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“Strawberry legs” – how they occur and what really helps.

In summer, many women are seen with “strawberry legs.” Don’t you know? The term refers to the small, dark spots on the legs that resemble the surface of strawberries and appear after shaving. Tikbow explains how to avoid the skin irritation.

If you shave your legs regularly, you may be familiar with the problem: instead of smooth skin, your shins and calves are covered with small red spots, some of which are even much darker. The pores of the skin appear irritated, the legs not completely smooth despite shaving. The Americans have found a figurative name for the phenomenon: "Strawberry Legs", in German: "Erdbeerbeine."

What are "strawberry legs"?

We have pores not only on the face, but everywhere on the skin –so also on the legs –. Every time we shave, the skin is irritated and so are the pores, razor burn is the result. The affected pores do not close properly after shaving, which makes them dirty and increases the risk of hair follicles becoming inflamed. So where previously hair grew out of the skin, small red dots can be seen, "strawberry legs" are born. If sebum and residue also collect in the pores, they can even appear black, almost comparable to blackheads. The darker your skin tone, the more likely the small dots are to stand out.

What to do about clogged pores?

In fact, strawberry legs are a common problem that can only be avoided by proper pre- and post-care of the legs. Tikbow knows the most important tips.

1. peeling legs

Friction with exfoliation removes old and dead skin scales. Thus, the razor blade can be particularly close to the skin entlanggeführt without skin scales clogging the follicles immediately again. Shaving itself is also easier, which in turn reduces irritation and strawberry bones caused by excessive pressure.

2. a clean blade

Only a blade that is stainless and without soap or foam residues will shave well. So if you use your blades more than once or twice, you should always clean them thoroughly under running water after shaving and, in the best case, even disinfect them with a little alcohol. Disposable razors can be an alternative, but should have at least three blades to shave really well. The downside: when it comes to environmental friendliness, disposable razors don’t do well.

3. toner for the legs

What works on the face also works on the legs. After shaving, simply apply facial toner generously with a cotton pad. The best products are those with salicylic acid, which are effective against blackheads and pimples. The toner removes the last remnants of dirt, the pores can contract again. Therefore, it is better to wait with the cream on the legs until the irritated skin has calmed down again and the lotion does not stick in the pores again.