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How to get rid of strawberry legs | HQhair blog

We are all about makin’ sure you feel super sassy confident in your own skin, so if there are skincare problems we can help with we’ll always share our tips and tricks. Recently we’ve seen people worrying about strawberry legs crop up on our insta feed again and again, so we’ve dug into our skincare archives to tell you everything you need to know about how to get rid of strawberry legs.

What are strawberry legs?

If you think of how a strawberry has pores all over its surface, strawberry legs are tiny blackheads that appear all over your legs, most commonly appearing after shaving. That heatwave we had over the weekend? Yep, that meant we all reached for the razor before getting our legs out: great for the tan, not so great for our legs’ health.

As you shave and damage the top layers of the skin (the epidermis), dilated hair follicles may appear, which may be filled with dead skin, beauty products, etc., leading to the blackheads you’ve been seeing. Shaving may also result in ingrown hairs, looking like small red bumps on your legs. Really not the look we were going for.

But are strawberry legs easy to treat? We’ve compiled the skincare routine you need to follow to help get rid of spots on your legs and ingrown hairs.

How to get rid of strawberry legs and ingrown hairs | HQhair blog

How to get rid of strawberry legs

Follow these steps to help heal and soothe legs after shaving.

  • Exfoliate
  • Epilate
  • Moisturise
  • Use a smoother razor


If you have red bumps and blackheads after shaving, we’d recommend adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine asap. It’s great as a preventative measure – basically, exfoliate a day or two before shaving and then regularly do this every few days to maintain your skin’s health and promote skin renewal – however it also works after shaving to help cleanse your skin.

Exfoliating when you have strawberry legs will help to remove dirt and get rid of dead skin cells, meaning your legs will ultimately look smoother.

We love the This Works Perfect Legs 100% Natural Skin Scrub to help make sure your legs look perf’ this summer. Using Pink Himalayan Salt (it’s not just good for instagram, we promise), this exfoliating skin scrub uses all natural ingredients including blackcurrant, sweet almond and crambe oils to simultaneously get rid of those blackheads and moisturise your skin.


If you fancy an alternative to shaving, then epilation could be your next hair removal go-to.

Epilating is much less likely to result in ingrown hairs as it completely removes the entire hair rather than cutting it off at surface level. This means there’s much less impact on your skin (where razors glide over your entire leg, epilators focus on hairs which grow out from surface level), resulting in less irritation and lower chances of blackheads.


Keeping your legs in selfie-worthy condition generally will help to maintain your skin’s health. Make sure you moisturise your legs daily (when you remember!) to keep your legs lookin’ smooth and keep your skin’s barrier intact.

We’d recommend leaving some time after showering/epilating to give your skin time to calm down where possible, as this will give time for your skin’s pores to close. Of course, we’re trying to avoid filling your pores, so waiting will help to get rid of strawberry legs in the long run. If possible, wait half an hour before moisturising.

Depending on your skin type, different moisturisers will work for you. We love the This Works Perfect Legs Gradual Tan for adding a lil glow to your daily routine, however body oils will be perfect for those with drier skin types.

Use a smoother razor

If you’re not quite ready to commit to epilating, then of course shaving is still an option.

We all do it, babe. Make sure you’re regularly replacing your razor as a blunt razor can really have a negative impact on the results of your shave and on your skin. Also, use a shaving foam or oil rather than soap, as a standard soap dries out the skin resulting in a harsher shave.

Once you’ve shaved, quickly run cold water over your legs to close the pores. This means that when you moisturise afterwards you’re much less likely to fill your pores with product.

Has our guide to getting rid of strawberry legs and ingrown hairs helped?

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