Getting Rid of Stretch Marks on Your Body

by Kelly Williams on April 7, 2012

Stretch marks are the white or brown snaky lines that appear whenever the skin undergoes major changes. They aren’t dangerous and pose no threat to your life, but they can cause embarrassment in public, especially if they’re located on areas that are flaunted as assets such as the thighs and abdomen.

Stretch marks are considered unattractive to look at by most people today. Although this perception is quite unfair, you may nonetheless be affected by it and may be considering methods on getting rid of stretch marks as quickly as possible. Thankfully, there are many such ways available – both preventative and curative – and we’ll be taking a look at the most effective ones for the rest of this article.

The science of stretch marks

Stretch marks are caused by rapid changes in the skin that leads to damage in the dermis, or the layer just underneath the skin surface. For example, during pregnancy, the abdomen undergoes great stress due to the growth of the baby. This development happens so fast that the skin does not have enough time to produce enough elastic fibers to cope with the stretching, and the dermis experiences a few tears and cuts. These tears become the stretch marks which are literally visible scars. Others instances of stretch marks are from muscle growth in weight lifting and fast development during puberty.

How to get rid of them

We can divide the process of getting rid of stretch marks into two categories: preventative and curative. Preventative means taking measures before the marks even appear to stop them from forming. Curative are ways which seek to limit or treat the scars after they have already appeared. I have another post especially about on how to remove stretch marks when pregnant here.

Preventative Measures

  1. Have a proper diet with just the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals for you and for your developing infant if pregnant. Do not overeat and gain unnecessary weight, as this can lead to skin stretching that would later form stretch marks.
  2. Drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Hydration is important for maintaining your skin integrity and will reduce the likelihood of tearing.
  3. Keep your skin moisturized by using lotions or oils that contain rich and essential organic elements. If pregnant, take note to consult your doctor first before applying any topical ointments as these may affect the growing baby.
  4. Exercise regularly. When muscles are well-toned and excess fat are minimized, the skin is less likely to experience undue stress and will be able to cope quite well when changes occur.

Sometimes, all the preventive measures in the world won’t stop stretch marks from forming, especially during times of pregnancy or puberty. Although preventive measures do help, you would also need curative measures to target them when they occur. Stretch marks can be tough to get rid off, but starting early the moment they appear will make the treatment more likely to succeed.

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