Pregnancy : Say goodbye to stretch marks
If you notice that some reddish or purplish lines are showing up on certain parts of your body that means your skin has developed stretch marks. Stretch marks are deep scars that appear as stripes over the skin. Our skin has elasticity in it and when it is stretched extremely, the production of collagen, a protein essential to form connective tissue in the skin is disrupted.
Mostly pregnant women, people who are obese, weight lifters and body builders are more vulnerable to stretch marks. Over 75 per cent of expecting women get stretch marks on their abdomens during last stage of their pregnancy. Weightlifters usually do exercises to build up their muscles which is why they often get stretch marks on their upper arms and shoulder areas.
Most girls and boys approaching puberty experience these fine lines on their skin due to the rapid growth taking place in their body. Stretch marks usually appear over the breasts, thighs, hips, and butt. Stretch marks that appear during puberty turn lighter over a period of time or disappear completely but stretch marks formed later take much time to fade away.
Certain products and treatments are recommended by dermatologists to help lighten the stretch marks and improve the look of the skin.
The process of exfoliation removes the dead layers from the skin and unveils the soft, fresh skin that helps fade the stretch marks considerably. You can use oatmeal or baking soda to make your own preparations, or choose from the many scented, specially prepared formulas available. You must apply plenty of moisturizer on your to skin to keep it soft and hydrated after exfoliation.
Creams and Lotions :
Application of different types of creams and lotions improve the texture of the skin, removes itchiness and make stretch marks lighter. Most of these creams work fast over newly developed scars but do not produce efficacious results over severe stretch marks, or those more than a year old.
Laser Treatment :
Laser treatment is recommended for severe stretch marks. The cost of laser treatment is usually hefty on your pocket but it does miracles on your skin by improving its appearance. Laser treatment can cause minor to moderate pain but it is worth a try if you really want to get rid of those lines on your body. The treatment also helps to stimulate the collagen growth in skin.
Cosmetic surgery :
Repairing damaged skin fibers is not possible so one way to remove the stretch marks is cosmetic surgery. During surgery, the skin is cut away; though in some instances, doctors cannot remove all of the damage. An added benefit of cosmetic surgery is the ability to tighten the remaining skin that helps improve the appearance of stretch marks.
Home remedies for stretch marks :
Cocoa Butter is known for its beneficial healing properties for the skin. It smoothes out the stretch marks if applied regularly on the affected areas. Do not expect that the stretch marks will be alleviated instantly, the process may take several months but eventually the outcome is satisfactory.
Self-tanners and sunless tanning treatments can also help cover up the stretch marks. Tanners serve as make up to hide your stripes temporarily and should be used occasionally. Do not apply them regularly as they may harm your skin in the long run.
A balanced diet that include fruits and vegetables, fish liver oils, almonds and other nuts, eggs, beans and fish keep your skin healthy and help prevent and heal stretch marks. Intake of vitamins A, E, C and zinc also provide nutrition for your skin.
Out of the above discussed treatments and remedies you can pick one for yourself and we hope that you have a skin which is smoother, healthier and younger looking.