, and even though they sometimes have a similar appearance, it is good to know when to visit the dermatologist. These are the common symptoms of strawberry legs:
• Open darkened pores on your legs.
• Black or brown dots all over your legs after shaving.
• Pitted appearance on your legs.
If you are experiencing inflammation, redness or swelling, then it might be another condition. Visit your doctor to rule out any other option and know the proper procedure to get rid of it.
After learning all about strawberry legs and its causes, we have gotten to the good stuff. We have some very easy techniques that will help you get rid of strawberry legs in no time.
Home Remedies for Strawberry Legs
There are several ways you can treat strawberry legs in the comfort of your home. All you just need to do is get the ingredient recommended in any procedure you choose and use according to direction.
Dead skin can lead to clogging of pores, and this can get your legs all spotty. To reduce dead skin, you can get an exfoliating product – either a physical body scrub or a chemical one. Take care to choose an exfoliator that comes with salicylic acid for better action against the condition. This process also works to prevent you from getting strawberry legs.
Cleansing clogged pores
Good hygiene is very compulsory for you to avoid several skin conditions, including strawberry legs. Below are some of the tips that can help you keep healthy skin and get rid of strawberry legs.
• After going out and getting all sweaty, get back into the showering in the evening and get rid of any dried sweat.
• You should also take an excellent shower before leaving home in the morning.
• For proper cleansing, use a washcloth to dry your legs, and make sure you move it in the direction of hair growth.
• Lastly, cleansers with fragrance might cause irritation for legs, so choose the ones that have the label ‘gentle cleanser.’
Use Cucumber Paste with Rose Water
This is one combination that will undoubtedly do wonders by removing any signs of strawberry legs. The two ingredients help to soothe legs and beautify your skin.
On its own, cucumber is quite famous for being rich in vitamin C, an anti-oxidant, and can protect your skin from irritation, reducing swelling. Rose water also calms the skin and stops your pores from getting clogged.
To prepare the paste;
• Get one cucumber and mash it in a blender.
• Put in a few drops of rose water and mix until you get a paste.
• Rub the paste on your legs and allow your skin to absorb it for about 10 minutes.
• Rinse it off and go over the routine daily.
Brown Sugar, Aloe Vera & Lemon Juice
These three ingredients are perfect for exfoliation. To make it, add two parts brown sugar and aloe vera to one-part lemon juice. Then use it to rub the spots in a circular motion with a loofah, cloth or brush. Doing this for a few weeks will help you get rid of strawberry legs.
Clinical Treatments for Strawberry Legs
If you have tried all the home remedies we recommended above, and it still seems like the condition isn’t getting any better, then, it’s time to visit the dermatologist. You should also see the doctor if you have recurrent acne or ingrown hair. Your dermatologist might recommend a prescription for any of the causes we listed in the second section. You might also be asked to undergo the following procedures:
Laser Hair Removal
This procedure is used to destroy hair follicles that are clogging your pores beneath the skin. A pulse of concentrated light is targeted towards the affected area, and after about three to eighth treatments, hair growth reduces. Some stubborn hairs might come back, but your dermatologist should be able to recommend the right strength of laser for your condition and level of pigmentation.
Although you might have tried the home remedies for exfoliating, your dermatologist still might recommend a chemical cream to help you remove dead cells. The creams usually have salicylic acid and glycolic acid and will undoubtedly be more effective.
If you don’t have strawberry legs, you can still do some things to make sure you don’t have this condition ever. To stop your pores from developing such nasty dark spots, try these tips:
Shave with Care
Strawberry legs can also be caused by the in-growing of new hair when you have shaved the old ones. To avoid this, follow the instructions below:
• Shave your legs in the direction of your hair growth – this is usually towards your feet. Move from the thigh to the feet and don’t press down too hard on the razor.
• Use warm water to rinse the razor at intervals between each shave. Try to get all the shaving cream and hair off the blade.
• Dry your legs by patting them dry with a towel, and then apply body lotion or aloe vera as moisturizer.
• For your next shave, it is essential to get rid of that dull blade and get yourself a fresh one. You don’t want bacteria creeping all over your clean, smooth skin.
Take a Buttermilk Bath
This is one luxurious option that you will undoubtedly enjoy while keeping your legs healthy. Since buttermilk naturally exfoliates, use one cup of buttermilk in your next bath. A nice long soak will leave you with softer, shiner and well-polished legs.
Moisturized skin is a sign of your cells in good health, and you should keep it that way. It will reduce your chances of getting infections by keeping your skin barrier intact. This also allows your skin to be softer and smoother with low risk of strawberry legs after shaving. So, try to run moisturizing lotion through your legs regularly. You can also use;
• Castor oil and aloe vera
• Coconut oil, almond oil or sandalwood oil
Use any of the two options to massage your legs for about five minutes to stay hydrated.
Maintain a Good Personal Hygiene
You should maintain a proper hygiene by making sure you take care of your body really well.
• Don’t go to bed with a sweaty body after a long, hot day.
• Make sure that you get the right type of body cleanser.
• Take a bath with cleanser sometimes.
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