Where Do Stretch Marks Come From?
Stretch marks are noticeable lines that resemble scars on the surface of the skin that form when a person’s skin has undergone rapid growth and stretched beyond its natural elasticity, often a result of pregnancy, weight gain, bodybuilding or puberty. They pop up in places where fat is easily accumulated on the body, such as thighs, stomach, hips and buttocks.
When stretch marks first begin to appear, they are red or purple, but they fade over time to become faintly white or slightly lighter than a person’s skin color.
Body creams with vitamin E are a good start to prevent stretch marks. A nutritious diet, exercise to increase blood circulation and drinking a lot of water to keep the body hydrated are also preventive measures.
If stretch marks have already appeared on the skin, dermabrasion, chemical peel or laser surgery can help in reducing or eliminating them.
There are several topical creams on the market that claim to remove stretch marks, but many are ineffective and contain ingredients that cause allergic reactions and skin irritations.
Moisturizing stretch marks each day keeps them from deepening in the skin and causing further complications.