7 things you need to know about stretch marks by Kellie Kearney.
Stretch mark are caused when the fibres of elastin beneath the skin break due to rapid expansion of the skin over a short period time. During pregnancy, our skin expands and stretches to its limit, sometimes causing these tiny tears in the supporting layers of skin.
Unfortunately there is no real cure or scientifically proven prevention but it’s always recommended to eat well, keep active and hydrated during pregnancy.
7 things you need to know about stretch
1. Anybody can develop stretch marks. Although pregnant women, teens, body builders and anyone rapidly gaining or losing weight are most vulnerable in developing stretch marks.
2. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, most often they tend to occur near the armpits, on the thighs, abdomen, chest, and groin area.
3. If your mother had stretch mark your most likely to develop them too. Genetics play a huge role and some of us may be prone to them.
4. There are two types of stretch-marks. When they first appear they can be red, pink or purplish and sometimes inflamed, these are rubra stretch marks. Then over time they will turn into a silvery white colour known as alba.
5. Stretch marks are like scars and do fade over time depending on the severity and the type of skin.
6. There are surgical procedures available in removing stretch marks including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and even laser surgery but none of them have been 100% effective. Also health insurance isn’t likely to cover stretch mark treatment because it is considered a cosmetic problem even if they are very visible.
7. There is no miracle cream to banish stretch marks completely but it’s recommended to massage and keep the target area moisturized to help minimise their appearance. Regular exfoliation can also help, after all it removes old skin cells replacing them with new tissues. And if your really concious about them, self tanners are widely known to work wonders in camouflaging stretch-marks.
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