Here’s the ugly truth: Stretch marks are nature’s form of tattoo. In short, it’s permanent! These series of lightning-looking blemishes are basically scars that a person acquires as a result of rapid increase in body growth and at times, genetic factors and hormonal changes in the body that alters the skin’s ability to produce collagen in the dermis. This causes skin tissues to overstretch and tear. As a result, nasty reddish lines appear on most parts of the body, including the legs, breast, thighs, buttocks and torso.
Moreover, not only it affects ladies – pregnant or not – it is also a known fact that men suffer from this awful skin imperfections, mainly because of obesity and sudden muscle build-up due to hasty body-building. It may not impose serious health risks, but still, it sure can make one feel conscious and insecure about themselves.
Don’t despair. Yes, stretch marks are permanent fixtures in your body once you’ve acquired it. But it does not mean there are no preventions if not, remedies or treatment to “conceal” the lines to say the least.
Hydration is the Key to a Stretch Mark-Free Body
To prevent stretch marks to plague all over your body, it is highly-recommended to regularly and frequently hydrate yourself, ideally 8-10 glasses of water everyday. Water helps the skin to moisturize as well as to detoxify the body. Not only it can revitalize your skin, water is highly beneficial when it comes to maintaining one’s overall well-being and nurturing the fetus of pregnant women. Furthermore, regular exercise program will do the trick for most guys. But wary, as rigorous exercise may cause sudden changes to the body that may trigger muscle development, causing the skin to expand rapidly. Finally, fibers and vitamins coming from fruits and vegetables maintain the smoothness and the elasticity of the skin.
It Can’t Be Removed But It Can Be Concealed
As said earlier, it is still unknown as to how we can totally remove stretch marks. However, there are a number of alternatives to significantly reduce the visibility of those skin impurities. Today, one popular remedy to help diminish the visibility of stretch marks is the application of various creams, lotion and ointment. Such skin care applications are usually fortified with Vitamin E to promote self-healing of the skin, as well as to rejuvenate skin, making it softer and smoother. Other key ingredients are Argan oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter and coconut oil, which help increase the elasticity and resiliency of the skin.
Other Home & Natural Remedies
We can’t deny the fact that natural “remedies” can actually give satisfying results for almost any kind of skin blemishes. Besides, ingredients found in most creams and body care products came from these plants and household staples. To name a few, sugar and oars are two of the many popular home remedies for stretch marks, as it exfoliates the skin, while Aloe Vera is known to have regenerating properties to aid stretch marks and even other skin problems. Olive oil is said to have antioxidant agents that improve blood circulation.
While most women and men resort to easy treatments, there are still quite a large number of people who choose to hand over their cosmetic dilemma to technology such as Photorejuvenation by means of Fractional Laser Resurfacing. Primarily, this non-invasive treatment uses pulses of light to reproduce collagen in the dermis. Moreover, Abdominoplasty AKS Tummy Tuck is another popular treatment for removing stretch marks. Basically, it is a surgery performed to cut off excess skin from the abdominal part. Albeit this surgical procedure has certain limitations, as it only covers the skin from the abdominal part, many patients are still opting to avail the said treatment.
To sum up, resorting to such treatments and medications will not guarantee the removal of stretch marks. As told, it is permanent. On the other hand, before deciding whether or not you should go for the treatment, it is still a best practice to consult a specialist, especially for pregnant women, to evaluate your condition.