Strawberry leg is not uncommon among folks, especially among those who shave regularly. But how does strawberry leg even come about? And how to get rid of strawberry legs? We have covered many skin conditions in this blog, especially acne. Now we will cover the strawberry leg condition and also sugar scrub for strawberry legs.
What is a strawberry leg?
Strawberry leg is a condition where your pores got clogged by dirt, sebum or other substances. The clogged pores get oxidised and therefore you can see the dark appearance of the pores on the leg. Practically, the condition can happen on other body parts as well. However, it is usually quite obvious on the leg. This is because the leg has a larger area.
How to get rid of strawberry legs?
There are many ways to get rid of strawberry legs. One is to prevent it from happening in the first place. If you get it after shaving, stop shaving and find alternatives like laser, wax or using epilator. However if you cannot afford those alternatives, learn how to shave your body parts properly. For example, make sure your razor in the shaver is sharp. Dull and old razor can increase the chance of you getting strawberry legs. Also, use shaving cream to prevent the occurrence of strawberry legs and ingrown hairs.
If you already have strawberry legs condition and it persists, you can try some methods. For example, sugar scrub for strawberry legs. Scrubbing is one popular method to reduce the appearance of strawberry legs. We will cover more about this popular scrub in the next sections.
There is also another method, which is to use a spray mixed with tea tree oil and lavender oil. THis was popularized by this Youtuber who used the same mixture for her back acne in addition to strawberry skin. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and very good for the skin. You can dilute it with lavender oil that can soothe the skin. You can refer to different recipes for this mixture online.
Sugar scrub for strawberry legs
Why is sugar scrub good for strawberry legs? This is because sugar is a natural exfoliator that has been used for centuries by our predecessors. Sugar scrub contains natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), which is one of the best exfoliating acid for skin. Sugar scrub that has other moisturizing ingredients in the mixture is an ideal sugar scrub for strawberry legs.
The AHA in the sugar scrub will unclog pores and the other moisturizing ingredients will hydrate the skin after the exfoliation. Popular moisturizing ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, and the list goes on. Some popular sugar scrub products on the shelf might also include glycolic acid, which is also another form of AHA. Glycolic acid has both exfoliating and moisturizing properties ideal for getting rid of strawberry legs.
How to make a sugar scrub for strawberry legs
If you want to make your own homemade sugar scrub for strawberry legs, you can use very simple ingredients. The most common one is mixing sugar and aloe vera. Sugar will do the exfoliation and aloe vera, as we all know, is a very good moisturizer for skin. You can then mix other ingredients as you like, for example lemon juice. Lemon juice has a high level of citric acid, which naturally has exfoliating properties as well. Plus, lemon juice with high level of vitamin C can brighten the strawberry legs appearance as well.
There is no fixed recipe for this, you can achieve the ideal sugar scrub for your own skin through trial and error. Everyone’s skin is different in terms of its tolerance to these ingredients especially lemon juice, which can be a bit harsh in higher concentration.
Does laser hair removal get rid of strawberry legs?
It is possible for laser hair removal to get rid of strawberry legs. Or, at the very least minimize the appearance of strawberry legs. This is because if you do laser hair removal, the skin pores will naturally become smaller as the hair follicle gets removed. Strawberry legs occur when pores where hair follicles are located get clogged. Therefore, if these pores become smaller, the strawberry legs appearance will improve. Also, if you do laser hair removal, you will not need to do shaving in the future. Therefore, it will naturally get rid of strawberry legs occurrence this way too.
Should you use sugar scrub for strawberry leg?
If the damage is done, yes you can use sugar scrub for strawberry legs. A lot of people benefit from using the scrub to improve their legs appearance. You can customize your own homemade sugar scrub using beneficial ingredients for your skin like aloe vera for hydration and lemon juice for brightening. However, think long term and try to prevent this from occurring in the first place.
If you can afford other hair removal method, do laser hair removal, waxing, or try using epilator machine. I used epilator machine for many years before opting for a more permanent solution which is AFT hair removal. AFT hair removal uses a similar technology to laser, just a different kind of light beam. Read my review on AFT hair removal in my other post. To reiterate the answer to the question ‘does laser hair removal get rid of strawberry legs?’, the answer is yes. I do not have any strawberry legs issue anymore now that I have completed my AFT hair removal package.
These alternatives cost more money than shaving, therefore it is understandable that you may not have the resources to do them yet. In the meantime, if you continue shaving your legs, make sure you do it properly. Change your razor regularly once it has become dull. Also, use shaving cream for a better shaving experience (prevent ingrown hair and strawberry skin).