Stretch marks also known as striae are stripes or indented streaks which usually appear on the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs and buttocks.
Stretch marks are very common in people with obesity and also in pregnant women, especially during the last trimester of pregnancy. Treatment will not completely remove them, but will only fade the marks.
Causes Of Stretch Marks
Striae are as a result of the stretching of the skin. The severity of stretch mark is affected by different factors, which include; the degree or amount of stress on the skin, genetic tendency, and also cortisone level. The hormone cortisone is produced by the adrenal glands and causes a weakening of the elastic fibers in the skin.
Symptoms Of Stretch Marks
Striae vary in people, and are dependent on how long you’ve had them on your body, their causes, the part of the body they are found, and also the type of skin you have. Here are some common variations:
- Indented streaks or stripes in the skin
- Streaks which are found on the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs or buttocks
- Streaks which covers a large part of the body
- Red, pink, red, blue, black, or even purple streaks
- Very bright streaks which may fade to a lighter color
Risk Factors For Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are not just limited to pregnant women or obese people. Anybody can develop them. But they are some factors that increase your likelihood of developing them, and they include:
- Being female
- Being pregnant, usually in younger pregnant women
- When you have a family history of stretch marks
- When you’re gaining and losing weight rapidly
- Being overweight or obese
- When you use corticosteroid medication for a long time
- Undergoing surgery to enlarge your breast
- Having genetic disorders such as Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome or other genetic disorders
Treatment Of Stretch Marks – How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks
Striae are harmless. None of the treatments listed below have been proven to be more successful than the others.
Here are some things you can do to prevent stretch marks, and also reduce the appearance of both new and old ones
- Use of retinoid Do not use during pregnancy or when you’re nursing your baby
- Light and laser treatment for stretch mark
- Making use of a moisturizer daily
- Make use of glycolic acid
- Combining glycolic acid with retinoid cream
- Making use of vitamin E oil which may also help
- Making use of egg oil, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy
- Getting surgeries such as; an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck
- Drink lots of water
- Work out to reduce any unhealthy weight
- Eat healthy foods so as to help your skin stay healthy and also repair any damages.
- Endeavor to check the listed ingredients before applying on your skin. This is very important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby.
- Consult a doctor if you are not sure if a product is unsafe to use during pregnancy or nursing
- Some stretch mark cream may not be hypoallergenic and can induce some allergies.