Do you have stretchmarks? How do you feel about them? Well its nothing to be ashamed of. Almost every woman has them as its part of growth. Yes, even your favourite celebrities had them at one point in their lives. Men also can have them.
Stretchmarks appear as a result of the body stretching drastically due to weight gain, pregnancy, puberty etc. Stretch marks appear as linear streaks on the skin that has been overstretched. They start as flat red lines, and over time they appear as slightly depressed white streaks. They tend to appear on the buttocks, thighs, breasts,abdomen, chest e.t.c. The key to combat it is early treatment.
Stretch marks can be caused by a lot of things. They manifest when there is a damage to the elastic fibers of the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) accompanied by inflammation which eventually results in scar-like changes. These changes appear to be induced by excessive physical stretching of the skin.
Stretch marks can be hard to prevent during cases such as pregnancy and puberty however moisturizing the skin regularly during the first three months before the stomach starts to expand has been proven to help in many cases. Other ways to avoid stretch marks is to avoid excessive and sudden weight gain that could trigger it and to also completely avoid the use of bleaching creams containing steroids which are harmful to the skin.
Stretch marks are not easy to treat, however its appearance can definitely be improved so that after intensive treatment it is less visible and blends well into the skin. You can use natural oils and butters to treat stretch marks or you can go for laser surgery. Laser surgery has proven to work best but with consistency, cocoa and shea butter are renowned to help fade stretchmarks. You can also use oils like coconut, olive or vitamin e oil. You can also take things to improve your collagen production to aid skin elasticity.
Remember to start treating it early.