Strawberry Skin Legs | Can You Get Rid Of It?
Strawberry legs(skin), or most people refer to it as chicken skin, is a common skin condition and not harmful at all. Unfortunately, it is very visible to the naked eye and it is a major cause of embarrassment for many.
It appears as tiny, dark or red raised bumps and not painful or itchy but if it does, you should consult your general practitioner.
Initially, I thought this is just the case of a massive goosebump.
There are several conditions that can cause the appearance of strawberry skin and I’m listing down the common ones.
Strawberry legs are prominent after hair removal, especially after shaving. Usually the main culprit is from using dull, old razor. Blunt razor tends to pull hair instead of giving a clean close shave. Use a shaving cream for best results.
As shaving can cause ingrown, it also adds in the appearance of strawberry skin. In some cases, hair follicles tends to turn darker from irritation of shaving.
It is also known as “chicken skin” and this condition is caused by accumulation of extra keratin in the hair follicles.
It’s name gives you the idea. Keratosis means too much keratin and pilaris means hair in Latin.
The excessive production of keratin(a protein which sheds from the skin daily) traps and block the hair follicles, which leads to bumps and rough skin.
For some reason, this condition are better during the summer than in the winter.
This condition are caused by inflammation of the hair follicles due to bacteria or fungi. It appears as red bumps and some may leads to whiteheads on the hair follicles. Few things that leads to folliculitis are
- clothing that rubs the skin(tight clothes)
- using unclean hot tub or pool
- body care products or sweat that irritates the skin
Improper hair removals tend to cause ingrown which makes the hair follicles appear darker contributing to a more prominent strawberry legs.
How To Get Rid Of Strawberry Legs
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Unfortunately, you can’t just get rid of strawberry skin as easily. But there are ways to lessen the appearance.
There are easy remedies you can try to incorporate to your beauty regime.
Exfoliate. It is important to slough off the build up of dead skin cells to prevent hair follicles from getting inflamed and darkened. Best is to scrub after a good shower when your pores are open and skin has softened. You can easily use sugar and olive oil. Olive oil boasts many great nourishing properties for the skin.
Baiden mitten. I have read many great reviews on this mitten. It is usually used to remove faded spray tans on skin but a lady recommended this for her strawberry skin. You can literally see dead skin rolling off from your skin. I have never tried it but I think it is worth a mention as its review are promising..
Salicylic acid. Use a gentle cleanser formulated with salicylic acid, with deeper cleansing action. It is one of the best ingredients to remove impurities, grimes and dirt from clogged pores.
Dry brushing. Dry brushing is a wonderful exfoliating method that also stimulates your lymphatic system. I wrote an extensive post about dry brushing here.
Use shaving cream. This is the step many have overlooked and please, stop using soap as a substitute. Shaving creams or gel hydrates the hair and makes shaving smoother. It lubricates the skin, reduces friction during shaving to minimize razor burns and cuts. Don’t neglect on the importance of using a clean sharp razor.
No coconut oil. Any substance that clogged pores is called comedogenic. No matter how much you love your coconut oil, unfortunately it is classified under comedogenic. On a scale of four where four is “most comedogenic”, coconut oil is rated as number two. Comedogens are not guaranteed to clog pores but it could. If you have strawberry skin, it is advisable to keep away from using coconut oil as moisturizers.
Cold shower. Always finish your shower with cold water. The colder, the better. Cool water will close back the pores preventing any oil or dirt from getting trapped in.
Wax or epilate. Hair removal which pulls hair from the roots are highly advisable. It could be a fuss to incorporate it in your routine but the results are better than shaving. Plus, hairs grow slower and finer.
High melanin on dark skin also contributes to the darkening of the pores making it more visible, especially when inflamed or with ingrown.
Try to add these steps to your beauty regime to get to the cause. Strawberry skin starts from the roots.
Strawberry skin is a common condition and can go away on its own.
However, it can cause consciousness among some people. If you have tried the above methods and did not yield any desirable results, there are treatments for specific skin conditions that caused the appearance of strawberry skin. A visit to your dermatologist will help you to narrow it down.
Don’t forget to hydrate well. Drink lots of fluid and eat more anti-inflammatory food.
I hope you enjoy this post. If you have tried any methods that worked, do let me know in the comments section.