Having satin-smooth skin is literally every girl’s dream but there’s always some stubborn condition, waiting right around the corner to shatter it for us. And today we will be discussing one such stubborn skin condition known as “Strawberry Legs”.
Well, as sweet as it sounds, believe me, it’s not. In this article, we are going to discuss all the aspects concerned with it, such as what exactly do they mean, what causes them, and how you can get rid of them. And we are also going to learn some preventive measures to avoid having anything stopping us from having flawless skin.
What Are Strawberry Legs?
The term “strawberry legs” is used to describe a common condition in humans when enlarged pores and hair follicles trap a mixture of oil, bacteria and dead skin cells inside that appear like small black dots on legs.
Strawberry legs are also called open comedones that cause your skin to look dotted or pitted that resembles the surface of a strawberry, hence the name.
The condition can be caused by several reasons and could also feature some variations. Below we have discussed all the things that could cause you to have strawberry legs and how will they appear.
What Causes Strawberry Legs?
There are many reasons behind the appearance of strawberry legs and they could overlap with each other. Let’s take a look at what may have triggered it in your case:
- Overly Dry Skin
Dry skin is an open invitation to so many skin conditions that we have lost count. And strawberry legs is another guest. Having overly dry skin can not only cause but exacerbate the problem.
Mixed with other causes, dryness will only contribute to making the appearance of strawberry legs look more obvious.
When we shave our legs improperly with old and dull razors, without proper moisturization, it becomes the major contributor to strawberry legs. Not just this, but shaving improperly can also cause you to have razor burns, folliculitis, and ingrown hairs and all of them are pretty bad.
Folliculitis is caused by the inflammation and infection of hair follicles triggered by their exposure either by shaving, waxing, or any other hair removal method.
It can also result from yeast, fungal, and bacterial infection.
- Clogged Pores
Your skin contains countless pores and these pores sometimes get clogged by dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria, etc. And when the oil inside the pores gets exposed to the sunlight, it tends to get black which makes your skin look blackened and dotted.
- Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris is also a skin condition that can be caused by tiny accumulations of keratin protein and deep epithelial cells that might make your skin rough and hard to touch. It gives out the appearance of tiny pimples, goosebumps, or chicken-like skin.
The reason for Keratosis Pilaris is chemical exposure, low humidity, etc.
Symptoms of Having Strawberry Legs
Even though Strawberry Legs does feature a pretty distinctive appearance on the skin, there are also some tell-a-tale signs that confirm its presence. Let’s check them out:
- Open pores getting blackened or darkened
- Skin begins to look dotted or pitted
- Dark dots appearing on the skin after shaving
- Itching, irritation, and inflammation of the skin
Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Strawberry Legs
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera with its excellent healing properties and powerful moisturization proves to be very effective for Strawberry Legs.
Ingredients: 1 fresh leaf of Aloe Vera
Procedure: Extract the fresh aloe vera gel from the leaf and massage it on your legs for a minute or two. Let the gel dry on the legs and later rinse it water. Finish up the process by applying moisturizer to your legs.
2. Sea Salt
Sea Salt is packed with numerous minerals and is a great source of magnesium, potassium, calcium, etc. The intake of sea salt helps in pH balance and when there is a deficiency of these minerals in your body, it suffers from dryness, itching, roughness, etc and the use of sea salt works wonders in this case.
Ingredients: ¼ cup sea salt, ½ cup coconut oil
Procedure: Make a thick paste by mixing both the ingredients together. Apply the paste on your legs and scrub the mixture gently for a minute or two then rinse with water.
Exfoliation is a proven remedy for treating strawberry legs. When you exfoliate your skin, it helps you get rid of dead skin cells and any bacteria that may be present on the top layer. After exfoliating your legs twice a week, you will automatically experience the difference.
Ingredients: Brown Sugar, a tablespoon of honey, olive oil, or almond oil as needed.
Procedure: Mix the ingredients together and make a thick paste. Rub the paste gently on your legs and let it exfoliate for a few minutes. Finish it off by rinsing with water.
- Baking soda
Baking Soda possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help the skin is glowing and exfoliate. Its use is also known for treating severe dryness of the skin.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon of water.
Procedure: Make a paste by adding both the ingredients. Apply the paste to the affected area on the legs, leave it for 4 to 5 minutes. After the dries on your legs, rinse it with water.
- Buttermilk Bath
Buttermilk is considered as the natural chemical exfoliant because of the presence of lactic acid. Using buttermilk will leave your skin radiant and smooth
Ingredients: a cup full of buttermilk, a bucket of water
Procedure: Add the buttermilk to your bathwater. Let your legs soak in it for a few minutes. Later shower as usual.
- Ground Coffee
Ground Coffee works as a fabulous exfoliating agent and caters to making your skin radiant.
Ingredients: ground coffee, palm sugar, and coconut oil
Procedure: Mix equal portions of coffee and sugar together and half a portion of coconut oil. Make sure they are at room temperature. Make a thick scrub and rub it on your legs. Finish the process by rinsing with water.
- Rose Water and Cucumber
Cucumber is a rich source of vitamin-c and thereby it helps in getting rid of skin irritation and possesses anti-inflammatory and calming properties. And rosewater is great for clogged pores
Ingredients: a cucumber, few drops of rose water
Procedure: Blend the cucumber till it makes a thick paste. Add rose water to the mixture and mix it properly. Apply the paste on your legs and let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes. After drying, rinse your legs with water
- Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Oil
Ingredients: a tablespoon of jojoba oil, two to three drops of tea tree oil
Procedure: Massage your legs with the combination of both these oils for a while. Let the skin absorb it for a good 10 minutes. Later rinse your legs with water.
- Egg Whites and Lemon Juice
Egg Whites, apart from being a rich source of various nutrients, is also great for skin tightening and radiance. It helps greatly in the nourishment of skin and its use is also known for reducing pores. Lemon Juice is also known for brightening of skin and is a natural bleaching agent.
Ingredients: a tablespoon of lemon juice, egg white from an egg
Procedure: Mix both the ingredients together, apply the mixture on your legs and let it dry. After 10 to 15 minutes, rinse your legs with water.
Moisturization is actually more of a preventive measure than a remedy but even after you witness the problem, you can moisturize your skin to get better results.
Ingredients: any good moisturizer
Procedure: Apply the moisturizer to your legs daily before going to sleep or after taking a shower.
If your skin condition is too serious to be treated with natural remedies, then you may want to look into some permanent medical treatment options. There are two kinds of treatment that are worth considering when it comes to strawberry legs:
- Electrolysis: This treatment is used for stopping ingrown hairs from recurring. It works by using low levels of electricity directed at the affected area.
- Later Therapy: Laser Therapy is very precise option for professional treatment and with the help of it you can achieve permanent removal of hair.
Prevention from Strawberry Legs
When it comes to strawberry legs, the problem roots from your hair removal techniques and the dryness of your skin. So the prevention methods are related directly with them.
- Do not skip shaving cream when removing your hair with razor
- Use of epilaptor or waxing is advised for avoiding strawberry legs
- Moisturize your skin regularly
- Make sure to not use dull or old razors
- Keep yourself hydrated so that your skin will not feel irritated
- Use sunscreen on a daily basis
So this was everything that you need to know about strawberry legs, from meaning to causes, remedies, prevention, etc. Having the condition may e stubborn but if you follow the guide in the right way, then getting rid of it won’t be an impossible task.
I hope this article was able to help you in learning about strawberry legs. Do let us know in the comments if you have any queries concerned with the subject or if you would like to give us a feedback.