Stretch marks can be a cause of concern and insecurity for many of us but they can be effectively treated. For some background on why they occur, and tips on how to heal, conceal, and minimize their appearance, read on.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are actually scarring in the dermis, a middle layer of the skin that’s full of collagen and elastic fibres that help maintain your skin’s shape and flexibility. However, when the dermis is stretched too far, it can tear. These tears create scar-like lines, or stretch marks.
Stretch marks typically appear as indented streaks or lines, ranging from pink to purple in colour. Over time, they generally assume a whiter hue. Affected areas are often the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, arms, and breasts. They pose no health risks but many people find them cosmetically unappealing.
Who Gets Them?
While women, particularly those who are pregnant, are more susceptible to stretch marks, anyone who undergoes a rapid period of growth or weight gain can develop them. This includes adolescents experiencing growth spurts and bodybuilders whose muscle development outpaces their skin’s ability to accommodate the increase in mass. Also, individuals who take corticosteroid medication are particularly vulnerable as cortisone inhibits collagen production, weakening the skin’s elasticity.
What To Do About Them
Stretch marks will naturally become less noticeable over time, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do about them in the meantime.
First, adopting a proactive approach will help you avoid new stretch marks while keeping any existing ones from getting worse. That means maintaining a consistent, healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and staying active. If you are pregnant, consult your physician regarding a nutrition and exercise routine that will help you gain weight more steadily. Not only will it help reduce the risk of stretch marks, it will give your baby a great start.
Second, make moisturizing your skin a priority. What’s so important about moisture? Well, dry skin is particularly vulnerable to stretch marks because collagen and elastic fibres, which help your skin withstand stretching, need moisture to be at their most effective. To ensure your skin is sufficiently hydrated, gently massage a deep moisturizing cream into any affected areas at least once daily. Rostoplasc’s 100% organic Cream for Stretch Marks, which will help visibly reduce your stretch marks in just weeks, is a fantastic option. Also, consuming plenty of water will replenish your body’s natural moisture while helping to remove any unwanted toxins. While eight glasses per day is recommended, if you’re an avid exerciser, live in a particularly warm climate, or are breastfeeding, you likely require a bit more.
Finally, if new stretch marks do appear, react quickly! That’s because newer marks (often those that look pink or red) are more receptive to treatment than ones that are more mature.