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Hair removal is a part of most people’s routine, and while we know the obvious problems of pain that accompany it, there is one more problem that is being talked about greatly right now and that is strawberry skin. Even if you’ve never heard of strawberry skin, there’s a strong chance you’ve personally experienced it.

When the hair follicles become clogged with dirt, dead skin accumulates along with dirt on the skin. The skin’s appearance resembles the seeded surface of a strawberry due to the size and placement of the spots, hence the name. It tends to appear mostly on the legs even though it theoretically can happen everywhere you have hair.

There are several factors that might lead you to develop strawberry: 

  • Strawberry skin is a symptom of keratosis pilaris, a common condition where hairs become trapped by an overgrowth of keratin and buildup around skin pores, rather than a skin problem in itself.
  •  Shaving can also cause strawberry skin, which is why it frequently appears on the buttocks, arms, and legs. 
  • Wearing tight clothing and waxing are other significant elements.
  • Dirt or oil trapped in pores is also a common cause for strawberry skin.
  • Excessively dry skin can also cause or increase the possibility of developing strawberry skin.

Strawberry skin can be treated at home to a certain extent or there are also professional treatments available for you to successfully eliminate this condition. To treat strawberry skin at home, you can use a gentle cleanser for your skin and invest in good quality products such as a good razor and shaving cream. Physical exfoliation on the body works very well, and should be done a few days prior to shaving or waxing. Dry brushing the skin in circular motions beforehand can prevent strawberry skin. Shave in the direction of the hair growth and not against it.

In order to prevent the problem from returning after treating your strawberry legs, you’ll probably want to change your hair removal routine. If you frequently get strawberry legs, we advise avoiding shaving and switching to other hair removal techniques. Hot wax and sugar wax help because they remove hair from the roots and when a warm substance is applied, it will open the pores. A professional laser hair removal procedure can slow the growth of new hair.

Strawberry skin can be hard to never get it but there are definitely ways to reduce their occurrence. Following a good routine with moisturizer every day and physical exfoliation is a good way to avoid strawberry skin from developing. The best way to prevent strawberry skin would be to opt for waxing or using an epilator for hair removal instead of shaving. 

We know it can be annoying and hard to get rid of if you do not know how, so this article is there to tell you everything you need to know about Strawberry skin so that you are absolutely ready to flaunt your skin on your next beach holiday!


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Dr. Pavitra Patel is a licensed Esthetician and Dentist. She helps people to achieve their skin goals and make them feel beautiful by educating and guiding them through their skin journey to help them build skin confidence.
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