Have you closely observed the texture of strawberry on its surface? You must have noticed how it appears like seeds were placed in a dotted manner on the fruit. Well, guess what, there are certain skin problems that resemble just like that — like a strawberry! And they are even named as “strawberry legs.” We’re sure most of you out there aren’t familiar with this skin problem unless and until you’ve been suffering from it already.
Summer or winter, whichever season it might be, women especially love flaunting off their legs. What happens when you have fine spotted pink to red dots all over your legs? You might think twice before wearing your short skirt or dress, right? Well, this issue of having pink to red spots all over your legs is known as strawberry legs. We’re not saying having them is harmful. However, its existence can make the self-esteem of women go down, the ladies might begin to feel very conscious about themselves. To all those who don’t know, here’s a good read for you to understand everything about strawberry legs.
What Causes Strawberry Legs?
Keratosis pilaris is the medical term used for strawberry legs. The word keratosis here refers to keratin. And in simpler terms, we can say that this condition is caused when pores of legs get clogged with the build-up of keratin. This build-up is what gives rise to the tiny bump just over the hair follicle. You can consider it as a chronic skin condition and is found to be common with people who have dry skin. And the strawberry legs usually appear after hair removal procedures are done mostly because of shaving. Here are some other factors that cause strawberry legs. Have a look.
- Enlarged Pores
In most of the cases observed, the dark spots on our legs which are referred to as strawberry legs are nothing but enlarged pores. They are technically better known as “open comedones.” These are usually caused by a result of excessive sebum or oil production of the skin. The excess sebum traps bacteria, clogs pores, and dead skin inside.
It is a medical term used for inflamed, infected hair follicles that lead to pimple-like bumps on the skin. In simpler terms, it can be called as an irritation of the hair follicle. Exposure to fungi, yeast, or bacteria can lead to such infections.
- Ingrown Hairs
After carrying out hair removal procedures like shaving, waxing, threading, the hair underneath the skin might have a tough time penetrating through the skin (outwards) to grow. In such instances, the hair curls back right under the surface and creates a blockage — this blockage is nothing but the small dark bumps on the surface of the skin.
Three Simple Ways To Keep Strawberry Legs Away
It’s one of the primary ways to get rid of strawberry legs. Your aim here is to remove the build-up of the pores to get rid of the dark bumpy spots. And exfoliation is the best way to keep your legs smooth and spotless.
We all already know that exfoliation is a process of removing oil, dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells from the skin. While you can buy exfoliating products from the store, we recommend that you use your kitchen ingredients for a healthier and natural experience. The DIY exfoliating scrubs can be made by using the below ingredients:
- Baking Soda + Water:
Mix both the ingredients in 1:1 ratio and apply it on the skin. Massage in circular movements for at least five minutes and then wash.
oil with one cup of salt. Mix and massage, then wash. This will help clear up the oil build-up.
- Ground Coffee:
Just take some coffee grounds and massage it on your legs while you shower. It not only helps eliminate strawberry legs, but it also helps fight the problem of cellulite.
2. Hair Removal
We need to make sure that we chose a hair removal method that suits our skin best. For example, if it’s shaving which is your preferred method, then make it point to exfoliate your legs a few days in advance so that you can have a smooth shaving experience.
Basic guidelines for shaving:
- Soak legs in lukewarm water to soften the hair follicles
- Use a sharp and a new razor
- Always shave in the direction of the hair growth
- After shaving, rinse legs in cold water to close the pores
- Apply an aftershave cream or lotion
There are other options of epilators and waxing as well. Choose the one that suits you best.
Dry skin is one of the main causes of strawberry legs. And if you want to eliminate it, you need to make sure to moisturize your skin regularly. Here’s a list of some natural moisturizers for you:
- Rose Water:
You can dab rose water on the legs and let it dry. Or you could mix it with mashed cucumber and apply it on legs. Leave it on for ten minutes and rinse.
- Aloe Vera:
It’s considered as a potent moisturizer as it has the power to bind water to the skin. Just extract the gel from aloe leaves and massage it on your legs.
- Tea Tree Oil:
It’s a miracle oil that helps to keep fungus and bacteria at bay and also protects skin from clogged pores. Just massage it onto your skin and notice the benefits yourself.
We definitely are not going to fool you by saying the above methods will help you say bye-bye to strawberry legs overnight. Because there is no fast cure. These are a step by step journal for you to help battle them out in a better manner. Do you have strawberry legs? What do you do to treat it? Let us know in the comments section below.
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