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How to get rid of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a common with problem, but with men as well. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get rid of them completely, but you can prevent them from happening and reduce the already done damage. Stretch marks are created because of thinning up of the surface layer of the skin, which is caused by the change in the fiber structure – elastin and collagen are out of balance. When the middle layer of the skin (dermis) is suddenly stretched, due to sudden weight gain, weight loss, muscle mass gain, or sudden growth in puberty, skin loses its elasticity (better said – the elasticity is overpowered) and you end up with visible lines on your skin.

Depending on your skin’s natural tone, stretch marks will appear as pink, brown or reddish line which afterwards gains a purple tone. Over time, these lines are flattened with the skin surface and acquire only a slightly different tone in comparison with your normal skin.

Prevention

As I’ve already said, once you do get stretch marks, you can never get rid of them entirely. It’s important to find a way in which you will be able to make them less visible so it’s important to start treating them as early as you can with proper preparations. If your stretch marks are still of reddish color, there is a higher chance of them being neutralized.

There is a theory about stretch marks being most affected by your skin’s elasticity factor, but there are also prevention measures which you can take in order to reduce their intensity. By massaging your skin with a glove you will improve the blood circulation. Every day you should apply nourishing moisturizers and lotions on the critical areas in order to maintain your skin’s elasticity. Also, eat food which helps your skin’s health such as those foods rich with vitamins E and C, zinc and silicone.

Treatment

If you’re interested in knowing how to get rid of stretch marks you may be disappointed. In their early stage, stretch marks can be minimalized with moisturizers and oils containing vitamin E which helps improve the overall condition of the skin, reducing the visibility of the stretch marks. Vitamin A is also a great tool which softens up the skin but it isn’t as effective. Moisturizers are effective in terms of hydration of the outer skin layer but they can’t always get absorbed deep into the skin when they basically appear.

Also, you can’t fix the already visible damage and completed stretch marks. You can however, reduce the overall visibility of young stretch marks. Use rice oil and body lotions which contain fruit natural acids. These will help skin cell regeneration by burning up the outer skin layer so the inner healthier skin cells are making their way to the surface. This process will improve your skin texture and skin color by making it more subtle and more capable of absorbing the nutritious contents from moisturizers and lotions which are bringing back your skin’s elasticity. After a couple of weeks of such treatment, the stretch marks will be less visible and the skin will be more flexible.

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Rani Vyas

Rani Vyas

I'm a Medical Consultant Doctor with a keen interest in Medical bioinformatics and genuinely intriguing way of presenting boring medical knowledge in an enchanting and eye catching way.

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