Why Do You Have Stretch Marks?

By: lynter
Before we even know what a stretch mark is, we hear people complaining about them. They are marks on the skin caused by stretching, and can be light in color, purple or pink. It is very common to get them during pregnancy, as they are usually the result of quickly gaining or losing weight.

Where do they appear?

Stretch marks are often prominent in the buttocks, breasts, thighs, hips and arm areas. They also appear on men, and effect people of any age. There is also a genetic factor which can be involved, as well as diet and hydration levels. Skin needs certain vitamins and nutrients, and if your diet isn't adequate your skin wont be as resilient.

Why do they appear?

Basically if your skin is low in elastin or collagen, you will be more prone to having them appear. If someone is losing weight quickly and not doing an appropriate amount of exercise, the tissue stretches and breaks, resulting in crack like lines. If you do sufficient exercise then the skin will more likely tighten without stretching.

Although it has never been proven, some people believe that skin tone or color effects predisposition to stretch marks. Those who think this way say the fairer the complexion, the less resilient the skin. Although very costly, laser surgery is available to repair their damage.

What can you do about them?

If you visit your local drug store, you will be overwhelmed by the number of creams and micro-beaded gels there are claiming they can heal tell tale signs of stretching. Do your research before rushing in to buy one which may not have proven results.

You want a cream that has the right ingredients. Popular stretch mark cream should have vitamin E, collagen and possibly cocoa butter. There are many devoted users of these methods who claim it really works.

Why not ask your chemist if they have some samples? Although most products require longer term application, you can still test your skins reaction to it and get a feel for the different ingredients.

Who gets them and where?

Stretch marks are often prominent in the buttocks, breasts, thighs, hips and arm areas. They also appear on men, and effect people of any age. There is a genetic factor involved, as well as your diet and hydration levels. Skin needs certain vitamins and nutrients, and if your diet isn't adequate your skin wont be as resilient. They affect people with all complexions, in all countries around the globe.

Summary:

Not many people find stretch marks attractive, and there has been an ongoing search for a solution through the ages. Expensive laser treatment does repair damage, and many people are fans of the creams and gels on the market. To try and prevent getting stretch marks, drink plenty of water and make sure you have adequate vitamin and mineral intake.
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