Many people have never heard the term “strawberry legs” before, but if you suffer from this skin condition, you probably know exactly what it is. Strawberry legs refers to a dotted, rough appearance of the skin that usually appears on the upper legs and thighs. If you happen to have this condition, there are ways to get rid of it. Read on to find out how to get rid of strawberry legs and achieve the smooth, silky appearance you desire.
What Is Strawberry Legs?
Strawberry legs is the common term for a condition that dermatologists refer to as keratosis pilaris. The condition is caused by minute accumulations of keratin, trapped hair follicles, and dead skin cells that get trapped beneath the skin. Strawberry legs becomes more prominent when the skin is dry, which means that it gets worse during the drier months.
The condition may look like a form of acne, with small, hard bumps appearing on the legs, giving the skin the appearance of the skin of a strawberry. While nearly anyone can get strawberry legs, certain individuals are more susceptible. With all other factors being equal, drier skin is more vulnerable to this condition.
Why Do People Dislike Having Strawberry Legs?
Although strawberry legs is a relatively harmless dermatological condition, most people would prefer not to have it. The bumps can be itchy and uncomfortable, particularly when wearing tighter pants. It also gives an unhealthy appearance. Often, however, strawberry legs just keeps individuals from enjoying the look of perfect, smooth leg skin.
How to Identify Strawberry Legs
The best way to diagnose keratosis pilaris is to see a dermatologist or other medical professional. The medical staff at Body Details True Laser® Centers, for instance, are trained to properly identify Strawberry Legs. The following symptoms are generally associated with strawberry legs:
- Small dots and/or pits on your leg skin.
- Open pores on your legs become darker or red.
- If you shave your legs, brown or black dots may occur.
It’s important to note that other conditions may resemble strawberry legs, so it’s in your best interest to receive a diagnosis from a medical professional.
Effective Treatments for Strawberry Legs
If you’re reading this article, the chances are good that you want to cure your strawberry legs. There are several things you can try. Some work on a temporary basis, while others may yield permanent results.
- Use a Moisturizing Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin – Dryness exacerbates strawberry legs. Using a moisturizing shaving cream when you shave your legs can help reduce the occurrence of strawberry legs. It’s important to note that shaving can actually exacerbate the condition, so if you can hold off from shaving for a few days, it may alleviate the inflammation.
- Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly – Because strawberry legs is often caused by dead skin cells becoming trapped in pores, regular exfoliation can help prevent this.
- Salicylic or Glycolic Acid – Many over-the-counter medicated acne products contain these ingredients. Applying them to your skin can help reduce the appearance of strawberry legs.
- Laser Hair Removal – Because leg hair can cause or exacerbate strawberry legs, LHR can be used to destroy the hair follicles in the infected area and reduce or eliminate Strawberry Legs.
How Laser Hair Removal Works
Laser hair removal is a safe and efficient way to permanently eliminate leg hair. Using a high-intensity laser, a medical technician targets the hair follicles in the desired region. The light shines through the hair shaft and terminates at the root of the hair. This heats the bulb to the point that it is rendered unable to continue producing hair. After several treatments, you will no longer grow hair in that area. Laser hair removal can be used to target the areas that are susceptible to strawberry legs, or it can be applied to the entire leg, so you never have to shave or wax again.
How to Get Rid of Strawberry Legs with Laser Hair Removal
The first step is to obtain a proper diagnosis. Body Details True Laser® Centers offers a free, no-obligation consultation. If your condition is strawberry legs, one of our medical staff members can recommend a course of treatments based on skin type and hair density. Once they can recommend a course of treatment, you can decide whether laser hair removal is right for you. Laser hair removal usually requires several treatments with about two months between each session. When the treatments are completed, the hair that has been causing your strawberry legs will be gone.
Laser Hair Removal Frequently Asked Questions
While we have treated many people’s strawberry legs with laser hair removal, we are a full-service laser hair removal center. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, along with answers from our medical professionals.
What If I Can’t Afford to Complete My Treatments?
Body Details True Laser® Centers offer all-inclusive packages with financing. That means that if you require sessions that go beyond what we believed was necessary in the original assessment, they are included as part of the package.
How Many Treatments Will I Require?
Most patients require 5 to 10 treatments, with each treatment being scheduled no less than eight weeks apart. If additional treatments are required, they will be covered under the written terms of our free lifetime guarantee without additional costs.
What If Hair Starts to Grow Back?
Hair that has been treated and removed by the lasers at Body Details does not grow back. While there are centers that deploy lower-quality equipment that merely stunts hair growth, Body Details offers permanent laser hair removal and free touchups for life to address new hair growth. New hair growth in a treated area may occur due to hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menopause, or medications, like steroids. If you experience some hair growth in a previously completed area, you will not have to pay for additional sessions.
What Type of Training Do Your Laser Techs Receive?
Body Details True Laser® Centers have a designated, board-certified, physician who is either a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Additionally, all of our laser techs are physician assistants (PAs) or Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Each technician undergoes in-house training before they are able to use a laser on a patient. Your laser technician will be both experienced and well-trained.
Get Rid of Strawberry Legs For Good
If you suffer from unattractive strawberry legs, Body Details can help. Stop into one of our Florida-based laser centers for a free evaluation. With laser centers throughout the state, Body Details True Laser® Centers have treated tens of thousands of patients. Schedule your free, no-commitment evaluation today.