Most people dream of having baby-smooth and clear skin but almost every time you are faced with results you do not want. These results can be anything, from open pores to acne marks to dry skin. Red Light Therapy is a common method for acne marks and open pores. But the most common problem that seems to arise for people are stretch marks. Unlike other skin difficulties, stretch marks still have no exact cure, which just makes it all the more mysterious and even annoying. But, overtime people have settled on trying out different approaches in order to make the stretch marks less visible and least to say, they do prove to be somewhat of a success for the majority of the population. Before we comprise a list of all the reasons why they occur and what their treatments are, it will be wiser if you had a basic understanding over why they appear in the first place.
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What are stretch marks?
Striae, commonly known as stretch marks are typically just a scarring of the skin that is a result of the tearing of the dermis naturally because of circumstances associating with rapid growth or rapid weight change. Any age group can have stretch marks, maybe because of puberty, hormonal changes, pregnancy etc. These marks can appear almost on any part of the body but mostly on areas that have large amounts of fat stored in them. When they start to appear for the first time, the affected area may start to feel wrinkly and in some cases slightly itchy as well. Striae have reddish to purplish hues which over time tend to lose color and fade away. But the areas that had the marks can feel soft on touching.
Causes for stretch marks
Most factors that cause stretch marks are harmless and are rather because of natural cases such as pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss, or simply just losing collagen in your skin can create stretch marks due to aging. But sometimes, the reason behind these marks can also be quite harmful. Gland disorders for one, such as when the adrenal gland increases the produce of a hormone called Cortisone can make your skin start to lose its elasticity, in result sagging and then forming stretch marks.
Ways in Which You Could Get Rid of Stretch Marks
So let us say you already have stretch marks,what can you do to get rid of them? We have a few things listed below which could help.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is highly effective when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated and fresh. At least 8 glasses of water is recommended in order to keep your skin feeling fresh and smooth like a baby’s bottom!
Avoid Crash Diets
For those who are aiming on losing weight or vice versa, avoid going on crash diets as that will make your skin lose or gain fat in a very drastic way. Instead, aim for a gradual and slow method of weight change. That way, your skin will thank you in the future for taking such good care of it.
Creams, Oils and Lotions
There are many cosmetic products which claim to work on stretch marks, some which are very popular among women who wish to get rid of these marks after giving birth or after any surgery. You can even use them for early prevention by applying them on a daily basis after your skin has been wet and hydrated most possibly after a shower or warm bath. That is generally when your pores are really open and can receive moisture properly. Make it a point to purchase products that consist of ingredients which can not only moisturize but also consist of naturally collagen promoting substances, such as Aloe Vera or cocoa butter. It will be much better if you can go all natural and just get the real aloe or cocoa butter instead.
If you do not want to use any cosmetic products and cannot afford medical treatments then you can try out some home remedies. These remedies may take longer for the results to show but they are generally safe and quite effective.
Castor Oil- This miracle oil has been around for ages and is very effective on treating a number of skin problems such as wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines. You can apply this oil on the affected area and massage well everyday to notice visible results within a month or so.
Aloe Vera – This plant has agel that works wonders on the skin and hair. Its healing properties can be used to treat stretch marks when mixed with vitamin E oil and rubbed gently on the skin every day.
Olive Oil- Extra Virgin Olive Oil has vitamins A, D and E which are great for the natural health of the skin. You can warm the oil a bit before massaging it into the affected skin.
Potato Juice- Potato juice has properties that restore skin cells by promoting cell growth. All you need is a couple of potato slices to rub on the affected area. The starch from the potato must be allowed to cover and rest on the marks for at least a few minutes or until completely dry. Just wash off the area with warm water afterwards.
Egg Whites- Another tried and tested method is to use egg whites. Be sure to use only the white part by removing the yolk completely. Beat the white until fluffy and use a soft brush to apply to your stretch marks. Once dry you can wash it off with cold water. Apply olive oil to the area to prevent over drying of the skin.
Early prevention methods
Needless to say, it is better if you start taking care of your skin from an early stage if you want to reduce the probability of having stretch marks in the near future. It is certainly not that hard to do so, and it isn’t expensive either. Mainly all you have to do is maintain a very balanced diet. Your diet should be rich in vitamins and minerals while having just enough fat in it but not too much.
Common questions regarding stretch marks
How do I know my stretch marks are starting to fade away?
You will start to notice that your marks are getting less and less visible while also losing pigmentation at the same time. In addition to that, you may feel that affected area feels more tender or soft.
Are stretch marks harmful?
No, they are not. Personally for some people, stretch marks tend to be just a bother or make them insecure over their body but they usually fade away. Unless your marks itch a lot or hurt, or you feel like you should get checked up anyways, it is recommended you talk to a specialist.
Can men get stretch marks too?
Yes, men are also very prone to getting stretch marks. Reasons men get marks are generally cause of the same hormonal, puberty reasons or because of drastic weight change due to working out.
We hope you are now more informed about stretch marks and how you can prevent/treat them. Stretch marks are not generally harmful to the body but they can affect one’s confidence level and leave you feeling less happy about your body. Try out what ever method works best for you from above but be sure to give it some time because these treatments take time.