Stretch Marks: Get Rid In Less Than A Month

Most of the people and even the teenagers have them. Up to 70 percent of the pregnant women get stretch marks. They are small depressed streaks in the skin that can affect both men and women. Weaknesses in the supporting structure of the skin causing layers of the skin to separate, leaving the skin discolored and grooved. Other names are striae distense, striae atrophicans, striae ruba, striae alba. They happen when the tissue under the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching.

They are a form of scarring on the skin with a white hue that form in the dermis. Usually start off as raised red lines that slowly fade into silvery, white streaks.

They are caused by changes in the elastic supportive tissue that lies just beneath the skin. They develop when the skin is excessively stretched during pregnancy, weight gain, growth spurts. When the skin is stretched over a short period of time dermal tearing occurs which creates scars in the skin / dermis/. Fortunately, in the most of the cases the marks become considerably less noticeable about 6 to 14 months after childbirth.

Depending on the color of your skin they may look pink, reddish, brown or white.
Causes:

  • pregnancy
  • weight loss
  • weight gain
  • growth spurt
  • puberty
  • obesity
  • Excessive weight gain or weight loss is the main reason
  • Losing collagen and elastin in the skin causes them
  • Stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy and obesity. More than 60 percent of the pregnant women get them.
  • result from nutritional deficiency.
  • also occur as a result of abnormal collagen function.
  • be found on children who have become quickly obese.
  • Some people are genetically prone to them.
  • Sometimes they can be a symptom of Cushing’s syndrome – a condition in which the adrenal glands produce too much steroid hormone and the purple stretch marks appear on the abdomen.

Women and men can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies. They are most common during puberty and pregnancy – times when the body undergoes rapid changes and that’s why many women get them during pregnancy. They can appear anywhere on the body – where the skin has been stretched over a short period of time. The most common parts are – hips, buttocks, thighs, arms, breast and abdomen. Pregnant women start to develop them on the abdomen during the second half of pregnancy as the skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby.

They can affect everyone but some people are more susceptible to forming than others. Some people have weaker collagen than others so they are more likely to get them. Even the athletes who exercise regularly can get them and even if you are slim and eat healthy food can get them.

Useful:

  • Massage and exfoliate your skin regularly to increase blood circulation.
  • Always keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
  • Eating healthy is essential in order to prevent formation.
  • Avoid yo-yo dieting
  • If you have to lose weight lose it slowly.
  • Apply products designed for stretch marks everyday into the abdomen during pregnancy.
  • Drink plenty of water -water keeps your skin hydrated and healthy looking and less likely to develop.
  • Eat foods high in vitamins D, A, C
  • Eat zinc-rich food /nuts, fish/
  • Avoid sudden weight gain
  • It can take up to a year for a stretch mark to face from red to white
  • Keep your weight under control
  • If your mother or sister got them during pregnancy you are more likely to get them too
  • absolutely no health risk and don’t compromise the body’s ability to function healthy.
  • They usually become less visible as they heal in time, but they will never disappear completely.
  • African-American women are less likely to get them.
  • Dry skin is more prone to them due to loss of elasticity
  • Creams containing vitamin E and Cocoa Butter work best for preventing them
  • Regular exercise is essential to prevent as it keep skin taut.
  • To camouflage use a self-tanner or apply a little bit of a foundation.
  • Use products with AHAs and Retin A because they slough off dead skin cells and help fade redness in a stretch mark.

Home Remedies
Massage Those Marks Away: There are a number of massage parlors offering to help remove or reduce them. The technique is safe and natural. Many are seeing positive results by using massage therapy to remove or reduce them. There is no surgery involved. If you are one that does not have time for surgery, this just may be the solution you have been looking for.

If you were to call a herbal dealer they would suggest herbs such as: aloe vera gel, cocoa butter, lavender oil or a number of other great herbal lotions.

Diet and Exercise: You are what you eat. Diet and exercise go hand in hand with our overall health. Proper diet habits are much more likely to help keep us healthy as opposed to a poor eating plan. Improper nutrition is the culprit of many illnesses, including skin conditions. Our bodies show signs such as dry skin, brittle nails, split end and many more as a result of not getting the proper vitamins and minerals in our diets.

Vitamin K: Vitamin K is shown to be beneficial, as well as a host of many other skin conditions.

Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables, organ meats, fruits such as tomatoes, and of course dairy products.

Exercise is not just beneficial in heart health; it helps to tone our skin as we lose weight, helping to keep skin from sagging.

Water: Water helps carry oxygen to our skin and to keep it hydrated. When skin becomes dry, it looses a lot of “stretching” power.

If you are in the process of treating and you need immediate results, there are a couple of things you can do to help hide those marks.

Concealer Cream: This is a makeup that comes in a variety of shades that you rub on you marks and it helps to blend to your natural skin color. Tatoo cover up is a type of makeup used by people who have a tattoo that want to hide it.

Chronic stretch marks are more difficult to deal with, but not impossible.

  • Timely treatment is successful treatment: you should take action as soon as you notice them. The earlier – the better.
  • Massage it out! – massage does a great job in improving skin texture. Massage the affected area four times a day using moisturizers with key ingredients shea butter, cocoa butter or essential oils, and you will see the result for sure after a couple of weeks. There are also endermologie procedures, in which endermologie machines are used to massage the skin. A good, deep massage expels toxins and triggers the production of collagen and elastine.
  • Tanning – natural sun tan and self-tanners help to visually reduce stretch marks. Before applying the self-tanner it is better to exfoliate the skin.
  • Topical treatment to the rescue! Substances such as Vitamin C, Retinoid, Topical Tretinoin, Reastin, wheat germ oil and Glycolic acid are proven to do a great job against this skin flaw. You should however consult a specialist before use any of them on your body.
  • Laser treatment helps a lot. Moreover, it’s effective against all kinds of stretch marks – red, purple and white ones. There are several ways of using laser power for this purpose: – vascular lasers – though these procedures are a bit pricey (between $400 – $500 per session and you’ll need up to 6 of them), vascular laser reduces red stretch marks;

    – fractionated laser – it treats chronic stretch marks and is even more expensive -minimum of 3 sessions and $1000 per each;

    – pulsed dye laser – it targets the underlying skin layers, stimulating collagen and elastine production. Works well on both new and old. Not recommended for people with dark skin tones (Fitzpatrick Skin Type IV, V or VI), and forbidden for pregnant or nursing women. Cost: $500 to $800, five procedures.

    – excimer laser – it also treats chronic marks by accelerating the production of melanin on the treated areas, so get the same color as normal skin. It is the most expensive treatment – you’ll need 10 to 20 procedures that will cost from $300 to $700 each.

  • Microdermabrasion – using micro crystals to polish the skin, microdermabrasion removes the dead outer skin layer and stimulates the growth of new, healthy and flawless sin. Works well with older ones.
  • Surgical procedures – affected skin is surgically removed. Effectiveness and cost depend on the areas affected.


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    • Jennifer8055 wrote:
      Hi , I have always had pretty bad stretch marks around my belly region ever since I gave birth to my three kids.I had tried Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter which a number of people had recommended but it didn't seem to work. My Doctor had even suggested a Tummy Tuck. I then recently read an article about a lady who supposedly got rid of her stretch marks using a particular cream. I tried it and it worked really well. My stretch marks disappeared in 4 weeks. Just thought I would share this with everyone. You can read more about the lady's article at the link below. http://stretchmarkszapped.wordpress.com/

    • jp wrote:
      Great post! My girlfriend had stretch marks and one of the creams made it disappear. I think it depends on the severity whether a stretch mark can be cured or not.

    • jess wrote:
      i started to get stretch marks when i was 10 now im 14 they are on my breast and my thighs and my hips i hate it i don't ever like to wear bathing suits its embarrasing.

    • Nara wrote:
      Hi Jennefir8055 , you left a link where we could read about the cream , unfortunatly that link does not work ( for whatever reason) could you please give the name of the Cream ? I am despirate to get red of these strech marks on my lower legs , upper legs and breast :-(

    • M Granger wrote:
      I never review products but I had to write about this one. I've always been very skeptical with stretch mark creams because it never works for me and my skin is super sensitive so if I happen to choose the wrong one, I WILL get a bad rash. My friend actually mentioned the Dr. Max Powers "Stretch Mark Treatment" to me saying it made her skin feel super smooth. I tried hers and was sold. I was skeptical at first because I thought it was just men's workout products, but they had a stretch mark cream for the body builders I guess. I had visible stretch marks on my belly from the pregnancy and now its so light I can barely see them. On top of that, my skin seriously feels so smooth (the husband loves this btw!). I just bought my second one and it still works great! As an online shopper, I find myself to be very skeptical about buying "certain" products online. For me, I was pretty adamant about getting my stretch marks lightened up; not knowing anything about which products to try, I was referred to try this one. The price was reasonable, the product looked good, so I decided to give it a shot. After about 4 weeks I started noticing my marks slowly fading away. If anyone is really serious about getting their stretch marks taken care of; I would highly recommend the Dr Max Powers Stretch Mark product.

    • Paul wrote:
      For many years, I suffer from lack of confidence because of my skin appearance. I had spots, scars, stretch marks, bruises, and untoned skin. I had to live with the fact that I was brutally beaten up by acne acne and it really show. I was introduced to Made from Earth by magazine advertisements. For a very small amount, it was really pricey, but I wanted to desperately get rid of these flaws. I hated the thought of spending money, but when I applied the Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum onto my skin and face area, it wasn't what I had expected it at all. The firming serum doesn't leave any greasy or oily residues on face or skin. Made from Earth claimed that you would see the results in three weeks, and they were right!! I applied it to my face and skin two times a day, everyday...like they said, and I saw the difference. The changes were dramatic, and I love it. My skin tone are now balanced, my spots, scars, and bruises have reeduced in appearances. Also, the Aloe Vera Skin Treatment works well with stretch mark. I even used it before, during, and after the pregnancy.

    • Kay wrote:
      Ive had stretch marks since i was about 11 and started to develop curves. They are on my thighs, breasts and hips and i hate them. They make me really self concious and affect my confidence. i havent found a cream that work yet though!!! :(

    • Rics wrote:
      Apply Bio Oil twice daily, you will see the difference within three months.

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