The name ‘Strawberry Legs’ may sound cute but it can be quite annoying. Have you ever wondered what those tiny dark spots on your legs are?
Strawberry legs refer to the appearance of black spots that resemble strawberry seeds. It occurs due to the hair follicles or enlarged pores containing a trapped mixture of oil, dead skin, and bacteria. When the follicle of the clogged pore is exposed after shaving, and air reaches the oil inside, it oxidizes and turns dark.
What triggers ‘Strawberry Legs’?
Strawberry legs are caused due to:
- Overly dry skin
- Enlarged hair follicles can trap dirt and oil
- The skin on the legs can become clogged with bacteria, dead skin, and debris
- Razor burns can lead to strawberry legs and can also result in ingrown hair
- Genetic factors might cause strawberry legs
How to get rid of it?
- Properly exfoliate at least once a week with homemade scrubs like coffee or honey sugar scrubs
- Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated can maintain the Ph level of the skin
- Moisturizing regularly with olive oil can effectively keep dark spots at bay
- Wear sunscreen all time, even at home.
- Consult a professional
- Replace old razor with a new one to avoid razor burns
- Use a gentle body wash that contains salicylic acid to avoid irritation and itchiness
- To remove dead cells from the skin use a chemical exfoliant which is gentler and less damaging than a physical exfoliant
- Try waxing as shaving cream can be hard and irritating. Waxing will leave you hair-free for almost 3 weeks
- After shaving or waxing apply aloe vera gel to heal razor burns