Many people struggle with blackheads and enlarged pores, not only in their T-zone, but also on their legs. This common condition is called strawberry legs, because of the reddish skin and the small dark spots that resemble the seeds of a strawberry. These spots are hair follicles or enlarged pores that contain a mixture of oil, bacteria, and dead skin. When this is exposed after shaving, air comes into contact with the oil, and it oxidizes and becomes dark.
Strawberry legs are not usually itchy or painful, but they can surely cause a person to be embarrassed. We at Bright Side have done research to find out what may cause strawberry legs and what can we do to get rid of this condition.
Although “strawberry legs” is considered a genetic condition and occurs most often in those with thick body hair, shaving is one of the main reasons for this annoying condition. If you’re shaving with an old razor or without shaving cream, razor burn can result in irritated skin. In response to the irritation, the skin around the hair follicle darkens and black dots appear on your legs.
Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed. It has many forms and can result in the appearance of strawberry skin. A mild form of folliculitis is caused by razor bumps. This leads to ingrown hairs and may be what’s causing the appearance of strawberry legs.
Although overly dry skin does not cause pores to darken, it makes you more vulnerable to developing razor burn and irritation. Dryness of the skin also makes dark seed-like spots more visible. The strawberry legs appearance develops more easily when your skin lacks moisture.