GUEST POST – The Skinny On Stretch Marks and How to Improve Their Appearance

 
Not many
people love their stretch marks, but the fact is that many people have them. If
you’ve ever been pregnant or have gained a lot of weight over a short period of
time, there’s a good chance you have a squiggly line or two on some part of
your part of your body. You may have even picked a couple up during puberty as
your childhood body rapidly evolved into its adolescent form.

  

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What are stretch marks?

As the name
suggests, stretch marks are marks that appear on the skin’s surface as a result
of the skin being stretched suddenly. When you look at a stretch mark, what
you’re really seeing is deeper layers of skin, which are exposed because the
middle layer, also known as the dermis, has broken.

When they
first appear, stretch marks can be red, pink or purple in colour and are often
itchy. The shade can fade over time but, unfortunately, stretches remain
visible if left untreated.

Although
often associated with bulging bellies, abdomens are not the only targets for
these troublesome stripes; thighs, breasts, buttocks, shoulders and upper arms
are also commonly affected.


What causes stretch marks?

Pregnancy

Pregnancy
brings the gift of children but it also brings some unwanted gifts, not least
among them being the dreaded stretch mark, or ‘striae gravidarum’ as your
doctor may call them.

While
pregnant women are often advised to use massaging creams to prevent stretch
marks from occurring in the first place, research into the benefits of massage
and stretch mark creams is sadly lacking. Unfortunately, no matter how much
daily rubbing they do, some women are destined to develop stretch marks as
their skin expands to accommodate their burgeoning bundles of joy. In fact, the
mark-free tummy in the picture above is something of a rarity, as it is thought
that up to 80% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy.

Rapid weight gain

With almost
two-thirds of UK adults now classed as overweight or obese, more people than
ever are at risk of developing stretch marks. Whether or not someone actually
gets stretch marks depends on their skin type and how elastic it is, but sudden
or significant weight gain makes you a prime candidate for the formation of the
shiny lines. 

Rapid Weight loss

The reduction of your
waistline can also affect the likelihood of getting stretch marks. Yo-yo
dieting can put your skin under strain and reduce its elasticity. While losing
excess weight can be great for your health and overall appearance, it is
important that weight is lost at a steady pace
in order to increase the likelihood of keeping weight off and stretch marks at
bay. 

Bodybuilding

As their
muscles expand in size, the skin of bodybuilders and athletes can weaken as it
is pulled to cover a greater area. This can result the dermis of the skin
breaking down and stretch marks appearing. Stretch marks on shoulders are more
common on bodybuilders and athletes.

Other causes

In rare
instances, stretch marks can be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as
Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome. If you are concerned about unexplained
stretch marks, you should consult a trained medical professional.

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While it’s
clear that the odd stretch mark is not rare, the negative effects of these narrow
grooves can be felt widely. Many men and women find that stretch marks have a
negative impact on their quality of life. Some say that the marks restrict the
types of clothing that they feel comfortable wearing and the kinds of
activities that they feel comfortable doing. Understandably, stretch marks can
have a detrimental effect on a person’s self-confidence, particularly when they
cover a large area of the body or are particularly severe. It is not
surprising, then, that every year many people seek treatment for this skin
problem. One
treatment option that has been shown to significantly improve the appearance of
stretch marks is Dermaroller therapy. This safe, non-surgical treatment works
by stimulating the skin to encourage repair.

A
completely natural treatment, Dermaroller involves the use of micro-needles to
regenerate the skin. Unlike some
more aggressive treatments, dermaroller therapy is low-risk, does not involve
foreign substances being introduced to the body and does not require resting
periods following treatments. Some
stretch mark treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV light and so are
not advised to be performed during the summer months. Dermaroller, however, can
be carried out at any time of the year.And Dermaroller isn’t just for stretch marks; it can be used used to improve the
appearance of a wide range of skin complaints, including acne, sun damage,
scars and cellulite. Like anti-wrinkle injections and other such skin treatments, Dermaroller treatment should
always be carried out by a trained specialist. When performed by a Dermaroller
expert, it is a safe and convenient option for people looking to create
clearer, smoother skin and improve the look of their stretch marks.

Author bio: Saoirse Keating is a freelance
writer who has been writing about the beauty industry and cosmetic surgery for
over 10 years. To ensure she stays up to date with industry news and
developments, she uses a variety of websites for research, including Botonics.

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Comments

  1. 1st April 2014 / 3:40 pm

    I have some quite bad stretchmarks on my inner-thighs from quick growth in my teens and I'm trying Bio-oil on them. Fingers crossed!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

    • 31st July 2014 / 2:55 am

      I do love using Bio Oil, it really works. xx

  2. Anonymous
    1st April 2014 / 4:29 pm

    I have stretch marks on the front of my thighs, if I'm being honest they really don't bother me! I don't love them or anything but I'm not going to lose any sleep over them 🙂 x

    • 31st July 2014 / 2:56 am

      Aww, it's great that they don't bother you hun, thank you for your comment. xx

  3. 5th April 2014 / 10:46 pm

    I have stretch marks at the top of my legs and I've always wondered how I got them as I never particularly had a growth spurt that I'm aware of and I have never rapidly lost or gained weight. However, I am currently waiting on tests to confirm that I have Marfan syndrome, so I guess that explains why I have them x

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    • 31st July 2014 / 2:56 am

      Hope everything is okay love. xx

  4. Julie Morris
    12th January 2020 / 4:45 am

    I got pregnant and was worried about getting stretch marks on my belly. I’m naturally a real person and stretch marks have a history with the ladies in my family. I did my research and decided to offer dermalmd stretch mark serum a try. a day after I showered, I might massage dermalmd serum into my skin. It worked better than I assumed possible. Not only did I not get one stretch mark during my pregnancy, but my labor nurse complimented my great skin. Also, I even have plenty of it left, even after daily use. Great value, great quantity, does what it says.

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