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3 Tips for Stretch Mark Problems

July 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 217

Basically when your body increases its weight, your skin tends to expand which requires adequate amount of collagen to provide elasticity and growth. Naturally skin is elastic and can stretch to a certain degree. But when there is rapid growth or a sudden increase in weight, the skin is forced to cope up with sudden growth. Since there is a certain limitation that the skin can stretch the second layer of it starts to tear. When this happens, the dermis layer of your skin starts to look like its being streaked. This causes the capillaries to burst and thin lines of purple or pink appears. The color will eventually turn into white as it ages. As you may have noticed stretch marks are caused by the tearing of your skin. They are actually stretched scars in a way.

As I mentioned earlier stretch marks happen in the second layer of the skin called dermis. This layer is responsible for the production of collagen which is the foundation of the skin every time your body grows. But rapid stretching and series of growth in a short period of time causes the skin to reach its limit and thus causes stretch marks. Most of the times the common parts in your body that tends to get stretch marks are the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs, legs and upper arms. Once this skin problem occur it is quite impossible to remove or somewhat permanent. You have to realize that it's possible to remove this problem. Stretch mark products' saying that they can treat the problem is not true. But they can help reduce the appearance of the scar nothing more nothing less.

Here are three major ways on how you can treat stretch marks effectively:

Stretch Mark Lotions and Cream

Alpha hydoxy acid is common amongst stretch mark lotions. What it does is that it removes the top layer of the skin which allows the growth of new skin. This can work effectively when constantly applied. When used discontinuously the effectiveness is lost. Check for products with ingredients that include Vitamins like A, C and E because that can help revive the healthiness of your skin.

Surgery treatment

Laser treatment is considered one of the effective ways to enhance the appearance of the scar, as well as chemical treatment. They are very accurate in treating the scars and can effectively enhance the surface of your skin. This method is applicable only to a certain depth and the result can vary based on the age of the stretch mark. But this treatment only works for people with brown or white skin.

Exercise and Diet

When it comes to your diet include eating foods that are rich in minerals like zinc and potassium. Also foods that is high in vitamin A, C and D content, and protein-rich food. Exercising as well helps stimulate proper blood circulation which allows stimulation of certain hormones that keeps the skin healthy. Refrain from drinking too much carbonated drinks, tea and coffee.

If you already have stretch marks don't you worry, there are a lot of alternative treatment available. The thing is that you need to wait until you're no longer pregnant and breast feeding. There are stretch mark products like Retin- A and Tretinion cream that are available for prescription. But if you really wanted a more effective way, laser surgery and abdominoplasty might work for you. They cost a fortune because they are that effective.

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