Dark pores are caused by impurities becoming trapped inside the skin. These impurities, including sebum, excess oil, dirt and bacteria, become lodged inside the pores and are oxidized, turning the pores brown. Often referred to as blackheads, dark pores can occur anywhere on the body, and can be difficult to eliminate because they do not usually respond to over-the-counter acne products. When dark pores appear on the legs, there are certain treatments and remedies that can be used to effectively eliminate them.
Women often notice the appearance of dark pores after shaving their legs. Using a dull razor that pulls at the hair, but doesn’t completely remove the follicle, can cause this. The hair follicle opening becomes clogged and blocked with oil and dead skin cells. One thing you can do is to stop shaving. If that’s not a possibility, shave less frequently
Actress/talk show host Raven-Symone has this problem. She calls them “strawberry legs”—the dark pores that resemble dark dots on the legs. Just like strawberries with tiny spots covering the fruit’s surface, dark pores can be quite noticeable on the legs, especially on light or olive skin tones. The medical term for these pores is open comedones. These are open pores that have excess oil, dirt and bacteria trapped inside the skin. Once exposed to the air, the oil reacts with oxygen and the pores turn dark or black.
Camouflage makeup is a quick fix, but if you don’t adequately remove the makeup you can end up making the problem worse by clogging the pores or further irritating the skin with chemical ingredients. And who wants to apply and then remove leg makeup every day? There’s also a chance of the makeup getting all over clothing and other things that your legs touch. So what can you do? Here are a few tips to help you get rid of dark pores on the legs.
Soak the legs in a hot bathtub to open the pores and loosen dead skin. Fill a bathtub full of hot water, but not hot enough to scald the skin. Soak in the hot bath for at least 15 minutes, making sure to completely cover the areas affected by dark pores.
Exfoliate the skin using a natural, mildly abrasive scrub, such as baking soda. Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your hand, and mix 1 teaspoon of warm water into it. Spread the baking soda paste onto the area affected by dark pores, and gently massage it in using small, circular motions for three to four minutes.
Massage the legs with a tea tree oil mixture that will keep the pores free of bacteria. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your palm, and mix 2 drops of tea tree oil into it. Massage the oils into the areas affected by dark pores for at least three minutes. Allow the oils to remain on the skin and soak in.