While they are permanent, preventing stretch marks is easier than treating them. Knowing a head of time if you may be predisposed due to heredity for stretch marks may give you the “heads up” to act quickly before those ugly reddish-purple marks show up. Here are the risk factors for stretch marks:
Pregnancy Puberty Dry Skin Bodybuilding Weight Lifting Rapid weight gain
When you are heading into any of the above areas beware and start preventative measures right away.
As soon as the pregnancy test shows positive start eating healthy, drinking at least 8 – 8 oz glasses of water each day, exercise daily, and moisturize all of your skin, everyday.
Those individuals heading towards the teen years cannot do much about the rapid growth spurts but they can eat sensibly so that they can maintain weight gain. They can also eat fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water each day. Teens usually get enough exercise, but it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder to do so.
Scratching contributes to skin breakdown, so you want to avoid all scratching (which is why those with dry skin get stretch marks). Use moisturizer or powder to ease the itchiness.
Those individuals participating in bodybuilding or weight lifting should speak with professional instructors before you start to address the issue of stretch marks and following a more gradual muscle-building program.
It is important to be in control of our weight by eating sensibly and following a healthy eating plan. Another way to control your weight is through daily exercise. Find something you enjoy doing and stick with it. Treatments:
There are plenty of lotions, creams and oils. Just be sure to read the labels before buying. Ask for the advise of a medical professional preferably a dermatologist regarding a topical application.
Sunless lotions and sprays can be used to cover up stretch marks. Do not use tanning beds or natural tanning.
Laser therapy is a simple procedure that usually does not require much in the way of recovery time. Lasers repair the skin’s natural synthesis of collagen. Collagen repairs and rejuvenates skin tissue. The Cosmetic laser treatment for stretch marks works because it stimulates renewal of the growth of depleted collagen. It removes damaged skin tissue, it can seal broken blood vessels and repairs the fibers of the dermis (middle layer of skin). This option is usually expensive and not covered by most health insurance policy, so check yours before agreeing to the procedure.
Plastic surgery is a permanent removal of the stretch marks.
Chemical compounds called retinoids are relatively new and must be done under proper medical supervision. These chemical compounds are called retinoids (retinaldehyde, tretinoin, isotretinoin).
Laser Treatments work from the bottom up. The laser energy is absorbed in the dermal layer, which then stimulates new collagen. The new collagen thickens and plumps the skin, effectively filling in the stretch mark. All individual considering laser treatment should first seek the advice of their healthcare provider before seeking laser treatment.