Strawberry Leg Marks

Are you experiencing shaving your legs only for the legs not to look flawless? Many people know that the black dots after shaving that look unsightly on the skin are the so-called blackheads open. They are often caused by using blunt razors or removing hair with waxing the incorrect way.

How do I get rid of dots and prevent their formation? Hair removal of unsightly body hair is one of the standard treatments performed by women today. Smooth skin looks aesthetically pleasing and thus improves the appearance of the skin. Unfortunately, this can cause strawberry skin marks on the skin. They can appear black or red dots on your skin after shaving. Many women struggle with this type of problem. 

I hear you saying how can this be fixed, and the simple answer is yes of course it can! What are the black dots on the legs? Black dots on the legs are the result of shaving, plucking and waxing the legs or body areas as the open pores allow for the excess sebum and debris to enter the skin. They can also be caused by hyperkeratinisation of the skin; this is when the dead skin cells do not shed as often as they should and cause a build-up. Most often caused by inadequate hair removal. The black dots or red dots can also be a mixture of skin type, ethnicity and how thick the hair growth is. 

When the pores are left open after hair removal the pores can attract dirt and sweat into the open pore. Black dots after shaving can be caused by many reasons however let’s try and see if we can find a solution to improve this appearance and achieve that flawless skin we dream about. 

  1. Stop using blunt razors. Remove all used razors from your bathroom cabinet. Under no circumstances should you use such accessories anymore – they will do you more harm than good. Invest in good quality razors, they don’t have to be very expensive, but the quality of the razor should shave as close to the skin as possible. Old razors lead to a large number of cuts and irritation – unlike new ones. A blunt razor does not cut hairs correctly and it will eventually irritate the skins towards the skin, especially when you are pressing the razor onto the skin. 
  2. Unclean Razors, the razor may look clean, but has it been cleaned properly in between uses. Have you removed all the build-up on the razors, they may not be visible to the naked eye. Do not keep the razor in a place where water runs off continuously (near the bathtub and shower). After shaving, the razor should be washed, disinfected and stored in a dry place. And if it is a disposable item, it should be thrown away after each use. With disposable razors, it’s best to use one razor each time you shave
  3. Uncleaned skin. The skin can hold a lot of excess skin build-up, debris and sebum. The skin is the largest organ of the body. If you are suffering from flaky, oily skin then it is probably best to exfoliate the skin before you shave this will enable the skin to remove the excessive sebum and dead skin cell build up.
  4. Dry skin – Dry skin will appear tight and flaky. Hydrate the skin with body lotion and moisturiser. This will help keep the dead skin cells from building up and clogging the pores.
  5. Be Gentle – shaving can be harsh on the skin, shave in one direction, use some shaving foam so the razor glides well, and this will help prevent irritating the skin.
  6. Time – If you are short on time do not rush your time shaving or waxing. Set time aside for shaving in your daily schedule. If you are rushing you will end up irritating the skin further as you need to take time so that your skin does not suffer.
  7. Exposing the skin to sunlight after hair removal can impact the pigmentation in the skin. The use of SPF is imperative as this can cause many skin issues.
  8. Avoid tight clothing. Tight clothing can rub on the skin that has been shaved and can irritate the skin. This will cause red marks, especially in the bikini area. The bikini area is very sensitive. The red spots can get inflamed and become swollen due to the tight clothing and the build-up of sweat, sebum and debris in the open pores.

Using Salicylic acid in acne-prone areas. Salicylic acid will help reduce the sebum build and in turn, results in fewer open pores and black spots.  They retain sebum in the hair follicles, which results in the production of oil. Benzoyl Peroxide heals and prevents the dots from appearing. 

Exfoliation – regular exfoliation can help relieve the build of dead skin cells. Dead skin cells can build up over especially during winter months as the cold weather and heating within the home and cars can dry out the skin. Winter months can make the skin feel tight, flaky and dull. It is best to exfoliate so the build of dead skin cells can be removed. Hydration is very important during the winter months. Hydration with lotions body washes and body butter. High content of hydration is required to help hydrate the skin. You can use it 2 or 3 times a day, to begin with, and see how it goes. As a minimum, you should be using it twice daily to help the hydration penetrate the skin with ease. After showering use your body moisturiser then as this will help sink into the skin effectively.

Look into laser hair removal – Laser hair removal will help minimise the effect of strawberry marks on the body. Laser hair removal works on the principle of photo thermolysis. This heats the hair bulb deep within the skin. The surrounding skin is unaffected as the laser beam only targets melanin with the skin. Laser hair removal offers a great alternative to shaving, waxing and plucking. Laser hair removal offers a permanent reduction of hair. The target chromophore for laser hair removal is the melanin in the hair follicle meaning the laser is suitable for all skin types. Different wavelengths help penetrate the depth of the laser into the hair bulb.

Laser offers effective results; it will reduce your shaving time and make the skin feel less irritated in the long term. The laser can be performed on all body parts. With appointments every 4-6 weeks apart. Laser hair removal is not timely compared to shaving regularly. The laser hair removal sensation is dependent on the device being used. The most you should feel is a warm sensation. Pain levels will be monitored during the treatment and this will be adjusted to suit your comfort levels. With laser hair removal a course of 6-12 treatments are required to gain optimum results. This also depends on the density of your hair growth and how your comfort levels are. Any medical conditions will also be taken into consideration at the initial appointment. The therapist will take note of your expectations and will explain the whole process to you.