How to Prevent (And Erase) Stretch Marks

Just about every woman and a lot of men have stretch marks on their bodies from a number of conditions. But, how can we prevent them, I want them gone!

Stretch marks happen when the body grows faster than the skin can keep up with. So, it causes the elastic fibers that are under the surface of the skin to break, which results in stretch marks. When you gain weight quickly that can leave you with stretch marks. The most common places that stretch marks occur are the breasts and the stomach. They can also be found on thighs, buttocks, and upper arms.

Most stretch marks first appear as reddish or purple lines and they tend to fade to a lighter range. The glucocorticoid hormone is responsible for the development of stretch marks affect the dermis by preventing the fibroblasts from forming collagen and elastin fibers that are necessary to keep rapid skin growing skin taut. This creates a lack of supportive material, as the skin is stretched and leads to dermal and epidermal tearing.

Women are more prone to develop stretch marks due to pregnancy and excessive weight gain, however, men can develop stretch marks as well. But, a lot of stretch marks can indicate that there is something wrong. They can appear when you gain weight, taking oral corticosteroids, use topical steroids, or have adrenal gland disease.

Ways to remove stretch marks

-Tretinoin Cream: Retin-A’s along with other tretinoin creams, can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks that are less than a few months old and are still pink or red.

-Microdermabrasion: This procedure consists of the use of a handheld device to blow abrasive crystals on the skin, which gently removes the skin’s top layer and triggers the growth of new, more elastic skin.

-Laser treatments: Light therapies stimulate collagen, elastin, and melanin production. This is one of the most effective options because it uses intense pulsed light therapy, which is effective for treating older stretch marks.

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