Let's Talk About Pores on Your Legs

Updated 05/25/17

Whether you call it strawberry legs, shaving spots or something else entirely, we all know that trying to get rid of those dark pores on our legs is difficult. Where did they come from? What even are they? And why are they so stubbornly visible? Since there are lots of us all asking the very same questions, especially as party season hits with the question of whether to go with tights or bare legs, we decided to investigate once and for all how best to deal with these pesky pores.

Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about pores on your legs, and how to minimise them.

What Causes "Strawberry Legs"?

First up, what exactly are those dark dots? While some have given them the nickname “strawberry legs” on account of the fruit’s similarly dotted skin, in medical terms, they’re what’s known as open comedones. Dilated hair follicles that are naturally filled with the body’s natural oils and sebum.

The reason for their dark appearance, however, is that similar to the way in which blackheads can form on your face, these widened pores filled with oils can also attract bacteria and dead skin cells, all of which oxidises in the open air, thus turning a darker colour near the surface of your skin. The comedones, aka hair follicles, aka pores, are left more “open” following hair removal, which is why your dots are often more visible after shaving or waxing.

How to Get Rid of Pores on Your Legs

The bad news is that you can’t get rid exactly, as pores and hair follicles are all a natural part of your skin, and are quite necessary to keep everything healthy. However, there are things you can do to minimise the appearance of those dark dots. Hurrah!

Makeup artist and Sienna X tanning ambassador Carly Hobbs is an expert in helping her clients flaunt flawless skin from head to toe. So naturally, we asked her how best to deal with the issue. “You can banish the appearance of pesky pores on your legs by firstly giving them a rinse with cold water—the chill factor encourages them to close,” Hobbs explains.

“Then get to work on a cover-up job. Grab a tanning mitt—I love the Sienna X Luxury Tanning Mitt (£4)—then squeeze two parts of a lightweight foundation like MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation (£22) into the middle of it. Next, add one part Sienna X Radiance Body Balm (£12), and I like to add a little squeeze of Barry M Light Me Up Liquid Highlighter (£5), too.

“Close the mitt in your hand to mix all the products together, and then begin to wipe the mixture all over your legs in long sweeping motions. Pat over patches that need a little more blending, and then leave it all to set for five minutes. Et voilá, you can now strut your non-porey stuff!”

Your Flawless-Legs Shopping List

Therapie Awaken Skin Rehab Scrub $10
This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle $37
Susanne Kaufmann Leg and Vein Spray Cooling $23
MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation $22
Sienna X Radiance Body Balm $12
Vita Liberata Body Blur $30

Opening Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

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