The truth about stretch marks

Who doesn’t dislike stretch marks? It’s not that stretch marks are a serious medical issue, it just tends to affect people’s body image and confidence coupled with the fact that it can sometimes itch and cause scratching which can irritate the skin.

Stretch marks are long narrow streaks, stripes or lines that develop on skin. Although, it is more common in women, men can also develop it. It often occurs after a period of intense growth due to pregnancy, puberty and weight gain or loss. Often times, it appears on the abdomen, breast, hip, butt and thighs.

At the moment, there are many substances and procedures claiming to get rid of it but there’s limited medical evidence confirming the effectiveness of such treatment. At best, one can practice preventive measures or try out various options. It may work in your case. You never can tell.

Keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised can make those marks less likely. Hydration is all about water. Drink enough water and use water based skin care products. To moisturise, you can use your favourite lotion or oil. Some people swear by coconut oil and olive oil including myself.

Eating clean can also help. Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A and C coupled with minerals like zinc and silicon are useful. It is also pertinent to maintain a healthy weight and aim for slow and gradual weight gain during pregnancy.

Some procedures that may help include; pulsed dye laser therapy, fractional laser therapy, microdermabrasion, cosmetic surgery, radio frequency and ultrasound. These methods cost money and their effectiveness is not clear. However, if you decide to try any of them, you should consult a doctor to make sure your stretch marks are not caused by an underlying medical condition.

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Stretch marks are not harmful. If we can see them as normal and accept our bodies with love, then the psychological effects can be eradicated as well.

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