Are Stretch Marks Forever?

Are stretch marks forever?  That’s a good question. Stretch marks are prevalent, they appear for all sorts of reasons, and they come in different variations. But, not everyone gets stretch marks. Many people wonder if they’re destined to get these marks, especially if they’re pregnant or may become pregnant someday.

Can you prevent stretch marks?

You can prevent stretch marks sometimes. But there are factors involved when it comes to using creams and exercising. Yes, you can exercise while you change your diet, and this helps reduce these imperfections.

Here are a few you may recognize:

– Streaks covering large areas of the body

– Indented streaks or lines in the skin

– Streaks on the abdomen, breasts, bum, thighs, or hips

– Pink, red, blue, purple, or black streaks

– Bright streaks that fade into a lighter color

Everyone can develop stretch marks, men and women, but some factors will increase your chance of getting them, including:

– Having Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome, or certain other genetic disorders

– Being female

– Undergoing breast enlargement surgery

– Having a personal or family history of stretch marks

– Using corticosteroid medication

– Being pregnant, especially in younger women

– Rapidly gaining or losing weight

– Being overweight or obese

How to reduce stretch marks? Weight gain

Also, those who intend on losing weight also wonder if they can avoid stretch marks. Those who already have stretch marks want to know, “Are stretch marks forever?”

There are many ways you can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

How to reduce my stretch marks

Some creams have herbal oils and extracts designed to regenerate the skin to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Although, some have mild acids and other chemicals, which aim to strip the top layer of skin which claims to “heal” stretch mark scars.

Depending on which cream you choose, they can range from a few pounds to over a hundred pounds. Yes, some stretch mark body products are expensive.

– Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter 120ml £24.00

– Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil £27.00

– JASON 32000IU Vitamin E Beauty Oil £10.00

– Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter £18.00

– StriVectin Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles £65.00

– Little Butterfly London Cocoon of Bliss Stretch Mark Butter £27.50

– Cowshed Mother Stretch Mark Balm £25.00

 Love Boo Super Stretchy Miracle Oil £10.00

– Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Oil £16

Consume More Vitamin A

You can use a vitamin A topical extract or take it orally. Both help towards the condition of your skin and its overall appearance. You could also add more vitamin A to your diet by eating more sweet potatoes and carrots. This will all help towards the appearance of your stretch marks.

Exfoliation

Regular exfoliation can treat your stretch marks and reduce their appearance. Exfoliation will remove any excess dead skin from your body and create a new skin for your stretch marks.

Have a nice, warm shower and get a soft bristle brush, then start from the bottom and move your way to the top of your body. Use an upward motion while exfoliating and go over the same body part three to five times and use firm strokes to stimulate flow. Rinse it off.

– NanoDerm Stretch Marks and Scar Care Exfoliator £21

– Clearly FIRM Exfoliating Coffee Scrub £19

– Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub £56

– Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish £88

– Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish £62

Aloe Vera

This is a natural skin softener and healing agent, so it works perfectly for stretch marks and makes it a great home remedy. Once you’ve exfoliated in the shower or bath, you can then apply pure aloe vera onto your stretch marks. This works best once you’ve been in warm water because your skin will be open and at its most vulnerable to apply a lotion on top.

Microdermabrasion

This is a completely painless procedure that helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It targets the top layer of skin and stimulates the skin to elastin fibers and tighten collagen.

During the procedure, tiny crystals for exfoliating are sprayed over the affected area, and a tipped wand is rubbed over the area. The dead skin will be removed during the process, and for the most effective results, you should be microdermabrasion for a period of time after your first procedure.

Once you’ve finished the procedure, your skin may feel tight and dry, and you may have some redness from the exfoliating. It will take up to 24 hours to heal.