𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗘𝗧𝗖𝗛 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗞𝗦- 𝗪𝗛𝗬 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗬 𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗔𝗥 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗧𝗢 𝗚𝗘𝗧 𝗥𝗜𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗠
It is well known that stretch marks are caused due to overstretching of the skin, which happens commonly during puberty or pregnancy.
Naturally, the skin is fairly elastic, so it is used to stretching, but not overstretching. Rapid growth of the body or weight change can cause a disruption in the production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) and this results in a scar called Stretch Mark.
Pregnancy, obesity, bodybuilding or something even as simple as growing up can cause stretch marks to the body and it commonly appears on the abdomen, breast, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs, hips and even the buttocks.
Although stretch marks don't pose any health risk, however they are often a cosmetic nuisance and can cause some form of emotional distress and even irritation of the skin.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗼 𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗥𝗶𝗱 𝗢𝗳 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀
Like any scar, stretch marks can be permanent, but several treatment may make them less noticeable. Treatment can also help alleviate the itching.
Researchers have studied many of the creams, lotions, and gels sold to treat stretch marks. While it’s important to understand that no single treatment works for everyone and no one product seems to help all of the time, researchers have discovered some helpful tips to getting result from these products.
If you want to try one of these creams, lotions, or gels to fade stretch marks, be sure to:
1. Use the product on early stretch marks. Treatment seems to have faster effect on early stretch marks than on mature stretch marks.
2. Massage the product into your stretch marks. Take time to massage the product gently into your skin to make it more effective.
3. Apply the product every day for weeks. If you would see results, they take weeks to appear, so be patient and be persistent.
𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀
In studies, two ingredients seem to offer some relief:
In two large studies, applying hyaluronic acid to early stretch marks made the stretch marks less noticeable.
Tretinoin is a retinoid, which may also make early stretch marks less noticeable. In one study, people who applied this prescription cream every night for 24 weeks had less noticeable stretch marks. Those who didn’t apply the cream saw their early stretch marks grow. Other studies have found similar results.
Retinol, another type of retinoid, may also help fade early stretch marks.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before treating stretch marks. Some products contain ingredients, such as retinol, that can harm your baby.