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Why Do My Legs Have Freckles?

Why Do My Legs Have Freckles?

So you’ve noticed that your legs never feel quite smooth enough and that you have a million little dark spots where your hair follicles are. Well my friend you may just have what is known as keratosis pilaris (kp). Other wise known as strawberry legs or chicken skin. Keratosis pilaris can occur almost anywhere on the skin but is commonly experienced on the lower legs, back of thighs, and elbows. The cause is an overproduction of keratin, due to genetics. According to dermatologists, there is no cure for this condition, but there are different ways to temporarily diminish the effects.

Exfoliate?

Yes, you should start or continue to exfoliate. However, too much exfoliation will actually aggravate symptoms. I recommend exfoliating 3-4 times a week, instead of everyday. Some good products to exfoliate with, that help soften and smooth the skin are: 

Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand & Body Scrub

Acid Peels

I know this sounds scary, but trust me, it’s not as hard as it seems to do at home. Especially when you get your peels from Make Up Artists' Choice! They give you very detailed directions, and if you are still hesitant have license aesthetician that you can consult with. I recommend looking into the 5 Acid Body Peel and the Triple Enzyme Peel, depending on your skin type.

 

Moisturize

The key here is finding a moisturize with key ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxyl acids. Just like with any skincare product, one size doesn’t fit all, so you may have to experiment and you may even find products that make no mention of smoothing, will help reduce the signs Keratosis Pilaris. Here are some great moisturizers to treat this issue! 

Amlactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream

Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Daily Defense Body Butter

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