10 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Strawberry Legs

Easy and effective ways to eliminate those unsightly black spots on your legs

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The term strawberry legs refers to the dark spots on the legs. These dark spots look like black dots. The medical term for this condition is folliculitis. The condition can be quite embarrassing, which is why you may wonder how to get rid of strawberry legs.

The skin pores on the legs may get congested and form comedones, which appear as dark bumps/hyperpigmentation on your leg, resembling the strawberry skin and seeds.

The good news is, you can easily treat strawberry legs at home and prevent the condition. Here is what you need to know.

What Are Strawberry Legs?

Strawberry legs are nothing but the presence of small black dots just beneath the upper layer of the skin, caused by inflamed hair follicles. This gives your legs a strawberry-like appearance, hence the name.

These pores, also called open comedones, are hair follicles or ingrown hairsi  A condition in which hair that has been shaved or plucked curves into the skin when growing back, causing inflammation. that are trapped under the skin. They may also contain a mixture of bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil.

They are not harmful in any way but can make you feel self-conscious.

Strawberry legs are not usually a cause for concern. Dr. Anna Chacon, a board-certified dermatologist, says, “Strawberry legs go away in time. These appear on your skin simply because of inflamed follicles due to shaving.”

Strawberry legs look similar in most people, but the causes may be different for each person.

What Causes Strawberry Legs?

Here are some common causes of strawberry legs:

  • Keratosis pilaris – This is also known as chicken skin and occurs when your skin produces excessive keratin, which blocks the hair follicles. This leads to tiny bumps and patchy skin.
  • Dry SkinIf your skin is not well moisturized, it becomes dry and rough. This makes your epidermis vulnerable to irritation caused by shaving.
  • Folliculitis – This is a condition in which your hair follicles are inflamed. It might happen due to bacteria or fungi. Folliculitis results from ingrown hairs from shaving.

If you have strawberry legs, you are most likely experiencing one or more of the following symptoms.

What Are The Symptoms Of Strawberry Legs?

  • Strawberry-like appearance of your legs
  • Small reddish or blackish bumps on your legs
  • Clogged pores on the skin
  • Rough, dry, and irritated skin

Listed below are a few home remedies that will resolve the query about how to get rid of strawberry legs.

Home Treatment For Strawberry Legs

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda for strawberry legs
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Baking soda works as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent (1). It exfoliates your skin and makes it smooth and radiant. It is also known to prevent and treat severe dryness of the skin (2).

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of water
What You Need To Do
  1. Make a paste by mixing the baking soda and water.
  2. Apply this mixture to the affected area on your legs and let it dry for 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can try this remedy every day.

2. Exfoliation

Exfoliation for strawberry legs
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Exfoliation of skin helps remove dead cells from the top layer of the skin and gets rid of any bacteria that might be present. It also eliminates the chances of ingrown hair.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of almond or olive oil
  • 3-4 drops of clove oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the legs and rub in circles for a few minutes to exfoliate the skin.
  3. Rinse with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can exfoliate your legs 1-2 times a week until you start noticing a difference in your legs.

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You can also add honey to this scrub. Honey is a humectant that helps lock in moisture and keeps your legs smooth.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera for strawberry legs
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Aloe vera is a very powerful moisturizer and has excellent skin healing properties (3). Applying it every day will always keep the skin hydrated and enhance its beauty and plumness. That’s why aloe vera is quite popular in commercial skin products as well as in dermatology.

You Will Need

1 leaf of fresh aloe vera

What You Need To Do
  1. Extract the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf.
  2. Apply this gel on your legs and massage gently for a minute or two.
  3. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply aloe vera gel on your legs every day.

4. Sea Salt

Sea salt for strawberry legs
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Sea salt is packed with minerals like calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium (4). These minerals play a major role in our skin’s health and pH balance. When the mineral balance of the body is disturbed, our skin shows symptoms, such as dryness, itchiness, and irritation. Applying a sea salt scrub on the body removes dead cells from the skin’s surface and restores mineral balance in the body.

You Will Need
  • ¼ cup of sea salt
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • A washcloth (optional)
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the sea salt and coconut oil to form a thick paste.
  2. Using a washcloth or your palms, scrub this mixture gently on your legs.
  3. Continue for a minute or two and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

As sea salt can be abrasive on the skin, don’t use this scrub every day. Use it 1-2 times a week to notice results in a month’s time.

5. Ground Coffee

Ground coffee for strawberry legs
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Ground coffee works as a great exfoliator for the skin. When mixed with olive or coconut oil, it helps in sloughing dead cells and leaves the skin smooth and radiant.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of ground coffee
  • ½ cup of palm sugar
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature.
  2. Mix them in a bowl to form a scrub.
  3. Apply on the legs in a circular motion and rinse off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can use this scrub to exfoliate your legs 1-2 times a week. More than twice a week may over exfoliate the skin, causing irritation.

6. Tea Tree And Jojoba Oil

Tea Tree and Jojoba oil for strawberry legs
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Both tea tree oil and jojoba oils have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and can treat dry, dead skin (5), (6). These oils can speed up wound healing and treat skin issues like dryness and itching and prevent clogged pores.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the tea tree oil and jojoba oils.
  2. Massage this mixture onto your legs. Let your skin absorb this for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can use this remedy every night before bedtime.

7. Buttermilk Bath

Buttermilk bath for strawberry legs
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Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which is a natural chemical exfoliant. It can leave your skin brighter and smoother.

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • A bucketful of water
What You Need To Do
  1. Run a bath and add a cup of buttermilk to your bathwater.
  2. Soak yourself in this buttermilk and water mixture for a few minutes.
  3. Shower as usual.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this every day to keep your skin radiant and avoid clogged pores.

8. Moisturize

Moisturize for strawberry legs
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Keeping your skin well moisturized at all times prevents dryness and skin irritation. Shaving over irritated skin results in strawberry legs.

You Will Need

A good moisturizer

What You Need To Do
  1. Pour some moisturizer on your palms.
  2. Rub your hands together and spread the moisturizer evenly throughout your body.
How Often You Should Do This

You should moisturize your body as often as you can – every day after a shower.

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Mango seed butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, and almond butter are some of the top plant-based alternatives to hydrate and nourish your skin.

9. Rose Water and Cucumber

Rose water and cucumber for strawberry legs
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Cucumber is rich in Vitamin C, which prevents skin irritation. It also has calming and anti-inflammatory properties (7).
Rose water is known to calm the skin and open clogged pores (8).

You Will Need
  • 1 cucumber
  • A few drops of rose water
What You Need To Do
  1. Blend the cucumber until it is juiced.
  2. Add a few drops of rose water to the cucumber juice and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your legs and let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this every day. Repeat it until you start seeing visible results on your legs.

10. Egg Whites And Lemon Juice

Egg whites and lemon juice for strawberry legs
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Egg whites tighten and brighten the skin. They contain a plethora of nutrients – proteins, vitamins, and minerals that nourish our skin. Egg whites are also powerful astringents that can clean and reduce pores (9). Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent (10).

You Will Need
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the egg white and the lemon juice.
  2. Using a brush (or your fingers), apply this mixture on your legs.
  3. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once every day, preferably before your shower.

If home remedies do not work for you or if you want a more permanent solution for your strawberry legs, consult a dermatologist. They might recommend an active ingredient like glycolic acid to treat this issue. Scroll down to the next section to find out.

Glycolic Acid For Strawberry Legs

A study published in the World Journal of Clinical Cases found that a high concentration of glycolic acid may help improve skin roughness and follicular hyperpigmentation in patients with keratosis pilaris. The study further observed that the treatment is safe and shows quick results (11). However, a 5-year follow-up with the treated individuals showed that the effects were not long-term. While glycolic acid may help with strawberry legs, you may need to use this active ingredient regularly to reap its benefits. You may use a lotion or serum containing glycolic acid or one given by your dermatologist.

Your dermatologist may also suggest laser hair removal. Here is what you need to know about it.

Medical Professional Treatment: Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses concentrated light to destroy hair follicles beneath your skin surface. It usually takes about 4 to 6 sittings to get rid of all your hair permanently.

Some people might experience some hair growing back at a later stage, which can be taken care of by another session of laser treatment.

This treatment is perfectly safe and is used by several people across the globe.

Here are a few tips to make your legs soft.

Tips To Get Soft Legs Naturally

  • Drink plenty of water every day.
  • Scrub your body and exfoliate dead cells at least 1-2 times a week.
  • Moisturize your skin immediately after a shower. You can also moisturize at night before bed. Always use a good quality moisturizer.
  • Use sunscreen to prevent the harmful UV rays from damaging your skin. Always apply sunscreen at least 15 to 20 minutes before you step out.
  • Use safe hair removal methods, like waxing or epilatingi  A type of hair removal process that involves using an electrical device to pull the hair from its roots. . These methods remove the hair from the root and prevent any possibility of ingrown hair.
  • Eat healthy to give your body the nourishment it deserves.
  • Get frequent body massages done to get your circulation going.

”Waxing does not stop but prevents strawberry legs as each hair is removed from the root,” says Dr. Anna Chacon, a board-certified dermatologist.

Infographic: Tips To Prevent The Risk Of Strawberry Legs While Shaving

Improper shaving and lack of proper skin care may aggravate strawberry legs. While there isn’t a quick fix for this condition, minor adjustments to your skin care routine and a few precautions while shaving your legs can help. Check the infographic below for some effective tips.

tips to prevent the risk of strawberry legs while shaving (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Strawberry legs are characterized by small dark spots on the legs. Dry skin, folliculitis, and keratosis pilaris are the common causes of this condition. However, certain natural remedies for strawberry legs can help. These include using baking soda, exfoliating the skin, applying aloe vera, and scrubbing with sea salt and ground coffee beans. In addition, moisturizing the skin immediately after the shower, drinking plenty of water, and scrubbing your body may help prevent dark spots on your legs. However, if these natural strawberry legs treatments do not work, consult your dermatologist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does chemical peel remove strawberry legs?

Yes, a chemical peel is commonly prescribed for exfoliating dead skin cells and dealing with strawberry legs.

Can I use coconut oil for strawberry legs?

Strawberry legs can benefit from moisturization and coconut oil can be used for that purpose. It can also be used as a moisturizer before shaving as a preventive measure against strawberry legs.

Does dry brushing help strawberry legs?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that a dry brushing may help treat strawberry legs as it exfoliates clogged-up skin. However, it must be done carefully if you have sensitive skin as it may lead to skin irritation.

How long does it take to fix strawberry legs?

You can fix strawberry legs within a few weeks if you follow adequate skin care practices like regular exfoliation and moisturization and use proper hair removal methods. That said, if your strawberry legs are due to genetic conditions, like keratosis pilaris, they cannot be completely healed.

Does benzoyl peroxide get rid of strawberry legs?

Yes, benzoyl peroxide may help you get rid of strawberry legs if they are caused due to folliculitis, a mild form of acne. However, more research is needed to support this claim.

Does retinol help strawberry legs?

Research shows that topical retinoids may help treat keratosis pilaris (12). A topical retinoid called tazarotene (0.01% concentration), when applied regularly at night, faded keratosis pilaris within 2 weeks. By 4-8 weeks the issue was completely resolved.

Can strawberry legs be permanent or long-lasting?

No, strawberry legs are not permanent or long-lasting and can go away in time with the correct treatment and regular skin care practices. However, you may experience permanent strawberry legs if you have genetic skin disorders like folliculitis and keratosis pilaris.

Key Takeaways

  • The causes of strawberry legs differ from person to person. While excessive keratin production is to be blamed in some, inflamed hair follicles or dry skin can also lead to dark spots on the legs.
  • This skin condition is benigni  Refers to a skin condition that does not have the potential to influence or affect the body in harmful ways. and can be treated with simple kitchen ingredients, such as lemon, brown sugar, and baking soda.
  • Exfoliating and moisturizing the skin will help you achieve softer legs.

Are you tired of razor bumps and strawberry skin? Watch this step-by-step video guide to achieve flawlessly smooth legs and say goodbye to skin irritation and hello to confidence!


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