All You Need to Know About Stretch Marks

STRETCH MARKS

 

Stretch marks can never be pleasing and you’d certainly wish to get rid of them. Although these marks won’t disappear they might fade away over the time and become less noticeable with some products and procedures. 

WHAT ARE STRETCH MARKS?

They are irregular lines or streaks that appear on the skin especially due to pregnancy and obesity. In their initial stage, these lines appear in red or purple color, indicating that it could be healed faster as compared to the white stretch marks.

WHAT CAUSES THEM?

While pregnancy and obesity are the most vulnerable cases of having stretch marks, there are a few more reasons that could trigger the same.

  1. Hormonal imbalance
  2. Growth spurts in teenagers
  3. Medication side effects
  4. A rapid increase in muscle size through weightlifting
  5. Heredity

WHO GETS THEM?

Men or women, young or old, anybody can get them! 

As long as your skin is stretching or expanding you definitely should expect them. If you’ve got stretch marks without any change in body size, you should immediately get yourself checked with the doctor. Chances are you might be having certain steroids or some medication whose side effects may be causing you to have those marks.

WHERE DO THEY OCCUR?

These may occur in many parts of the body, the most common of the places being:

  1. Thighs
  2. Breasts
  3. Arms
  4. Back
  5. Buttocks
  6. Lower abdomen
  7. Hips

HOW CAN I TREAT THEM?

Stretch marks are permanent. They don’t disappear but do fade away with time, making it less noticeable. The treatment could be broadly classified into two categories:

  • BY PRODUCTS

Products like creams, oils, and ointments are affordable methods of reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Many organic creams and balms have been made available to treat them. Results take time but would speed up the natural healing process of the scars.

  •  BY PROCEDURES

Procedures such as microdermabrasion, micro-needling, laser therapy & cosmetic surgery have proven to be effective in removing the white scars or stretch marks from your body. However, cosmetic surgery may be expensive and may leave a few scars of its own. Before pursuing any of the mentioned procedures, consult your dermatologist.

Key Takeaways:

There is no such theory to prove that these marks can be prevented but keeping the skin moisturized and supple can decrease the risk of acquiring stretch marks. You can always rely on balms and essential oils to mitigate the severity of your stretch marks, however, a professional help is always recommended.

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