What are Stretch Marks and Can You Get Rid of Them?

Stretch marks

Research has shown that 8 out of 10 people have stretch marks on their skin.

To avoid development of the stretch marks you have to know how they appear and what to do to reduce them.

Stretch marks are damage of connective tissue which is caused by too rapid stretching of the skin.

They are some kind of scars.

In rapid stretching of the skin, connective tissue can’t adapt quickly and therefore comes to his damage.

In some people, the connective tissue is lower quality and tendency of development of stretch marks is increased.

They are not dangerous but they can cause problems with self-image.


What Causes Stretch Marks?

Genetics is one of the reasons for the development of stretch marks.

It has a big role in the development of skin and it determines its quality. So, we can’t affect that segment.

For the development of stretch marks, the most important are genetics and how fast can skin stretch.

Faster expansion leads to greater damage to the skin.

Stretch marks start appearing:

  • during the puberty
  • due to weight gain
  • pregnancy
  • in some diseases such as cancer of the adrenal glands

11 Tips How to Prevent Stretch Marks

   1.) Control your weight

Sudden changes in body weight lead to changes on your skin.

If you do not maintain your body weight and suddenly gain weight or even lose weight rapidly you are the main candidate for stretch marks.

   2.) Use a moisturizer

There is no proven cream to prevent them, but keeping your skin moisturized can reduce the risk of stretch marks.

   3.) Stay hydrated

To keep your skin soft and healthy you need to drink enough water and stay hydrated.

Research has shown that the recommended daily dose for men is slightly more than 3 liters (101 OZ), while for women, the recommended dose is about 2.2 liters (75 OZ) per day.

   4.) Eat omega-3s

Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the powerful anti-inflammatory substances and they protect and allow the skin to stay hydrated.

   5.) Get Vitamin D

With foods such as salmon, tuna, sardines, eggs, cheese, milk, and other food supplements.

Also, Don’t forget that the Sun is a source of Vitamin D which is essential for the health of your skin.

But, you have to know that too much sun exposure is not healthy and can lead to negative changes in the skin and even skin cancer, so you need to be careful.

   6.) Get vitamin C

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and revitalizer. He plays an important role in collagen production which gives elasticity to the skin. It also prevents the appearance of stretch marks.

Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, citrus fruits such as grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and lemon.

Also, we can find it in a very popular winter specialty sauerkraut.

   7.) Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Eating various fruits and vegetables provides the skin with essential vitamins and minerals that allow her to keep it clean and healthy.

Fruits and vegetables are generally low-calorie food so at the same time you are covering the first advice to control your weight.

   8.) Use plenty of support, especially when exercising

Women should always wear a bra when they are exercising because breast skin will stretch from bouncing.

Also Sleeping in a bra may prevent stretch marks. While lying down turned on the belly, you press your breasts into the surface and it can go to the side which eventually results stretching of the skin and the possible occurrence of stretch marks.

   9.) Zinc

Zinc is a chemical element that is essential for many processes in your body.

It is important because it maintains good eyesight, appetite, the senses of taste and smell, strengthens bones, muscles, hair, nails and promotes healing of the skin.

Zinc deficiency most often occurs because of improper diet and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Including zinc-rich foods in your diet, such as oysters, beef, chicken, mushrooms, low-fat yogurt, pumpkin or hemp seeds may help keep your skin healthy.

   10.) Get Dermatology treatments

If you notice stretch marks on your skin, the best advice would be to look for a dermatologist.

He will tell you on what you need to pay attention and how to prevent the formation of new ones and treat current.

   11.) Avoid Smoking

We all know that smoking is not a good habit especially in the case when you want to get rid of stretch marks.

Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and takes away the oxygen that is required for skin regeneration

Besides, smoking leads to various diseases and complications.


White Stretch Marks

White stretch marks are older and more difficult to treat than red.

Yet there is a possibility that with a variety of treatments they will fade.

Be sure to consult with your dermatologist who will know what treatments you need to get the wanted results as soon as possible.


Red Stretch Marks

Red or purple stretch marks are the new ones and they are much easier to treat than the old ones.

They have a red color due to the blood vessels that lie beneath the skin and they are easier to treat and eventually get rid of them.


How to Avoid Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

During the pregnancy, 50-90% of women get stretch marks.

Stretch marks start to develop faster in the last stage of pregnancy when the baby starts to grow faster.

Researches say that some hormones during pregnancy may increase the risk of stretch marks appearing.

The biggest possibility to stretch marks appear is in the area of the stomach and chest.

Stretch marks are the result of your body’s growth and it is almost impossible to stop it but you can follow those 11 tips on how to prevent it.


How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

The most effective stretch marks remove method is laser treatment that gives 50-75% of successful results in reducing unwanted scars.

The laser works by sending pulses of energy to your skin, without causing any damage to your skin.

On that way cells think that they are injured, then the body begins the natural healing process and produces new collagen cells in those places.

The next best solution would be Microneedling, which is the process with tiny needles that are poked into your skin to activate the production of collagen.

Same as the laser treatment, Microneedling requires multiple sessions to see the results.

It takes about 4 months to see the first results.

The last option would be various creams but they are not nearly effective as laser treatment and Microneedling.

However, I would recommend you to Consult with your dermatologist about every treatment so he can give you his opinion and find the best method for your case.

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