Even though our skin happens to be very elastic, nevertheless over stretching may lead to stretch marks.
It usually happens at the time of puberty when girls and boys body go through a speedy change, during pregnancy or when you happen to gain or lose weight.
With elastic skin, sometimes the production of collagen gets affected which can lead to stretch marks in many areas of our body, such as the bikini area, stomach, thighs, hands, breasts, hips, legs and even buttocks. Even though the stretch marks appear to be normal from outside, the stretching actually occurs inside.
The lower layer of the skin which provides it strength and elasticity tend to get thinner and uneven. As you know, skin is very transparent, and if you look closely even blood vessels can be easily seen. This is why we can see the stretching which has occurred as well.
Men suffer from stretch marks too. These stretch marks usually disappear over a period of time, but some can last as well, depending upon the marks, and how they were caused.
Stretch marks start to develop in some women, who are pregnant on the abdomen during their second half of the pregnancy. The skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby, which is growing daily.
The color of the marks, can depend sometimes on the color of your skin. Depending on your skin color the mark may begin as a pink, reddish, brown, or dark brown color. These reddish-brown marks fade gradually with the passage of time, and later on may look like shining silver lines.
During their pregnancy, women may notice the stretching of skin a lot near the abdomen and breasts. These are normally caused partially due to hormonal changes. Women who have weaker collagen tend to get more stretch marks than others and may require even more time for the marks to heal, or fade.
Research has showed that due to frail pelvic ligaments, some women might suffer from stretch marks, in the pelvic region as well. This can sometimes be prevented by doing pelvic floor exercises.
Bodybuilders have also been known to get stretch marks due to the rapid growth of their bodies as well, which in someways are similar to pregnant women.
Remedial measures for stretch marks that I have recommended to my clients, and readers are below.
This article is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is not to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice or any doctors recommendation. Prior to beginning any weight loss program, individuals must consult a physician for proper diagnosis and/or treatment.
- Applying collagen creams, even though its benefits are still unclear so check it up with your doctor before applying any lotions
- Cocoa butter creams are said to do wonders to your skin as it softens scars
- Applying olive oil and Vitamin E oil which would help in getting rid of the stretch marks
- Mixture of 1/2 cup virgin oil, 1/4 cup aloe Vera gel including liquid of 6 Vitamin E capsules and liquid from 4 Vitamin A capsules mix then together and store it in the fridge to be applied daily
- Have a healthy diet which has plenty of protein and is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which helps in tissue growth
- Mixture of any carrier oils like avocado, sweet almond, jojoba mixed with drops of lavender and few drops of chamomile can still do wonders on your skin
- Massaging your body with most of these oils would tone your body making it more supple and soft