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Why do you get strawberry legs?


Can you think of the dotted skin of strawberries? Strawberry skin shows up on the legs in the form of same small black spots. Strawberry legs is a simple condition of the skin where you develop tiny bumpy swellings over the skin.

If you’ve noticed dark spots on your legs, which may resemble small black dots, you may have strawberry legs

Strawberry Legs treatment by Dr Rashmi Sharma, Skin Hair Nail Specialist at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

It is so called because of its resemblance to the fruit strawberry, where the tiny red dots depict the bumpy clogged pores and the background pink colour is the normal skin.

Most Common Causes

  1. Folliculitis: An inflammation of hair follicle mainly caused by bacteria, secondary to shaving or waxing, seen as black dots over a normal skin coloured background.
  2. Comedones: Clogging of hair follicles and keratin plugs cause the skin to turn black, eventually due to exposure to oxygen, seen as sandpaper.
  3. Keratin Pilaris: A condition which could be genetically predisposed, with itchy tiny bumpy papules over the areas like thighs and arms. It looks like permanent goose bumps and is very disappointing to the sufferer. Mostly this condition is hereditary. It can be treated and significantly reduced with introduction of peels and retinoid creams as recommended by your dermatologist.
  4. Irritant Dermatitis: It can occur as a result of contact irritation to the agent used for waxing. Shaving can lead to various cuts and irritation as well. However, taking proper care of your skin can help you get rid of them. One must consult a dermatologist for laser hair reduction as it is the best way to get rid of hair.
  5. Waxing and Shaving: This is one of the basic cause for Strawberry Legs. One must get rid of unwanted hair in a scientific way. However, this can give rise to strawberry legs as well as many other skin ailments.


Strawberry legs can be prevented by taking proper care of your skin and taking a dermatologist’s advice.

Home Remedies

Few home remedies are usually discussed, like use of baking powder or homemade scrubs like brown sugar scrub and egg white, but they provide temporary relief.

It is encouraged that anyone suffering with this aliment should to go to a qualified board certified dermatologist.

Treatment Options

There are many treatments and procedures which can help like Retinoid creams, Salicylic acid based ointments, Chemical peel and Dermabrasion. Any medication should be done under the guidance of a dermatologist.