Stretch marks are of the greatest occurrence among women after pregnancy and delivery, as well as during the last period of their pregnancy. This is because of fast weight gain, which makes the skin stretch and remain stretched for a long time. As a result, stretch marks mostly appear on the stomach, around breasts, on thighs and buttocks, and on upper arms.
However, pregnancy is not the only factor causing this kind of cosmetic defect. Even genetic disposition or heredity may play their negative role. If you know your mother has stretch marks, your chances to get them too are high enough.
People using oral steroids or steroid creams to treat some skin conditions (for example, eczema or psoriasis) may get this kind of trouble as well.
Even young girls and boys sometimes get stretch marks within their adolescence because of fast growth and development of their body and sharp hormone changes accompanying this age.
There is another group of risk, which consists of individuals trying to lose (or, sometimes, gain) weight rapidly – intentionally or due to some circumstances (e.g. diet, overheating, active exercising etc).
So what can we do for natural stretch mark prevention?
- You may consider undergoing laser surgery, if you want to remove stretch marks effectively. This is probably the fastest and the most efficient method to handle the problem. The rate of success is about 75% in this case. The underlying idea is to create a series of tiny wounds on the area where stretch marks are present, thus stimulating the skin to regenerate and produce new collagen. So the new tissue is replaced for the scarred one. This is a very popular method, though rather expensive because it requires a number of healing sessions.
- Another method implies using retinoids-based anti-aging crèmes. Retinoids are related to vitamin A. They have proven their ability to reduce appearance of stretch marks due to regulation of growth of epithelial cells. Notice that pregnant women are strictly recommended to avoid using this kind of crèmes.
Microdermabrasion is a relatively new method to treat the problem in question. It uses a flow of tiny sand crystals to abrade stretch marks and remove dead cells of your skin. This method stimulates the collagen production as well, thus causing regeneration of skin cells and disappearing of stretch marks already present on some parts of your body.
- Stretch mark creams. There is a wide range of stretch mark prevention creams, gels, and lotions. Their action is based on some nutritive ingredients like vitramins A, E, D, cocoa or shea butter, aloe vera, and some others. Moisturizing of the skin promotes removing and prevents propagating of stretch marks. The creams also boost production of collagen, which is believed to be the best stretch mark prevention of itself.
- Cosmetic surgery. This is a kind of invasive surgical procedure aimed to remove stretch marks. Despite it is a rather effective method, we would strictly advise to consider this option at the end of the line, after all other remedies appeared to be ineffective. Nonetheless, during the operation, excessive fat in the areas of stretch marks is removed as well, which is an advantage, of course.
What Could We Do In Order To Prevent Stretch Marks?
One of the major principles to avoid appearance of stretch marks is to exclude fast weight gain or loss. If you still need or want to change your weight considerably, please do it slowly.
To cope with the problem in the period of pregnancy, use special creams or lotions to keep your skin moisturized and supple enough to avoid appearance of those hated scars. Stimulation of collagen production due to application of this kind of creams will also add to protection of your body against stretch marks.
Pregnant women should also avoid scratching their tummy, especially during the late period of their pregnancy. Instead, use special creams to rub your skin and maintain it moisturized. This will help you to avoid stretch marks.
Believe it or not, a healthy diet can really reduce your chances to get stretch marks. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and some other foodstuffs rich in vitamins and antioxidants would be a proper diet helping your skin to preserve good condition. Along with this, products with vitamins and zinc boost production of collagen to maintain elasticity of the skin.
Drinking water is a vital product for everybody, especially for individuals eager to avoid dryness and dehydration of the skin. So keep eye on what you drink and how much you drink.
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