Do You Suffer From Strawberry Legs?
Have you ever come across “strawberry legs”?
The skin condition gets its name from the appearance of small black dots on the legs – similar to the dotted skin found on strawberries.
While the condition is not harmful, it can make some sufferers self conscious about the appearance of their less-than-perfect legs. The medical term is keratosis pilaris and it is more common in those with dry skin.
What causes strawberry legs?
- Dry skin affects the skin barrier which is in place to keep away foreign and other impurities. When the skin barrier is malfunctioning, irritation can be caused by dull razors or even the chemicals in shaving creams or other depilatories.
- Tiny bumps appear over the hair follicle. Such bumps often appear after shaving, or other removal of hair from the legs, after being exposed to the air. After shaving, the hair beneath the skin could be having difficulty in penetrating back out through the skin, causing it to curl under the surface and create a blockage.
- Apart from dry skin, the benign condition can occur when the pores in your legs become clogged with a build-up of keratin or too much production of oil or sebum. In many cases, the black spots are actually enlarged and dark pores. When the pores become clogged, bacteria and dead skin gets trapped inside.
How can you help to get rid of strawberry legs?
Exfoliation to remove any build-up of oil, dirt and bacteria and to removed layers of dead skin cells. One natural way to exfoliate is to use baking soda and water, making a thick paste with equal parts baking soda and water. Apply to the skin and massage using circular movements for some five minutes before washing off. Another recipe is to use one tablespoon of brown sugar to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Again, apply to the skin using circular motions for some five minutes before washing off.
Hair removal must be handled with care. If you prefer to shave, make sure to exfoliate several days before shaving. Then soak your legs in the warm water to soften the hair and prepare them for shaving. Always use a sharp razor, shaving in the same direction the hair grows. Then rinse in cold water to close your pores, minimizing their exposure to air. Ideally, your razor should be a safety razor that has just one blade going over the hairs in place of the five single blades. Another choice for hair removal is waxing.
Moisturizing should always follow any exfoliation or shaving. We recommend our own Simply Body Oil which you can apply to your legs and leave to do its work. No need to rinse. Apply every day to keep your skin hydrated, reduce irritation and protect your legs from clogged pores.
Other tips to prevent strawberry legs
- Changing your towels regularly.
- Keeping any loofah and exfoliating gloves clean.
- Practising the art of dry brushing before your shower to get rid of dead skin cells and improve blood flow.
- Following a healthy and balanced diet including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- When shaving, use a sharp razor as above and either a shaving cream or hair conditioner to moisturize the hairs.
Always treat your own skin with care – in much the same way as you would treat a baby’s skin.