As I write this, fall is here and winter is fast approaching. While most people are not even thinking about summer 2018, this is a great time to prepare your skin for warmer weather, so let’s get started with a skin condition you didn’t even know had a name, or could be treated- Strawberry Legs.
Strawberry legs! Exfoliate, shave, and use a body lotion with Lactic Acid. <3 https://t.co/e5m6xsXG7o
— 🦄IG: heyaprill🌟 (@HeyAprill) September 20, 2017
What are strawberry legs?
Strawberry legs are technically open comedones. By definition, an open comedone is a comedo (acne lesion) that has reached the surface of the skin and opened up, giving them that dark discoloration. When referring to the legs (and arms), when you shave, depending on the quality of your razor, all of the hair may not be removed. This causes the follicle to be exposed to air, which makes those tiny dark spots on your legs.
Here are a few examples of strawberry legs. My followers were nice enough to submit photos to me:
There are three common causes of strawberry legs:
- Folliculitis– Inflammation of pores caused by fungal or bacterial infection
- Acne– Excess sebum production
- Shaving *most common* – Razors that are of poor quality or dull do not properly remove the hair, causing the hair to curl up under the skin and irritate the follicle.
- Dry skin *very common* – Dry skin that is not properly exfoliated clogs pores, causing inflammation
The average person can handle treating their legs right in the comfort of their home by starting at the root (pun intended) of the problem- hair removal. You have two viable hair removing options to ensure that you don’t have to worry about strawberry legs as often as you would if you shaved: waxing or epilating or electrolysis.
Electrolysis, the Mercedes Benz of hair removal, involves sending a pulse to the hair follicle that completely kills it, preventing the hair from growing back, ever. You can visit your local esthetician for electrolysis, or you can invest in one of these devices which will be cheaper than an office visit:
Silk’n Flash & Go Express 300 Permanent Hair Removal Device • $299
Silk’n Flash & Go Luxx Hair Removal Device • $249
Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision • $318.38
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X • Ulta • $449
Waxing can be done in the comfort of your own home, but I recommend visiting an esthetician to have it done right the first time. Waxing removes the hair and follicle completely, reducing the chances of forming ingrown hairs.
If by chance you cant kick the money for a home laser device, or a trip to the esthetician to be waxed, you can invest in an epilator for well under $100. An epilator is a handheld device comprised of tweezers that remove every hair from the root. I’ll warn you, epilators are a tad painful, I liken the pain to a stinging sensation, so grab a numbing cream if need be. Here are a few choices under $100:
Braun Silk-epil 9 Wet & Dry Women’s Rechargeable Electric Epilator – SE9521 • Braun • $99.99
Braun Silk-epil 3 Women’s Corded Electric Epilator – SE3170 • Braun • $42.49
Epilady Esthetic Women’s Delicate Electric Facial Epilator – EP-803-10 • Epilady • $39.99
Epilady Esthetic Generation 5 Facial Hair Epilator • Epilady • $39.95
Emjoi Emagine Women’s Rechargeable Electric Epilator – AP-18R • Emjoi • $103.99
Emjoi Gently Silken Women’s Rechargeable Electric Epilator – AP-9PB • Emjoi • $39.99
Emjoi eRase 60-Disc Precision Hair Removal Epilator • Emjoi • $54.96
Remington Smooth & Silky Deluxe Epilator • Remington • $49.99
Emjoi EpiSlim Erase Glide 18-Disc Battery Operated Epilator • Emjoi • $32.75
Now that you have taken care of the root of the problem, now you can treat the dark spots. Exfoliate manually using a body scrub that contains sea salt to treat the open comedones. Cleanse with a hydrating body wash or bar soap, and rinse with lukewarm water.
Strawberry legs happen when follicles become clogged with hair, dirt, oil, skin, bacteria or fungus which causes dark spots. Those dark spots can be remedied by removing the hair, exfoliating, and moisturizing using lactic acid. Over time, you will notice your dark spots disappear, and your skin will be the softest its been in years.