Home Remedies For Strawberry Legs
When enlarged pores become clogged with oil, dirt and dead skin, this buildup often oxidises and turns darker in colour. When these kinds of dark spots are visible on your legs, they are termed ‘strawberry legs.’
In other words, strawberry legs is a skin condition in which small pigmented spots emerge all over your legs. The term is based on the pitted or spotted appearance of the strawberry fruit.
Here are some of the most common causes of strawberry legs, and some simple tips to remedy them.
CAUSES OF STRAWBERRY LEGS
Clogging of pores
Our skin contains millions of pores. Hence, it is fairly natural for them to get clogged with sebum, dirt, dead skin, bacteria, sweat, product buildup, and grime from pollution and dust from time to time.
When oil gets trapped in these pores, it oxidizes and turns black when exposed to air. These black spots appear in the form of strawberry legs.
Folliculitis is a skin condition that is marked by infected and inflamed hair follicles. It is often a result of hair removal methods that expose the hair follicle to oxidation which leads to a scab or brown patch on your skin.
Using old or blunt razors for shaving your legs, or shaving without any moisturising routine can lead to razor burns, folliculitis and ingrown hair.
In such cases, the hair follicle gets inflamed and aggravates the surrounding skin, leading to the appearance of black spots.
Improper hair removal can also lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which might resemble strawberry legs.
Sometimes when you have thick body hair, the presence of ingrown hair in the skin may cause it to appear as strawberry legs. In some cases, ingrown hair may also lead to painful bumps, blisters and skin darkening.
The most common cause of ingrown hair is improper removal of body hair.
Keratosis pilaris, commonly known as ‘chicken skin,’ is a skin condition in which you get tiny bumps on your skin that look similar to goosebumps on the skin of a chicken. These bumps are actually hair follicles that are clogged with dead skin cells. They can either be red or brown in colour.
Scattered hyperpigmentation or dark spots caused by sun damage, injury, underlying diseases or inflammation can also resemble strawberry legs.
Overly dry skin often means that your dermal barrier is weak. Hence, it is more prone to getting dark spots, folliculitis, razor burns and clogged pores, all of which resemble or lead to strawberry legs.
HOW TO REMEDY STRAWBERRY LEGS NATURALLY?
Remove body hair carefully
All methods of hair removal including shaving, waxing, threading or plucking can lead to irritation or inflammation. This is why pre and post hair removal care is important. Refrain from shaving on dry skin.
Use a nourishing cold-processed soap for its rich and creamy lather to soften your legs before shaving. Shave in the direction of your hair growth, and not against it, in order to treat your skin’s barrier gently.
Have an after-care routine
Wrap an ice cube in a soft cloth, and press it gently against your skin after the hair removal process. You may also use a frozen roller on your skin instead of the ice cube. It soothes and cools freshly shaved or waxed skin.
Organic Aloe Vera Water that is chilled in the refrigerator can be sprayed on the affected area to soothe razor burns and calm down sensitive skin.
Moisturising your skin after the hair removal process provides emollient properties to the skin, soothes inflammation and redness, and promotes wound healing. Use a moisturiser that is made with calming oils such as lavender, chamomile and tea tree.
Moisturise your skin every night for a week after shaving or waxing. Pick an oil with essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties to repair and soothe the skin on your legs.
Note – Patch test new products and remedies on your inner arm to test for sensitivity and redness, before applying them to your skin. Discontinue using the product in case of redness or irritation.
Hydrated and nourished skin helps to keep the protective barrier strong, prevents chances of strawberry legs, and keeps your skin healthy. Hydrating yourself internally is equally important. Remember to drink water every hour, and eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in moisture. Try to include nuts, seeds, and healthy fats in your food for getting antioxidants.
Regularly exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells, so that they can be replaced by new skin cells faster. It increases cell turnover rate which reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and spots.
Regular exfoliation also helps to prevent ingrown hair. It promotes blood circulation in your skin which improves the tone and texture of your skin.
Practice dry brushing
Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic practice of stimulating the lymphatic system in our body to expel waste. It is known to exfoliate the skin, improve blood flow, soften rough patches on our skin and prevent the chances of getting hyperpigmentation, ingrown hair and cellulite.
The idea is to rub a brush or an object with coarse fibers or bristles against our skin by making long strokes towards the direction of the heart.
Take a bath after dry brushing your skin to remove dead skin, and moisturise as usual. Do not use a dry brush on your skin if your dermal barrier is injured or when you have freshly shaved or waxed skin.
An alternative to using body brushes is to use a natural loofah or bath mitt.
JUICY CHEMISTRY PRODUCTS THAT HELP TO REDUCE STRAWBERRY LEGS
Sugarcane and Grapefruit Organic AHA Rich Soap
Juicy Chemistry’s organic and handmade soaps are made using the cold-process method of saponification which ensures a gentle cleanse without depleting natural moisture levels.
Our Sugarcane and Grapefruit Organic Soap is made with saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Castor Oil to leave skin moisturised, natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) from Sugarcane Juice to exfoliate your skin gently, and Patchouli Essential Oil to soothe inflammation.
Saffron, Rose and Australian Sandalwood Scrub
It is a gentle scrub that helps to unclog pores and promote even skin tone. It contains Jojoba, Grape Seed, Argan, and Sunflower Seed Oils to nourish skin, Rosemary extract and Sandalwood Essential Oil to soothe skin irritation, Kaolin Clay to keep pores clean, and Saffron and Rose petals for brightening your skin tone.
Damask Rose and Ylang Ylang Body Oil
It is a nourishing and therapeutic body oil to moisturise and soften up parched skin. The blend comprises of organic plant oils of Argan, Apricot, Jojoba, Avocado, Rosehip Seed, Sweet Almond and Sunflower Seed for moisturising and strengthening your skin’s protective barrier, Vitamin E to fight against free radical damage, and Essential Oils of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Rose to soothe sensitive skin, stimulate blood flow and improve skin tone.
Neroli, Rosehip and Tamanu Organic Body Butter
This blend is especially formulated to target hyperpigmentation and dryness. It is made with nourishing Shea, Cocoa and Mango Seed Butters, and organic Rosehip Seed, Apricot, Sweet Almond, Tamanu Seed and Apricot Oils to moisturise your skin, refine its texture, and reduce dark spots.
Additionally, Neroli and Helichrysum Essential Oils protect the skin from environmental stressors, and Lemon and Lavender Essential Oils inhibit bacterial growth inside your pores.
Copper and Linen Bath Mitt
Our sustainable bath mitt is made with natural fibres. It can be used for exfoliating your skin in the shower, or dry brushing in winters.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do Juicy Chemistry products take to show results?
Hyperpigmentation and dark spots take time to become noticeable on your skin. Your skin goes through consistent wear and tear or trauma before manifesting initial signs of the pigmentation for you to see.
Similarly, once you have noticed the pigmentation and begun working on it, it will take time to get lighter in appearance too.
Consistency and patience are important factors when it comes to using natural ingredients to improve your skin’s tone and texture.