Treating Stretch Marks – Facts and Myths

roflolmao

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Stretch marks have become one of the leading skin problems among today’s generation. The instances of this disorder are fast increasing owing to unhealthy lifestyle. In dermatology, this skin disorder is described as Striae distensae and it is considered as a fairly harmless problem. However, people fear the disorder most because it mars the beauty of their skin for an indefinite period of time. It is caused when the skin is stretched beyond its bearable limits. Hence it is popularly known as “stretch†marks.

In general medicine, there is no specific treatment or medication to remove stretch marks completely. It fades off by the passage of time. It takes 5 to 10 years for a fully developed stretch mark to disappear. This is the main reason why people are so frantic about stretch marks and they take several steps to prevent and cure the problem. Stretch marks are commonly seen in obese people because their skin is stretched as they grow fat. Similar is the case with pregnant woman. They get stretch marks on their belly and waist as their stomach bulges towards the end of their pregnancy period. It is caused due to the tearing of the dermis that becomes incapable of producing enough collagen to cover the expansion process. Usual skin problems affect the epidermis but stretch marks affect the underlying dermis layer. This is the reason why it cannot be treated like any other skin disorder.

During the past few years, there is an increasing awareness about this growing skin problem and people all over are searching for ways and means to free their skin from this disorder. They are aware of the fact that these marks wean off on their own and they cannot be possibly eradicated at once. Yet they are searching for remedies that can speed up the process.

The increasing demand for stretch mark treatments have led to increased researches and experiments by scientists all over. And consequently manufacturers of cosmetic products have come up with several products that claim to remove or reduce these marks within months. However, not all of these products function as they claim to but certainly there are some items that help in faster healing of the damaged tissue which reduces the intensity of these marks considerably. Skin creams and lotions containing elements like Centella asiatica, Elastin, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, collagen elastin hydrolysates, menthol and panthenol have proved beneficial in faster removal of stretch marks.

Consumption of nutritious food items rich in proteins, vitamin E, and omega fatty acids also helps in making our skin healthier and function faster. This internally helps in accelerating the pace of stretch mark treatments.

There are many products marketed by online advertisers and companies that give a money back guarantee and promise to treat the stretch marks within months or even weeks. Such products can bring harmful side affects in future even if they appear to reduce your marks. Some of these products contain chemicals that bleach the entire skin tone so that the stretch marks become less visible but within a matter of weeks they again show up prominently.



Written by: Jacob K
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fooLedbyrAndomNess

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Interesting compilation of articles u got there.
 

roflolmao

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All credit goes to the corresponding authors and the respective websites listed. I am merely sharing the good articles I came across, which are also free to be republished.
 

Mercury

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Stretch marks are a common problem. Undergoing a bulking up program may give you stretch marks. You should try to prevent them from ever appearing by moisturizing your skin often and keeping yourself sufficiently hydrated.
 
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chucknorris

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yeah... stretch marks are considered more or less permanent scars
 

soccerbai123

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I have stretch marks on my stomach due to weight gain and it has been there for years now. I am not really trying to hide it but I just do not like to look at it.
 

Alli

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Sigh... I thought I was going to be really worried about my stretch marks from pregnancy- I had a big one that appeared right around the start of the last month...however, after an emergency C-section, the scar from that overshadows my stretch marks entirely.
They DO fade with time, though... both the scar and stretch marks have definitely faded a bit over the almost 2 years since the birth.
If it really bothers you a lot, you can get laser treatment that does a fairly good job at removing scars, including stretch marks. It's something I have considered for the C-sec scar, but I will probably wait to do it until I either have another kid or decide not to, since it would be dumb to get the scar reduced then get a new scar if I need another C-sec.
 

roxanne_101

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Losing weight also diminishes the sight of stretch marks. There are many products on the market that claim to get rid of stretch marks. I think prevention is much better than treating. Once they are there, it's hard to get rid of them. However, there are some products that will help the skin stretch better during pregnancy.
 

mika

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It was right that prevention is always better than cure. :p
I think some other causes of having stretch marks aside from operation, bulking up and weight gain are wearing too tight jeans and lack of exercises. Having regular exercises could also help in making stretch marks lighter as we could lose weight from being active.