Can you get rid of stretch marks
You know the thing that gets me about stretchmarks is that the number one descriptor is unsightly. How to get rid of unsightly stretchmarksé Do you have unsightly stretch marksé What to do about all those unsightly stretchmarksé A more accurate descriptor would be ordinary. Do you have ordinary stretch markséAre you freaking out needlessly about your ordinary stretch marksé Do you really wantto try to get rid of ordinary stretch marks because it costs a lot of money and uh, well,I mean they're kind of just ordinary soo. Stretch mark question number one: Who getsthemé Answer: A lot of us. Depending on the age group and ethnicity you're looking at,anywhere from fifty to ninety percent of the
population has stretch marks. If you wereto line everybody up in their swimsuits around a pool, every other person if not more wouldprobably have some degree of stretch mark. Not just women, but also men and teenagers.Stretch mark question number two: Why do they happené Stretch marks occur has a combinationof tissue stretching and hormonal changes. We often hear that stretch marks are especiallyassociated with things like puberty, pregnancy, obesity and bodybuilding. What do all thosethings have in commoné Bodies changing sizes. Sometimes when our bodies start growing rapidlythe tissue beneath our skin start to stretch and actually change structure because it can'tproduce two free proteins collagen and elastin
fast enough. Without that key protein combinationthat middle layer of skin the dermis will sometimes break in places and those fibersmight show through to the epidermis or our visible layer of skin. Between those brokenfibers, the blood vessels underneath might also show through hence the red or purplishappearance of stretch marks. More recent research has suggested that the hormonal changes associatedwith things like puberty, pregnancy and weight gain contribute to that slowing down of collagenproduction which then contributes to stretch mark development. Some studies have also identifiedgenetic components that predispose some of us to developing stretch marks whether youlike it or not. Which brings me to stretch
mark question number three: How do we getrid of these unsightly oh wait no ordinary stretch marksé The simple answer is you can't.Or at least not entirely. Particularly with puberty and pregnancy related stretch marks,dermatologists usually reassure patients that they will eventually go away on their own.Those blood vessels showing through to the epidermis will actually constrict and thered and purplish coloring will fade with time. If you're looking to go out and buy a miraclecure for stretch marks I have a little bad news for you which is that scientific researchhas not found one. See also miracle cures for cellulite. If you look at a number ofproducts for treating stretch marks you'll
probably see a common list of ingredients:vitamin A, retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin C, botanical oils and vitamin E all of whichsome studies suggest might help the dermis repair it's collagen production. However asthe Mayo explicitly states these products as well as medical treatments cannot completelyerase stretch marks. That said in the case of pregnancy dermatologists would probablyrecommend that in case of pregnancy women should moisturize their tummies to reducethe potential severity of stretch marks that will develop in those three trimesters butwhen it comes to completely avoiding them ain't gonna happen, even with microdermabrasionand laser treatments. At best you'll walk
away with slightly less visible stretch markssure and also hundreds if not thousands of dollars less to your name. Statistically speakinghaving stretch marks is far likelier than being left handed and you know whaté I'm lefthanded and I have stretch marks and I also have cellulite. And I'm still here. Somehow.If we could just acknowledge that they're ordinary and that they happen to us in allphases of life postpuberty than maybe we wouldn't freak out about them so much, maybewe could love our bodies a little bit more stretch marks and all.