Stretch Marks: Causes and Prevention

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Stretch marks, better described as the long, narrow scars or stripes that appear on the skin. These scars can be horribly disgusting and don’t look too appealing when we see it on others, not to talk of when we see it on any part of our body.

These irregular lines or marks are usually found on the skin. And mostly results from the skin being stretched or distended for a certain period of time, especially due to pregnancy or obesity

Because of variations in hormonal levels amongst individuals, not everyone eventually develops these marks. Also, a family history of stretch marks could be a huge determining factor of whether you will have it or not.

The following conditions could possibly be the cause of stretch marks…

  • Growth spurts that happen in puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Weight training when you have rapid muscle growth
  • Applying corticosteroid to your skin for a long time
  • Having Cushing’s disease or Marfan syndrome.


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Depending on your skin complexion, these marks can be, in general, red, purple, pink, ruddy darker, or dull darker.

After sometimes, the shading blurs and the thin groups begin to sink underneath your skin. If you happen to run your fingers over the affected region, you will most likely feel a slight depression around the affected area.



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Specialists have discovered that a lot of proposed cures for stretch marks do not actually work. While some may work, your best bet is to adopt some of these behavioral changes;

#1. Drinking to avoid dryness: Water expels toxins from the body and keeps the skin fresh, delicate, and supple. It also has a great ability to help the skin recover from stressful activities, which is very common with stretch marks. Taking about 8 – 10 glasses of water daily, and preferring herbal tea to soft drinks when dehydrated, etc should be adopted.

#2. Eat more Fruits and Vegetables: The skin requires a lot of nutrients and nourishment in order to stay fresh and healthy. And most of these nutrients can be gotten from the proper consumption of fruits and vegetables.


Getting rid of stretch marks

Like most scars, stretch marks are permanent in most individuals. For such individuals, certain treatments can make the marks less noticeable. Such treatments could also reduce itchiness.

There might be no “one size fit all” in terms of treatment. Here are some ways you can get rid of stretch marks;

#1. Stretch mark creams, lotions, and gels: Studies have shown that out of several creams, lotions, and gels sold to heal stretch marks, no one product seems to help all of the time. And some do not even help at all. Researchers have discovered some helpful hacks.

If you intend to use a cream or lotion for the stretch, keep these tips in mind…

  • Use the product early on stretch marks. Inasmuch as no single product can work for everybody at all times, one simple hack for all products is to begin using it on time. Hence, begin treatment on time.
  • Massage the product into your stretch marks. Taking time to gently massage the product on the skin will increase its effectiveness. So be sure to massage the area a bit with the cream, and allow the skin to assimilate it.
  • Apply the product every day for weeks. Do not stop mid-way in using the product. Results usually take a couple of weeks before they become evident. So be sure to keep applying it daily as prescribed by the product.


N/B: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you are advised to confirm with your health care provider before using any cream, or before beginning treatment at all.


#2. Adopting useful Home remedies


#3. Self-tanner


Other Treatments

Procedures that dermatologists perform: Inasmuch as stretch marks might not be completely erasable, there are certain procedures adopted by dermatologists to make stretch marks less noticeable. They include;

  • Chemical peel
  • Laser therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Radiofrequency
  • Ultrasound

A dermatologist will be in the best position to determine the treatment that will best suit you. Recommended procedures vary from person to person, depending on their health status, age, and how long you’ve had the marks.

For optimal results, the dermatologist may recommend more than one procedure. Though each procedure has its own side effects, if it is being performed by an expert dermatologist, who is well trained and qualified, the side effects will be at its nearest minimum.

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There are lots of creams and gels out there that claim to wipe-out stretch marks, most of which can be quite expensive. But if you have been using it for some time without any results, then you may want to book an appointment with a trained dermatologist.

They know just when to recommend a procedure, and can equally suggest the cream or gel that might work better. Whatever be the case, treatment of stretch marks should never be taken fiercely, but with a little step by step experimental activities.


Thank you for reading. Are there any natural means of treating stretch marks you feel I left? Please feel free to use the comments section below and drop us a comment. I would love to hear from you.

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