Stretch marks can happen to anyone but they are certainly annoying. They often occur on the legs and stomach for various reasons that will be discussed. If you have unsightly and embarrassing stretch marks that you would like to get rid of this article is just for you. Use the advice found here to finally rid yourself of stretch marks and wear your bathing suit at the beach with pride again!
What Are Stretch Marks and Why Do They Occur on the Skin?
Stretch marks are a very natural part of a growing body. They are annoying and don’t look very nice but they are nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed of. Basically everyone has them and most often people get stretch marks on the stomach thighs calves and arms. They tend to appear as bright red lines or jagged ridges to begin with and over time they lighten in color and turn to a faded silver or gray.
Stretch marks occur for a number of reasons. They can happen to men or women but women seem to experience these marks more often than men. The main reason that stretch marks appear is that your body simply grows to fast for your skin to keep up. For example if you have a growth spurt doing puberty you might get stretch marks because you are growing so fast. In addition pregnant women get stretch marks when their stomach grows. Finally stretch marks can occur on anyone who gains a lot of fat or muscle very rapidly.
Natural Remedies to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks
There are some natural remedies that can help immensely with diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. First you can try vitamin E oil. Make sure to get an organic container of this oil as non-organic variants tend to have toxic additives. Rub this oil on your skin with a cotton pad or cotton ball every night before you go to sleep.
In addition creams that contain Shea butter and coconut oil—both natural ingredients that are great for your skin—can help with the reduction of stretch marks. Massaging with your finger tips while rubbing either one of these substance on your stretch marks will also help to break up the stretch marks.
Creams to Get Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks
There are many creams and serums on the market that will claim to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks. Not all of these products will work the way they say they will.
The best types of creams and serums to use on stretch marks have Retinol in them. Retinol is an ingredient that is derived from vitamin A. It can be used on fine lines and wrinkles stretch marks sunspots and age spots to reduce their appearance. Retinol does this buy exfoliating the skin and sloughing off dead skin cells so that new and smooth skin is revealed underneath. You can find Retinol products online or in drugstores. Your dermatologist can also prescribe Retinol creams.
Laser Therapy to Get Rid of Stretch Marks Once and for All
There are many types of laser therapies that are used to get rid of different conditions on the skin. Laser therapy is used for excess hair removal on the face and body to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to take care of age spots. Lasers can also be used on stretch marks.
Keep in mind that if you want to get laser therapy performed on your stretch marks you may need to pay several hundreds of dollars to complete the entire process. It usually takes 3 or more sessions. But if you do get laser therapy on your stretch marks you will likely be very happy with the results. They may not completely disappear but they will almost be gone entirely.
Weight Control and Weight Loss to Stop Stretch Marks
As stated earlier in the article most stretch marks are caused by rapid weight gain. The weight gain may be caused by natural changes in the body. For example puberty and pregnancy can both cause stretch marks and this makes them hard to avoid in these cases.
However because stretch marks can also be caused by weight gain that occurs simply from excess inactivity and overeating high calorie and fatty foods it is important to note that if you can keep your weight under control this will greatly reduce your chances of getting stretch marks in the first place. Very overweight or obese people sometimes have deep and dark stretch marks.
But you already have stretch marks that were caused by a rapid gain of fat on the body don’t worry. There are things you can do in this case too. For instance you may be able to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks if you simply lose excess weight. The stretch marks will still remain on the skin but they will definitely be less noticeable. This is good to remember in case you’re looking to lose weight and reduce the appearance of stretch marks at the same time. You could kill two birds with one stone if you go on a diet and exercise regimen.
Living With Stretch Marks
Keep in mind that stretch marks are a part of human growth. If you are a healthy human being—male or female—you will probably have stretch marks on at least one place on your skin. This is not to say that it is not annoying to have these stretch marks.
Some people are lucky enough to have very faint stretch marks that can hardly be seen so they probably won’t worry about them too much. These stretch marks tend to be a very light gray or silver color. But those who have many stretch marks that are deep dark red and very noticeable will have more of a struggle. Don’t get too caught up in having stretch marks but also use this article as a guide to take care of those that you can.
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