Myths and truth about stretch marks

During life, our body undergoes various tests: weight changes, pregnancy, illness. Due to some tests, unfortunately, the appearance of our skin changes, and there may appear scarlet stripes that will gradually turn white. These are stretch marks or striae. Read the article to find out the truthful information about what causes lead to it, whether it is possible to get rid of them and how to prevent them.

There are several different opinions on the subject of stretch marks.

The appearance of stretch marks is more susceptible to people full and during pregnancy. There is a deal of truth in it. Pigmented spots: the causes of appearance, methods of struggle The cause of the appearance of it is the breakdown of collagen (skin fibers). This can be promoted by an increase in weight, as a result of which the skin fibers become overextended,  and pregnancy, when the skin is stretched in the abdomen, thighs, which is the main cause of the appearance of striae

Stretch marks most often appear on the dry skin. Dry skin is not the main cause of the appearance of stretch mark, but it can be the main contributing factor in the appearance of striae.

Stretch marks

Creams from stretch mark are not effective. In fact, creams are effective only to prevent the appearance of stretch mark. Most often, creams are used during pregnancy or lactation to prevent dry skin. The more actively moisten the skin in the stretch zones, the less likely you can expect the appearance of stretch mark. But if there are already stretch mark on the body, then no, even the most magical creams, will help to remove skin ruptures. Creams can be used for prevention.

The causes of stretch marks  are such factors:

  • pregnancy and lactation
  • increase in body weight
  • hormonal changes in adolescence
  • hormonal imbalance in a woman or a man
  • taking hormone-containing drugs – prolonged use of hormonal drugs contributes to weight gain, resulting in the formation of stretch marks
  • some hormone-dependent diseases
  • active physical activity in athletes, leading to overstretch of muscle tissue. This problem occurs in men
  • hereditary predisposition to the appearance of stretch marks.

Where do stretch marks appear?

Most often strains are exposed to the front and side surfaces of the abdomen, the outer and inner surfaces of the thighs, chest. In men who are too zealous in sports, the stretch mark is sometimes observed even on the back

What is the color of stretch marks?

As a rule, fresh stretch marks (up to a year) have a more pink shade (to purple). This is due to damage to the vessels at the time of fiber rupture. Over time, stretch mark grow old and grow lighter, gradually becoming white

How to get rid of striae?

Completely get rid of this defect, unfortunately, is impossible, because the skin rupture has already occurred. But you can visually make the stretch smaller and less noticeable. One of the main methods is laser resurfacing. The surface of the skin becomes smoother, stretch marks become less noticeable. In addition, using laser resurfacing stimulation of collagen production is promoted, which contributes to the narrowing of stretch marks. After the procedures, the skin becomes smoother, the color more consistent with healthy skin. A good effect can be achieved if this method is applied to injection techniques, using special drugs and mesotherapy. Another method –  plasma lifting. This is an injection into the thickness of the stretch marks of our own plasma, obtained by centrifuging our own blood. This method narrows stretch marks, smooths the color of the skin.

How to prevent stretch marks?

If there are provoking factors, such as pregnancy, then the very first prevention of stretch marks is the moistening of the skin: the use of moisturizing creams, lotions in a sufficiently large amount. This will prevent skin from drying out, it will become more elastic. It is important to use creams containing vitamins A and E, as well as take vitamins A and E inside to maintain balance in the body of a woman. Do not forget also about the water regime – use a sufficient amount of liquid in the form of pure still water from 1.5 liters per day.

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