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Why they appear & how to get rid of

Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are caused by the over-stretching of the skin, tearing the skin, due to pregnancy or rapid weight gain.

Treatments for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks appear as linear discoloured marks on the skin, similar to scarring. Are mostly found around the hips, breasts, stomach, buttocks and thighs and are caused by the over-stretching of the skin causing the skin to tear, allowing deeper layers of skin to show through. It may slowly diminish naturally over time but will not completely be reduced without laser treatment.

They are very common with both men and women, regardless of age. Approximately 8 out of 10 pregnant women will be affected due to the skin stretched past its capability to regenerate.

When stretch marks appear, they tend to be pink, red, purple, reddish-brown, depending on your skin color. They also may feel slightly itchy at their early stages. Moisturizing the skin may help to relieve the itchiness.

There are several ways/treatments to improve the appearance of stretch marks:

  • Laser procedures can resurface the skin, eliminating the appearance of the stretch marks to restore an even skin tone
  • Radiofrequency uses radio wave energy to create heat & trigger your body to make collagen
  • Microneedling – a way of stimulating your body’s healing processes
  • Chemical peels
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Retinol

 

SYMPTOMS of Stretch Marks

  • Indented streaks or lines on breasts, abdomen, hips & buttock
  • Pink, red, blue, purple or black streaks
  • Streaks covering large areas of the body
  • Bright streaks that fade to a lighter color
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CAUSES of Stretch Marks

  • Being pregnant
  • Gaining & losing weight rapidly
  • Having a family history of stretch marks
  • Breast enlargement surgery
  • Use of cortisone
  • Rapid growth

Prevention of Stretch Marks

- Careful weight management to avoid excess stretching and tearing of the skin
- A diet high in nutrients and adequate hydration
- Include vitamin C in your diet
- Eat foods rich in zinc

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