Sudden changes in the body’s size can cause stretching of the skin and it can develop streaks or lines on the surface of the skin commonly known as stretch marks. Extreme loss or gain in weight normally cause stretch marks and both women and men could have them.
Women are more affected by this condition than men. It is probably because women suffer more changes in their bodies like pregnancy and child bearing among other reasons.
These marks can be seen on the lower back, thighs, legs, abdomen, breasts, hips and even the upper arms. It could be also hereditary, genetics should also be blamed not only the common culprit – the body changes.
There is a big possibility for you to have them if your mother has them.
Anyway, there are numerous ways to prevent them and to minimize their appearance. So read the tips listed below that show you the way how to minimize the stretch marks.
Lotions and creams usage
In order to minimize the visibility of the stretch marks the most common way is lotions and creams usage.
Retin-A cream – The effectiveness of retinoic acid cream on stretch marks is said that enhances the skin’s production of collagen in order to fill in the tears and lines found in the epidermis. Some of the available brands that can be found are Tazorac, Retin-A and Renova however you need to have a prescription to buy them. Whenever you use this cream limit the skin’s exposure to the sun since it’s prone to bun with this cream on. If you are breastfeeding or pregnant do not use it.
Creams with Glycolic Acid – Collagen production could also be enhanced by this cream and it can improve the elasticity of the skin so it can look more toned. Despite that you can get this cream without a prescription you need to consult a dermatologist prior you decide to buy and use this cream to be aware of any adverse effects it could have. This cream is safe to use during pregnancy. Exposure to the sun should be limited when this cream is used.
Combined usage of glycolic acid and retin-a
Oil and lotion with vitamin E – this vitamin is good to nurture your skin with, moisturizers like lotions and body oils with it can do wonders to your skin.
Natural Products usage
The things in nature sometimes are also able to help your skin and minimize the stretch marks on it.
Egg whites – The protein found in eggs, according to some researchers, could improve the skin’s production of collagen and bring elasticity to it. In order to do this, separate the egg whites from the yolks and massage the whites on the stretch marks, it should be left for 5 minutes then rinsed well. Repeat this process three times a day.
Lemon Juice – is known for cleaning and whitening the skin. The discoloration on the skin can be lightened by the juice’s acid and in that way the marks will be made less visible. Mix sugar granules with lemon extract scrub to achieve maximum results in order to remove the dead skin and even out the color by exfoliating the part that is affected.
Aloe Vera – this gel could also help fighting the stretch marks. Apply it like a cream on the affected area. It should be left for 5 up to 10 minutes and after that rinsed well with lukewarm water.
Take Good Care Of Your Skin
Excessive weight loss can sometimes result in appearance of stretch marks. In order to avoid this you can do some exercise so that muscles that are built can fill up your body. Exercises can also help you to achieve the toned look and eliminate the visible lines and streaks. In this way you can prevent the appearance of stretch marks altogether.