Stretch marks are a normal process of growing up for most girls and boys, especially when they gain weight quickly during puberty. It is also a frustrating problem for women after giving birth to children and in general when the body rapidly gains fat or muscle in one area. Most girls and women have stretch marks on the breasts, thighs, hops and the butt.
When the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching, the person develops fine lines on the body called stretch marks. Although they start as reddish lines, they fade to whitish tissue scars over time. Typically, the human skin is pretty elastic; however, when it is unnaturally overstretched, the collagen under the skin gets damaged or disrupted causing scars or stretch marks. Since they are a result of advanced damage to the collagen, it is extremely difficult to reduce stretch marks. It is thus advised that you avoid developing stretch marks by controlling the pace of rapid weight gain, weight loss and muscle build-up.
Whether you just have a few stretch marks or are afflicted with several scars all over, it remains an unpleasant sight and one is always looking for a way to get rid of these stretch marks. Advances in science and medicine have helped to develop special creams, lotions and oils to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Most of these can be bought at your local chemist and help to not only reduce the stretch marks visibly but also make the skin supple and firm.
The two most commonly found treatments for reducing stretch marks are vitamin E oil and cocoa butter. These can be massaged into the skin twice a day and should be used as soon as you see the first sign of stretch marks appearing on the body. Quick and timely action will result in a more successful treatment to reduce stretch marks.
Besides over-the-counter drugs, there are specially designed prescription drugs for the treatment of stretch marks. Retin-A cream is commonly used to reduce the redness in new stretch marks and may help prevent scarring of the tissue.
Although by far the most expensive method available today, the recently introduced cosmetic laser surgery has proven to be the most successful treatment to reduce stretch marks. This method can be used on all kinds of stretch marks, whether they are old and deep or even new. Laser treatment removes, vaporizes, and breaks down the skin’s tissues. The treatment lasts over several weeks and six to eight treatments are required for best results.
Getting rid of stretch marks is sometimes impossible as the damage to the deep fibers of the skin is difficult to repair. It is thus best to prevent stretch marks. Following the simple self help techniques will help you to feel Healthy and Young Looking skin help in getting rid of Stretch marks.
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