What is stretch mark? Why are there stretch marks in the body?

stretch marks

Our bodies are canvases. We paint them with many tools over the years as we get older. From cuts to burns to stitches, we leave many marks and scars behind. For many people, whatever the reason may be behind those marks, it creates a body image problem which can lead to self esteem issues. Stretch marks are one of those issues.

Seen on the bodies of many people, especially in women, stretch marks are a symbol of the change in that body. In this article, we will elaborate on stretch marks: what exactly are they, what causes them, and how to get rid of them.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are scars on your body that don’t particularly harm you in a vital way. These scars appear naturally on the skin over a period of time, usually visible on the skin that has been affected by a change in your weight. In some cases, though not as common as issues regarding weight, people with diseases that affect the Adrenal Gland, or those who use medication that affects the Adrenal Gland, may also have stretch marks. These marks look like a pinkish-reddish valley, or like a tear in a clothing perhaps. They commonly appear on tummy, upper arm, thigh, breasts, buttocks, and vaginal areas. 

Stretch can be identified rather very easily. Upon a closer inspection, you can recognize those scars in an instant. Though, it is still useful to mention that if you cannot pinpoint the reason for having stretch marks, you should pay a visit to a dermatologist to make sure nothing is out of ordinary.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are, as mentioned above, can be caused by many things. This issue is caused by the cortisone hormone. This hormone is produced by the Adrenal Gland, and the overproduction of it, over the time, leads to your skin losing its elasticity. This feature is the reason why your skin grows and shrinks upon changes in your weight. Most of the cases for stretch marks are related to rapid and sudden changes in your weight.

Many women also experience stretch marks during pregnancy periods, usually in breast, tummy, and vaginal areas. To put it very simply: just as the name suggests, stretch marks are results of the changes in your body, in which you skin has to “stretch” around you in order to get used to these changes.

How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

There are many things one can do to get rid of these scars. As stretch marks are not necessarily dangerous for your health, they are quite easy to heal. Though it should be noted that some treatments take longer to show effects. You can get rid of stretch marks through many means, but we will elaborate on those in two different categories: Homemade Remedies and Clinic Treatments. 

Homemade Remedies

Like many homemade treatments, the remedy for stretch marks lie heavily on nutrition and nutritious foods. But first, let us get this out of the way: water, water, water! In many treatments for various things, water is an essential part of the healing process as a whole. Stretch marks are no different. In this case, your daily water consumption greatly affects the elasticity of your skin, which is very important for this treatment.

Moving on from water, your consumption group should move to Vitamin C and Vitamin E. For many treatments regarding skin problems, foods in the said groups should be your go-to when you’re thinking of a change in your diet as a part of the treatment. Both Vitamin C and Vitamin E are antioxidants; they are the perfect cure for toxins, and they sustain your skin greatly. Vitamin C itself is a vital element in skincare product production in the first place. So, if you want to make a safe bet for a simple, homemade remedy, you know where to look.

Other than dietary choices, once can also do a couple of more things to get rid of stretch marks. One of the common remedies is the use of oils. Argan oil, for instance, is the most popular of the oils. Rich in Vitamin E, applying Argan oil directly onto the skin increases the elasticity of your skin over the time. Another very common remedy is egg whites. Egg whites contain amino acids, and the usage of them strengthens the skin and lightens it. 

Clinic Treatments

There are many choices one can take clinically to get rid of stretch marks. First, let’s take a look at treatments that involve laser treatment. There have been many laser treatments for this in the last decades, such as pulsed dye laser therapy, fractional laser, icon laser treatment; so on so forth. In the early 2010s, the overwhelmingly positive results in Biodermogenesi treatment, however, lead to many clinics abandoning those treatments for Biodermogenesi. This treatment focuses on applying amino acid-based serums onto the skin through the means of biocompatible magnetic fields.

This treatment takes 20 to 40 minutes per séance, though, the time may change with the body part accordingly. Biodermogenesi is not a heavy treatment; meaning you can still go on about your daily life without any side effects, which is a huge plus when compared to some other laser treatments which even require for you to refrain from sunlight. 

Everyone should be able to look into a mirror and be content with what they see. This is why we, in Milano Clinic, believe it is your right to feel beautiful in your own skin. Our team of expert estheticians believe it too, and they are willing to help you. For additional information regarding our services, prices and many more, please contact us.

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