Before you make a big deal about stretch marks, here's what you need to know. 50-90% of us women have stretch marks on our body. Be it our hips, thighs, breasts or abdomen, every woman has stretch marks. Before you get worried or feel conscious about stretch marks, let me say this: it's natural.
Here’s a quick explanation: the topmost layer of your skin is called epidermis, and the second layer is called dermis. The dermis consists of bundles of collagen. When you experience a period of rapid growth the skin gets stretched and pulls at the collagen bundles in the dermis. The bundles tear away from each other, and then, when the skin returns to the normal state or the rapid growth stops, the topmost layer of the skin begins to appear wrinkly and stretched as it isn’t supported by the same kind of collagen bundles underneath it.
Now that we’re through the entire explanation, let us tell you the real deal - well, it is NO big deal. It happens to the best of us at different stages of life and instead of getting worried, consider it a natural occurrence.
The three most prominent factors that lead to stretch marks are pregnancy, adolescence and weightlifting. This is because in all three situations your body goes through changes AKA rapid growth that pulls at the dermis.
Genetics too, play a role sometimes. So, regardless of any of the aforementioned situations, you could develop stretch marks because it runs in the family. These cannot be prevented, but surely can be treated.
There are two predominant stages of stretch marks, and that is clear once you take a close look at them. The stages are referred to as rubra and alba. At first, they are a little inflamed and appear reddish-purple - this is called rubra. The second stage is referred to as alba, when they turn silvery white. The second stage is reached over time. Ideally, your treatment should begin at the onset of stretch marks.
You need to keep an eye out for ingredients in your skincare products that boost collagen. Vitamin C and amino peptides improve the elasticity of the skin and will reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Giving your skin a good scrub every now and then helps slough off dead skin cells, and promotes the growth of new skin tissues. Regular exfoliation can be a great way to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Massaging any area increases/ regulates blood flow to it. In the case of stretch marks, you can reduce their appearance by massage the area - this will break down any scar tissue by increasing blood circulation in the affected area. In time, this will reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
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