No one is spared from stretch marks: both men and women can have them. And it’s not just the older folk who can have them, too — adolescents can have them because of rapid growth and hormonal changes; also people who lose a big amount of weight in a short period of time.
Mothers who get pregnant also face this concern because — let’s face it — stretch marks do not look good, especially on a woman’s tummy.
Why do stretch marks happen?
A matrix of collagen and elastin supports the dermis (skin’s deeper layer) and epidermis (skin’s outer layer), but gaps may form when the skin is stretched excessively. It is these gaps of broken tissue that cause discolored streaks (striae) that appear on the surface of our skin in pinkish, reddish-blue or translucent white hues.
The good news is that stretch marks can be treated. We found 10 ways.
- Apply lotion on a regular basis to moisturize the stretched skin.
- Drink lots of water and moisturize from within.
- Apply Vitamin E, popular for reducing the appearance of scars, including stretch marks.
- Apply cocoa butter, rich in anti-oxidants and a safe moisturizer for sensitive or young skin.
- Exfoliate with coffee beans (grind them first) mixed with lotion or oil. This will help even out the surface of the skin.
- Exercise and help skin regenerate.
- Undergo cosmetic procedure. Aesthetic centers offer stretch mark removal. This could be costly, though.
- Undergo acid peel. There are over-the-counter and grocery creams that claim to do this, but we suggest you consult a dermatologist first.
- Eat food rich in vitamins A and C. They help make collagen and elastin that, in turn, help to remove stretch marks.
- Apply a stretch mark cream that can help rebuild collagen and help the skin regain elasticity. This reduces the size and lessens the appearance of stretch marks.
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