Red or Black Dots on the Legs, Also Known As Strawberry Legs
Many women experience small black or red dots on their legs, also known as a condition called Strawberry Legs. It can appear as a dotted or pitted appearance, darkened or open pores, or an appearance of brown or black dots on the legs after shaving. This condition can make shaving feel futile when legs don’t look as smooth as they may feel. Strawberry Legs can look slightly different from one person to the next because it is actually a term used to describe multiple different skin issues.
Possible causes of Strawberry Legs:
Using an old shaver, a dull shaver or not using shaving cream, can cause razor burn. Razor burn can cause folliculitis to develop, which results in ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs can look black, and when there are many ingrown hairs, the legs can look like they are speckled with black dots.
Some people are born with large pores on the legs or thick body hair. When large pores get clogged, the oil inside them is exposed to the air, making it turn black when it oxidizes. These clogged pores are called comedones. When there are a lot of clogged pores on one’s legs, they can appear to have a Strawberry pattern.
Hair follicles have the potential to become inflamed or infected after shaving, waxing or other hair removal methods. This is because the hair follicle is left open and exposed to bacteria, yeast or fungus. Ingrown hairs that struggle to break through the skin can lead to a darker appearance that can also look like Strawberry Leg.
This condition starts as small red bumps or blisters that later turn into scabs that do not heal as easily.
Hot tubs can also cause Folliculitis if the PH level has not been regulated.
What can you try to prevent Strawberry Legs?
Prior to shaving, exfoliate the legs to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the legs. This reduces the chance of Strawberry Legs by preventing ingrown hairs.
Make sure to use proper shaving technique each time, along with a moisturizing shave gel. Skin experts recommend shaving in the direction of the hair growth.
Moisturize the skin thoroughly on a regular basis, and choose a moisturizer that is free of preservatives.
You can also experiment with products that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid to reduce acne conditions that may cause or worsen symptoms.
Professional Treatment to Prevent Strawberry legs for Good
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