Stretch are rough parallel lines that appear on your skin as your body increase in size. They could be pink, light gray to purple depending on the skin color of the person who has them. When you feel them with your finger, you will feel a rough ridge bulged outside because they depressions caused by skin expansion are prominent.
They are different from your skin color and texture so you can see them even from far. Sometimes they become itchy especially if hygienic standards are very low or if the marks are so severe. Below are causes of stretch marks on different kind of people.
Stretch Marks During Pregnancy When Body is Expanding
Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy because your body increases plasma and fluid volume. The fetus inside a pregnant woman also grows leading to a more expansion of the skin. As your body volume increases, your body skin needs to be in sufficient volume to accommodate all your extra tissues.
This is why your skin expands abruptly in a short span of time and you develop stretch marks. Stretch marks are not wounds but if scratched frequently, wounds could end up developing.
Abrupt Change in Body Weight
Many people’s bodies are used to be the way they are and they respond to only normal biological growth. If all of a sudden you reduce weight, it means your body needs to also make adjustments and the most affected part will be the skin.
Obesity or abrupt weight gain is among the stretch marks causes. Your skin expands in a bid to increase volume so as to accommodate your excess fat and tissues. People who uplift weights can as well develop stretch marks as their bodies need more room to accommodate the muscles.
Medications and Cosmetic Products
In the verge to appear beautiful, many people resort to using corticosteroids creams, lotions and pills. These medications or cosmetic products make your skin to develop a reaction towards them and you could end up seeing stretch marks on your skin.
These products are known to reduce the skin’s ability to stretch because they reduce nourishment and hydration in the body’s skin. Remember it is only those who use the medications for a long term that can experience stretch marks on their skin. If you use them and you notice changes on your skin, make sure you immediately stop using them.
Medical Conditions Involving Adrenal Glands
Diseases like Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome are known to cause stretch marks because they make the skin to lose its elastic nature. A slight increase in weight increases more stretch marks and your skin becomes completely different.
An increase in amount of cortisone reduces skin elasticity and this exposes people to a lot of health concerns. Anyone suffering from these conditions must be well-monitored to ensure he or she doesn’t develop stretch marks because it would be difficult to health. Keep in mind women are always at risk because they tend to easily gain weight.
Treatment Approaches One Can Use to Eliminate Stretch Marks
There are different kind of treatment approaches you can use to eliminate stretch marks. Outcomes of treatment depend on severity and consistence of you using the treatment approach. You can use a single treatment approach or you can combine severally depending on what seems to be perfect to you.
Tretinoin cream (Retin-A, Renova)
This cream is known for its effectiveness in the treatment of white stretch marks. It works to restore collagen and structural proteins that further increase skin repair thereby eliminating all kinds of stretch marks on your skin.
Red pink stretch marks are known to quickly subside when encountered by this cream. All newly developed stretch marks can be eliminated by this kind of cream so it is important if you can use it perfectly.
Pulse Dye Laser Therapy
This is method that uses light-emitting technology or devices to ensure stretch marks are completely eliminated. This method of treatment is known to increase collagen growth because it stimulates reproduction of new cells that will make your skin to regrow on the stretched part.
If done appropriately, elastin can also be added leading to a more wonderful elastic capability of your skin.
This method is excellent in treating stretch marks and it is just like Pulse Dye Therapy but you need to make sure you use it on small sections of your skin surface. You treat place after place until all marks are completely eliminated.
Many people don’t choose it because it consumes time for one to achieve expected results since you treat one part after the other until you finish your whole body. Keep in mind you need experienced person to perform this therapy for you to achieve excellent results.
Using Microdermabrasion Scrub
This involves the removal of all the crystals or irregular and abnormal structures on the surface of your skin. You not only eliminate stretch marks but you also give a chance to new cells to grow and make your skin to be young looking at all times.
More melanin will be produced thereby making the surrounding color to be the same thus eliminating all sorts of stretch marks.
You can use stretch marks cream and other one method so that you enjoy excellent quick results. Don’t use two lasers at the same and if you use laser method, wait for some time before you apply cream on your skin.
To conclude, you can get rid of stretch marks if you be serious on the applying the above methods. If you want prevent yourself from the causes, it would be better because you will not need to undergo all these processes as you try to eliminate stretch marks from your body.
Stretch marks may take long to heal but you need to apply any means available to you because if you don’t, they increase in severity and this could compromise your skin health and cosmetic appearance. Most of them start itching if they become severe and if you start to scratch yourself, you could turn them into wounds.