There are a lot of names for them from tiger stripes to unsightly blemishes but ultimately, stretch marks are something that decorate our bodies after a period of extreme weight loss, extreme weight gain or pregnancy. There are tons of old wives’ tales and homemade potions that promise to get rid of the marks decorating your bum, hips, boobs, arms… let’s face it, if you have good elasticity in your skin, stretch marks are a given if you have a big change to your skin. You can slather on every lotion under the sun and attend ultherapy skin treatment in Orange County but there’s no real way to avoid them entirely. You can make them appear less visible and by all means, book yourself into a spa for the day and convince yourself (and your husband!) that coolsculpting treatment in Orange County will make it go away, but really it won’t.
Stretch marks appear when the collagen and elastin fibres tear in the skin. Puberty, weight changes in the extreme and pregnancy are the most common causes and it’s not actually as simple as being the result of the skin over stretching. Gaining and losing weight at a rapid level is one of the many reasons you can see stretch marks road map your skin. Your hormones play a very big part in whether you will have those tiger stripes adorning your English rose skin. The hormones are what causes the collagen and elastin fibres to tear when the skin is stretched and genetics also play a very large role in your future of stretch marks. If your mother was lucky enough to avoid them her whole life, then it can mean you end up sporting a beach ball baby bump stripe free and clear.
You can’t actually prevent the marks from happening. By all means, slather on that cocoa butter or oil that the internet convinced you would work, it will moisturise your skin beautifully and likely help the appearance become less. Stretch marks will still happen. There are ways you can minimise them and we aren’t talking about velashape treatment in Orange County. Stretch marks first appear red, pink or even purple and over time, they lessen to silvery white and just look a little like crepe paper on the skin. Vitamin A rich oils and creams can help that process to move a little quicker so that the unsightly marks are faded faster. The most effective way to help the appearance is laser treatment but either way you will still feel the grooves in the skin.
Your body is a map of your life so having perfect skin isn’t always possible. If you’ve been lucky enough to carry a baby and experience the miracle that is childbirth, then you’ll have a lot worse scars across your body than a few tiger stripes, believe us on that one!