Stretch marks or striae affect a lot of people. People tend to think stretch marks only affect women, especially pregnant women, but in fact men and children also have them. In fact, over the majority of teenage girls and almost half teenage boys will have stretch marks at some point.
Stretch marks are caused when your skin becomes overstressed by wear and tear. Your skin is designed to be elasticated and is impressively durable, but there are instances where the skin regrowth can’t keep up. This causes the blood vessels to burst and become visible as stretch marks. The most common causes are growth spurts and rapid weight gain, but there are other causes like increased hormone production that can contribute to them.
Generally striae don’t cause any health issues or problems. However, they can be unsightly, especially if in a prominent bodily place. Nothing can harm your self confidence more than having stretch marks on your stomach, back or legs, especially at Summer time when you’re more likely to strip down at the beach.
Thankfully, there are a number of remedies and treatments available to help with stretch marks.
Treatment of Stretch Marks
There are a number of treatments available, some are home remedies while others involve experts. Let’s take a look at the most popular choices:
Creams can be used both as a preventative measure or to help cover up stretch marks. By choosing a powerful antioxidant cream with vitamins for the skin you’ll help improve your skin health. These haven’t been conclusively proven to be effective on stretch marks, but some people are convinced they’ve helped.
Retinol is more commonly known as vitamin A and is very important in the health of your skin. It aids the protection and maintenance of collagen, which keeps the elasticity in your skin. By selecting a retinol lotion or cream, you’ll be attempting to resurface the skin and encourage skin growth over stretch marks. While it’s been proven that retinol is good for the skin, there is less evidence to suggest it does well treating stretch marks.
- Laser Treatment
A fairly new laser treatment has been developed in the U.S to treat stretch marks. A Pulse Dye Laser was traditionally used to help treat the damaged blood vessels without damaging the skin, but there are rumors of a more advanced treatment being developed so watch this space.
Carboxytherapy is where trace amounts of carbon dioxide are injected into the skin. This tricks your body into thinking that there is an oxygen deficiency and means the area is flooded with oxygen. This increased blood flow increases the regeneration of blood vessels which cause the stretch marks.
This is a fairly new treatment, but the founders have stated they’ve seen pretty good results in over 80% of those treated.
- Natural Cures
Coconut oil has been recommended as a natural cure for stretch marks. The oil has high levels of fatty acids, which can aid in the rejuvenation of skin and puts less strain on it, causing fewer stretch marks in the long run.
As an alternative preventative measure some people take supplements. Zinc deficiencies are often associated with stretch marks so taking a supplement pill can help with the maintenance of your skin, reducing stretch marks.
Treating Your Stretch Marks
In most cases stretch marks will go away eventually as the coloring blends in with the rest of the skin. There are generally no medical issues caused by them, but if you do want to treat them cosmetically you should go and see your dermatologist first to get more information.