Like cellulite stretch marks also make many women feel self – conscious about. Stretch marks though can happen to anyone but yes women are more prone to it. They can occur on different body parts including stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, arms, back etc. Basically wherever weight fluctuation happens can lead to stretch marks, that’s why found in almost 50% of pregnant women as there belly and breast grows too much in size during pregnancy.
These reddish, purple depressed streaks / scars develops when our skin stretches or shrinks too quickly.
If you develop stretch marks, you’re most likely to do so during these times:
- Growth spurts that happen in puberty
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Weight training when you have rapid muscle growth
What Causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks are form in the deeper layers of your skin due to overstretching of the connective tissues such as collagen & elastin. Stretch marks effect the middle layer of your skin called dermis. Excessive stretching can sometimes even destroy the connective tissue, but it is actually a scar which develops from inside out and that is why tough to treat.
Can stretch marks be treated?
We all want to get rid of scars of our lives but some are so differently made that getting rid of them completely is almost impossible. With time stretch marks gets faded and becomes light in appearance but removing them completely and making your skin smooth is really a task.
Though they cannot be treated completely but few things can be done to prevent them is– Moisturize, Moisturize & moisturize.
You can start using OTC lotions & creams as soon as you observe them appearing on your skin.
- Massage the marks deeply
- Apply daily
- Keep skin hydrated
- Start the treatment as soon as possible. Older stretch marks are not easy to be treated.
There is no rule, what worked well for me may not work well for you, so, keep checking the way your skin is responding to these preventive products. Some of the available creams & lotions are mentioned below –
BUT , Above all these, please remind yourself that no one is perfect. Some stretch marks on your skin will not make you less of a woman or a mother. These stretch marks are the proof how you gave birth to a new life and we women should be super proud of it. Let’s not compare ourselves to others especially on social media. There are 100 of apps that can make you look 100 times better than your real self, so please don’t berate yourself just because someone else is trying to look perfect in her profile picture.
We all know it’s not easy but the truth is “Happiness is a choice” so choose what is best for you , your body and your mind. Only good looks are not going to make you a gem of a person. Be wise, healthy, fit and most important “Be confident and proud of what you are”.
P.S -Share some tips and remedies if you have, to get rid of stretch marks.