Stretch mark is an extremely delicate subject, especially for women, many assume and display the brands naturally, while other women even avoid wearing bikinis to avoid showing the famous stripes. If you have ever wondered why we have stretch marks, how they arise and whether there is a treatment for them, check out everything below.
What are stretch marks and how do they arise?
Stretch marks are skin lesions in the form of lines that occur due to hormonal factors and rapid growth and weight gain, it affects men and women of different ages, these scars are formed when there is a breakdown of collagen and elastic fibers of the skin surface, caused by the stretching of the skin. The lines are formed because of the thinning of the dermis and epidermis, the stretch marks are divided into three types and each has a color.
Red stretch marks: they are new streaks and reach the first layer of the skin, they have great capacity to regenerate, if they are taken care of early and in an appropriate way.
Purple stretch marks: this type of stretch mark is not so new, it is in the intermediate stage and is easy to treat, if it is not taken care of while it is in this stage, then it can worsen for the advanced stretch and difficult to remove.
White stretch marks: these are the old streaks, when they are in that color it means that there is little blood circulation in the region and the chances of regeneration are few and often more intense treatment is needed to treat them, but they are not completely eliminated.
Cause of stretch mark
The excessive stretching of the skin is the main responsible for the appearance of stretch marks, yet there are other factors that can cause the appearance of these unpleasant lines, which are:
Pregnancy: stretch marks are born on the breasts, abdomen and shoulders
Rapid gain in muscle mass: stretch marks are born on the shoulders
Puberty stretch: stretch marks on the hips, thighs and breasts
Weight gain: stretch marks on the hips and abdomen.
Stretch marks are the most common places in the belly, breasts, behind or beside the arms, buttocks, thighs, and in men, stretch marks are created on the back in a horizontal form.
Treatment for each type of stretch mark
Knowing the type of stretch marks is essential to find the right treatment, some are simpler, while others are more intense and somewhat painful, the main function of the treatments is to stimulate the blood circulation of the place, to favor the formation of new collagen and elastin cells and then, to reduce the stretch marks, see how to treat them.
Red stretch marks
1– Hydrate with cream that has retinoic acid or glycolic acid
2– Drink lots of water and have a healthy diet
3– Exfoliate your skin 3 times a week (you can use homemade scrub)
4– Avoid taking hot baths
5– Avoid corticosteroid drugs
The red stretch mark is new and easy to treat, you can take care of it at home, changing some habits and if you feel the need, go to a dermatologist to do an immediate procedure to eliminate stretch marks.
Purple stretch marks
1– Exfoliate your skin up to 2 times a week for 2 to 3 minutes
2– Use a stretch mark cream and apply to the affected area twice a day
3– Use oils, preferably rosehip oil which helps to smooth and lighten the skin.
Like red streaks, purple ones also need home care, but they need specific products for stretch marks.
White stretch marks
1– CO2 laser or pulsed light: completely eliminates stretch marks, renewing the skin
2– Intradermotherapy: injections are applied with chemical substances along the length of the stretch, decreases and improves the appearance
3– Dermabrasion: mechanical exfoliation that removes the superficial layers of the skin makes it more uniform
4– Dermaroller with needles stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin
5– Peeling with retinoic acid: treatment by the dermatologist
The treatments for white stretch marks are more intense and should be done with a dermatologist, the treatment varies from person to person and is not always 100% effective, it is also worth remembering that after completion, it is necessary to continue with all necessary care to avoid the appearance of new stretch marks.
Homemade scrub for stretch marks
Exfoliating the skin is essential to help blood circulation and prevent the skin from suffering damage, if you don’t have an exfoliator at home, you can create your homemade with these recipes.
Sugar and oil: 2 tablespoons of thick cornmeal and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
Coffee grounds: 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds and 2 tablespoons of liquid soap
Baking soda with water: 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water
Preparation: mix the ingredients and apply to the skin making circular movements of 2 to 5 minutes, exfoliate the skin 3 times a week.
Does stretch mark cream work?
In the world of cosmetics there are several options of creams and oils that promise many benefits for the skin, but is it really effective? And well, it will depend on your type of stretch marks, when it comes to red and purple streaks they can disappear with time if the cream is used correctly and the amount needed, for white stretch marks, the cream may not be as good, because there is a greater difficulty in regenerating, the region may be much more hydrated, but the stretch marks will not come out, it may decrease slightly.
How to prevent the appearance of new stretch marks?
After the stretch marks are treated and disappear, the biggest concern is with the appearance of new stretch marks, and to prevent them from appearing again you need to be more careful, apply creams and oils daily, stay hydrated, and avoid gaining or losing weight too fast, these are some of the little habits you can have at home.
Treating stretch marks or not is an individual choice, but if it is something that bothers you, it is worth consulting a dermatologist and discovering the best treatment for you, always remembering that the results may not always go as expected, right?
How is your relationship with stretch marks? Do you deal with them normally or is it something that bothers you? Have you had any treatment?