How to Improve the Look of Strawberry Legs
Updated: May 4, 2020
With summer soon to be upon us, for some, comfortably and confidently baring your legs may not be possible! I’ve had many questions from followers and clients regarding strawberry legs, especially with regards to getting rid of them. For those who don’t know, strawberry legs are dark pores and bumps found on the follicles on your body (usually legs). I’ve done quite a bit of research on the condition, and this is what I found;
Just like with every other blog post I’ve written, I think it’s important to find the cause of the problem. There are a few reasons for strawberry legs; shaving, dry skin, keratosis pilaris, folliculitis, and clogged pores seems to be the reasons that tops the lists! Essentially strawberry legs are caused by debris, oil, dirt, ingrown hairs, and possible infections (like bacteria, yeast, and/or fungus) built up in the pores under the skin.
Laser Hair Removal – this is by far one of the most recommended solutions to treating strawberry legs! Laser hair removal will shrink the follicle size, remove ingrown hairs, and will also treat the skin. The heat of the laser will gently slough away layers of the skin which also helps with removing the dark dots on your legs and cleaning out the pores. (If you are interested in laser hair removal, please contact #LookOfLoveLashes to book a consultation).
Exfoliate – before I started lasering my leg hair away, I started to get a very small form of strawberry legs. It was not at all severe, and the hairs underneath my skin were very fine, however I made sure to not let it worsen. I started exfoliating my legs every night in a hot shower. Knowing that clogged pores are one of the key culprits to strawberry legs, I made sure to keep my skin super clean. I would exfoliate my legs every night, apply shaving cream to them after, and then shave my legs with a sharp razor to prevent ingrowns. After that, I’d moisturize my legs with a natural oil like coconut or jojoba oil.
Exfoliating frequently is especially important when waxing. Waxing pulls the hairs right out of the follicle and can sometimes take off the rough dead skin on top. Without exfoliating, the hair will grow back and a new layer of skin will replace the one that was taken off. The new hair may not be able to properly penetrate the skin, thus causing the clogging and ingrown hair. Exfoliating will force the skin to constantly replenish itself and will open the pores so the new hair can come through. Ground coffee beans actually make an AMAZING body exfoliator. My skin always feels so soft and supple after using coffee grounds, and although my strawberry legs weren’t too serious, I did see a decrease in the size of the follicles after religiously exfoliating with it for about 3 weeks.
Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer - Cleaning your legs with antibacterial soap like tea tree soap, carbolic soap, salicylic or benzoyl soap will give your legs a deep cleanse and kill any bacteria/fungus that may lay beneath the skin causing the condition.
Toning your skin after exfoliating in a warm shower will help with unclogging your pores. My favourite toner is Witch Hazel. It’s thorough but not too strong. Use this consistently and you will see results after a few weeks!
After toning your legs, using a good moisturizer will help keep your skin soft, reduce darkening of the pores, and lessen your chances of getting irritation or razor burn on your legs. Just be sure to thoroughly clean off the moisturizer every shower so that it doesn’t clog your pores ;)
At home epilators - The feeling of an electrical hand held epilator is similar to the feeling of waxing. It’s pulling the hairs right out of the follicle, however it’s not as irritating to the skin as waxing is. This treatment is also proven to help prevent strawberry legs.
If you’re skin becomes more severe with strawberry legs or if you have folliculitis, then it’s definitely time to see your dermatologist or family doctor. They’ll be able to prescribe oral or topical medication that will clear up the condition, and you’ll be able to confidently show off your beautiful legs again!