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What Are Stretch Marks? Causes, Remedies, and Prevention

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Stretch Marks
 Stretch Mark Causes and treatments

Stretch Mark Causes, Remedies, And Prevention

Stretch marks are a prevalent feature that both men and women suffer from. They are pervasive and have a detrimental effect on people's self-esteem. If it's due to pregnancy or sudden weight gain or loss, this is one vanity distress that can be seen on the stomach, thighs, lower backs, hips, breasts, arms, and butt.




People are also self-conscious about their stretch marks because they are seen as a defect or a flaw in their appearance, which they are not. Stretch marks are very common, and it seems that everybody has them, while some have more so than others.

While some embrace them, the majority of people want to get rid of these lines. There are a lot of ways to do so, but for that, we need to understand what these actually are and if there are any ways you can prevent them too.

So let’s go learn what stretch marks are and their causes, remedies, or any prevention methods!

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, also called Striae or Striae distensae, are a form of skin damage on the skin that has an off-color hue. They will fade away with time, but they will not vanish entirely.

What are stretch marks
What are stretch marks?

They are caused by the dermis splitting during times of rapid body development, such as puberty or pregnancy. They normally develop during the last third trimester and are found on the belly, but they can also be found in other areas of the body.

Stretch marks develop on your skin as patterns of parallel lines. These lines vary in color and texture from purple to bright pink to light grey, and they are distinct from your usual skin.

When you press your fingers against stretch marks, you can see a slight groove or protrusion on your skin. Stretch marks can be itchy or painful at times.

Causes Of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by skin stretching and a rise in cortisol levels in the body. Cortisone is a hormone that the adrenal glands manufacture naturally.

Causes of stretch marks
Causes of stretch marks


However, more and more of this hormone will cause your skin to become brittle. There are many other reasons too -

  • Stretch marks are common in pregnant women, as the skin stretches in a variety of ways to make space for the growing infant. They will develop as a result of this constant tugging and stretching
  • Stretch marks will occur when you gain or lose weight quickly. Stretch marks may appear in teenagers after a rapid growth burst or in bodybuilders when they gain muscle mass too quickly.
  • Long-term use of corticosteroid creams and lotions can lower collagen levels in the skin. Collagen helps to protect and maintain the skin, and a lack of it can lead to stretch marks.
  • Stretch marks may be caused by a variety of disorders, including Marfan syndrome and Cushing's syndrome. Cushing's syndrome stimulates the production of too much of a hormone, which causes rapid weight gain and skin weakness. Marfan syndrome causes skin tissue to lose its elasticity.

Remedies Of Stretch Marks

The only "medication" for stretch marks, according to most physicians, is time. Over time, they will fade and lose their strength. Active stretch marks respond to a variety of treatments, but keep in mind that the effectiveness of any treatment is limited.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you're hoping to get rid of your stretch marks for good, you'll be dissatisfied but you can try to minimize their appearance. Stretch marks may be removed, although this is not guaranteed.

Are you looking for how to remove stretch marks at home? Here we have some basic ways -

  1. Baking Soda And Lemon

Baking soda is a powerful exfoliant, and lemon has bleaching properties that lighten the skin. Baking soda aids in the removal of dead skin cells, which assists in the prevention of stretch marks. Lemon can help to reduce redness and make it less visible. Stretch marks can be removed with baking soda and lemon juice in a simple and quick manner.

Bacon soda for stretch marks
Bacon soda for stretch marks


What you'll need is a tablespoon of baking soda, half a lemon's fresh juice, and cling wrap. A kitchen roll may also be used for this. Blend the two things and add to your stretch marks, then seal them within cling wrap. Take the cling wrap after 20 minutes and rinse it. If you have sensitive skin, it's best to test it out first.

To test the mixture, add a little bit to your forearm and wait 10 minutes to see whether it behaves or itches, then apply it to all of the impacted areas.

Did you know baking soda can be used for home remedies for removing upper lip hair

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera
Aloe vera promotes skin tissue repair 


Aloe vera is a plant that promotes skin tissue repair and hence has incredible healing properties, which many people use to cure sunburn. Aloe vera stretch mark treatment might be the most powerful home remedy for stretch marks.

Pick off a leaf from an aloe vera plant and massage the slimy surface directly onto your skin. After a few minutes, rinse with tepid water Alternatively, an aloe vera gel-based formulation may be used.

In a blender, combine 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, ten vitamin E capsules (only the inside liquid), and five vitamins A capsules' oil. Massage this mixture into your skin until it is completely absorbed in least once a day.

When the skin regenerates, you can see results within a week, making it one of the fastest ways to get rid of stretch marks.

  1. The Medical Ways

Stretch marks usually fade over time. There are therapies that can enhance your condition if you don't want to linger. 


Medical procedures for stretch marks
Medical procedures for stretch marks


Some of those medical treatments for stretch marks are-   

🗹 Tretinoin cream works by rebuilding collagen, a fibrous protein that aids in the elasticity of your skin. This cream works well on red or pink stretch marks that have appeared recently. This cream has the potential to irritate the skin and should not be used if you are pregnant.
🗹 Pulsed dye laser therapy promotes collagen and elastin production. It's better to use this treatment on stretch marks that aren't too old. Skin discoloration is more likely in people with darker skin.
🗹 Microdermabrasion is a procedure that involves cleaning the skin with tiny crystals to expose fresh skin under stretch marks that is more elastic. Stretch marks that are older will benefit from microdermabrasion.

Stretch mark treatments such as medical procedures and prescription medications aren't always successful, and they can be costly so choose wisely.

Prevention Of Stretch Marks

Prevent stretch marks
Prevent stretch marks


Even if you use lotions and creams on a daily basis, there's no way to absolutely avoid stretch marks. There are, however, several measures you can take to keep things under control.

  • 🗹 Maintain a balanced body mass index (BMI).
  • 🗹 It's best to stay away from crazy diets and going on and off about it.
  • 🗹 Consume a vitamin and mineral-rich, well-balanced diet. Vitamins A and C, as well as the minerals zinc and silicon, can be beneficial to the skin if consumed in sufficient amounts.
  • 🗹 During pregnancy, aim for a slow but steady weight gain.
  • 🗹 Per day, drink six to eight glasses of water.

Conclusion

Stretch marks are unaesthetic, but they are a normal and usually temporary issue. They carry no long-term health risks, and therapy is generally aimed at helping the person with stretch marks feel better about themselves.

There are a lot of other ways you can treat stretch marks at home or even medically. Take a look at those and try only what works on your skin and make sure to take an allergy test on the back of your hand before applying it directly.

Let us know what works out for you and what would you like to see next!




Author: Neha holds a master’s degree in commerce and firmly believes in communicating effectively with a personal touch through her deep passion for writing on skincare, beauty, and health. In her free time, she keeps herself busy with her love of reading about nutrition and beauty updates that help to grow her specialization and blending her passion in her informative articles. Currently, she is working for Beauty Tips Network. 



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