One of the many things that can cause blemishes, blackheads, and other pigmentation throughout the face and body is a condition called strawberry skin or strawberry legs. It’s a harmless condition but one that can be frustrating to get rid of on your own, or expensive to consult a dermatologist for a non-painful skin condition. With the right skincare products for the face and body, however, you can help erase strawberry skin and stop it from forming in the first place. Here’s what we recommend.
What is Strawberry Skin?
Strawberry skin - also called strawberry legs due to how common it is to see it on the upper thighs - is a harmless condition that creates dark spots in hair follicles throughout the skin that are sometimes pitted or raised, but always dark, like the opposite color of strawberry seeds.
This condition is distinct from other disorders that affect the skin pores, such as ingrown hairs, folliculitis, or keratosis pilaris, which are often accompanied by pain, itching, or inflammation. For these disorders, it’s recommended that people see a dermatologist who can prescribe antibiotics or other skincare treatments that you won’t find over the counter.
Strawberry skin can also be the slight increased visibility in pores that doesn’t result in explicitly dark spots but can contribute to self-consciousness in people who experience it. Rest assured that it’s not possible to completely erase the appearance of pores without photoshopping them away; the ideal standard of beauty should be what you feel looks most naturally like you, rather than an impossible standard set by others.
What Causes Strawberry Skin?
The main causes of strawberry legs are shaving or having clogged pores. When you shave (whether your face or legs), often the hair is cut short but not completely cut off at the root, leaving a tiny stubble of hair that contributes to an enhanced spotted appearance to the skin. The dirt, oils, and dead skin cells that cause clogged pores can not only be made worse by shaving, but can also oxidize over time, resulting in a darkened appearance to the affected pores.
For some people with mild strawberry skin that’s especially noticeable after shaving, it could mean you need a closer shave with either a better or newer razor to help trim the hair down as far as possible to the surface of the hair follicle. Dull razors are also infamous for causing irritation, especially on the face, when they’re not sharp or high-quality. Irritation can worsen the look of strawberry skin, which is why we recommend you use lukewarm water and a gentle shaving cream when shaving, whether in the shower or at your sink.
Getting Rid of Strawberry Skin on the Face
If switching to a new razor or avoiding things that cause your skin to become dry and irritated hasn’t helped, here’s what we recommend for people struggling with strawberry skin on the face.
The face has more sensitive skin than the rest of the body, so keep that in mind as we recommend some exfoliating products to clear out clogged pores and moisturizers that help the skin know to stop producing excess oil.
A good routine to help with the appearance of strawberry skin, we recommend starting with the Clarify Polishing Mask once or a few times a week, followed by our 5% or 10% Glycolic Lotion Skin Peel three times a week. For the best moisturizer, try our Nourish Daily Antioxidant moisturizer that can help with the appearance of irritated skin.
Getting Rid of Strawberry Skin on the Body
When strawberry skin covers larger areas of the body, it can be even more frustrating than seeing a few blackheads on your face. For true exfoliation that won’t disrupt your skin’s natural barrier, use our Mint Renewal White Sand Body Polish twice a week followed by our Fresh After Bath moisturizer to quickly hydrate your skin leaving it feeling and appearing soft and smooth.
For both your body and your face, try our daily Clarify Cleanser for particularly stubborn areas of strawberry skin.
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