How do I get rid of strawberry legs? It's a question we're often asked around here, as strawberry legs can sometimes be related to shaving. So let's get right into it!
Strawberry legs are the appearance of enlarged pores that contain sebum (oil), dead skin, hair, and bacteria. In short, they're like the blackheads of the body. Totally normal, albeit not great for your summer bikini body goals. Let's talk about what actually causes strawberry skin, and what you can do to keep it at bay. Keep in mind that what we might consider a "skin condition" often has a genetic component, and no amount of scrubbing will make it go away completely, but daily maintenance may help dramatically.
Considering we've designed a razor, you can imagine we spend a lot of time talking about inflammation of the pores. Here are two primary ways pores can become inflamed, resulting in the appearance of strawberry legs.
- Lack of consistent exfoliation (aim for 2-3 times a week) results in the pores becoming blocked by oil & dead skin cells.
- Shaving with a dull razor causes the blades to tug and pull at the hairs, rather than deliver a smooth shave.
- Keeping a razor in the shower encourages bacteria growth on the blade. Water and bacteria just go hand in hand. If you're experiencing folliculitis, consider drying your razor after each use and storing in a cabinet instead of in the shower.
- Not moisturizing your skin.
2) Keratosis Pilaris is a buildup of keratin, a natural and necessary protein that protects the skin from harmful substances and infection. It forms a plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle, causing rough and bumpy skin to form. It can often be found on the thighs, upper arms, and cheeks. Yes..those cheeks. Common causes for the treatment of keratosis pilaris (aka KP) are:
- Lack of moisture to the skin. Are you sensing a trend here?
- Lack of exfoliation. Ok yes, there's definitely a trend.
- Seasonal changes, atopic dermatitis, and eczema are all culprits in keratosis pilaris as well. Just think of it this way- if all of the above are considered "attacks" on your skin's barrier, it makes sense that the protein that protects your skin would go into overdrive.
Finding a solution for strawberry skin really breaks down to helping your cells turn over. You can do this through physical exfoliation (a mitt or body scrub) or through chemical exfoliation (an acid-based lotion). Shaving is a natural form of exfoliation, but we've been conditioned to treat our razors as cheap additions to our shower routine, and as a result, they don't treat our skin very well. Switch your blade weekly to prevent folliculitis and bacteria growth, and try storing it away from the shower when not in use. We know, it sounds fussy, but you know what? Your skin will thank you.