Stretch Marks in Women: Know the Causes & Treatments
It is a common myth that stretch marks are associated with pregnancy. But here we are, to burst the myth. You would be surprised to know that not only women, but men too can develop stretch marks. However, a fact that cannot be denied is that these stretch marks tend to affect women a lot more than men.
Stretch marks are caused due to the stretching of the skin. The severity of stretch marks is affected by many factors such as the degree of stress on the skin, genetic tendency, and cortisone level. They can occur on a few body parts like the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back.
Let us try to understand more about the causes of stretch marks and how to treat them.
Some of the common causes of stretch marks are:
1. A lot of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy as the skin stretches in numerous ways to make space for the developing baby. This continual wrenching and stretching can cause stretch marks.
2. Stretch marks develop when you gain or lose weight rapidly. Extreme skin growth or shrinkage can cause stretch marks. Usually, teenagers develop stretch marks after a sudden growth spurt.
3. Corticosteroid lotions, pills, and creams can cause stretch marks. These decrease the skin’s ability to stretch.
4. Syndromes like cushing’s syndrome, marfan’s syndrome, ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and other disorders due to adrenal glands cause stretch marks by increasing the amount of cortisone(a hormone) in your body.
These remedies help to lessen the appearance of stretch marks:
Massage is one of the most efficient and scientifically proven to reduce stretch marks.
Massage helps promote blood flow and circulation in the damaged skin tissues, promoting healing and movement.
Take a few drops of anti-stretch marks oil and gently massage using your fingertips. Apply little pressure and massage on the stretch mark for a few minutes, several times a day.
So a lot of people would want to know how long will it take for a stretch mark to go? the answer is it takes months of consistency and the right treatment to see a noticeable improvement. So don’t lose your hope!
Drinking enough water heals almost anything. To properly heal, body tissues must be hydrated properly. When tissues and cells are dehydrated, they shrink and this can increase the extent of stretch marks.
By following a few simple exfoliation mixtures, like olive oil or coconut oil and white sugar, can help to remove the layers of damaged skin and encourage the regrowth of healthy tissues.
Cosmetic stretch mark treatments:
Not only stretch mark creams, but there are also some techniques that a dermatologist may perform to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The techniques include light and laser therapies, which help to stimulate collagen or elastin growth. Few other procedures like radiofrequency and ultrasound also help to remove the scar tissue. It may take many appointments and more than one type of procedure before experiencing the result.
Stretch marks are very common and so there is nothing about it that you should be ashamed of. But if you still want to reduce their appearance you can follow the above tips.