Stretch marks, often associated with pregnancy, occur mostly in women. However it would be wrong to say that men are immune to them. Men do get stretch marks, but that is not as common as it is in women. Most people believe that stretch marks are cause by stretching of the skin during pregnancy, but these marks can develop whenever sudden growth spurt is experienced by the body. This is the reason many teenagers develop stretch marks on shoulders, upper arms and thighs at the time of puberty when their body grows suddenly. Sudden weight loss and weight gain can also leave such marks on the body.
How stretch marks are formed?
If you wish to get rid of stretch marks, it is essential to understand how they are formed. The skin is made of three layers - outer, middle and inner. The outer layer, also known as epidermis, acts as the barrier thanks to the presence of flat cells, while the innermost layer of skin, also known as hypodermis, consists of fat and tissue. The middle layer or dermis is the supportive layer that provides flexibility and firmness to the skin. It is the middle layer in which stretch marks develop due to rapid growth.
Initially when stretch marks are formed, they develop as indented streaks or lines in the middle layer of skin. Slowly they turn into multiple pink, red or purple streaks. As the marks grow older, they fade to a light pink, white or grey colour. All the marks grow through these stages and can be really unsightly.
Dealing with stretch marks
Although stretch marks don’t pose any health risk, it is the cosmetic appearance of these marks that forces men and women to seek treatment. Stretch mark treatment basically depends on the stage of the stretch mark.
Fresh marks, i.e. indented streaks which develop immediately after pregnancy and growth spurts, can be removed using laser treatment. Laser is quite effective if the marks are just fine lines as the light penetrates the skin and stimulates collagen production. Over-the-counter retinol creams are also helpful in improving the skin condition. But, if you are breastfeeding, don’t use retinol creams as they are believed to cause birth defects. In this case natural stretch mark products available at ShytoBuy can be really beneficial.
After your marks are properly visible i.e. when they turn pink and red, you can use firming formulations to restore the look of your skin. There are topical cream that contains natural ingredients such as Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter which provides essential moisture to help make skin firm. Microdermabrasion is another treatment that can help reduce appearance of stretch marks.
When marks get older and turn white and grey, it can be a bit hard to get rid of them. Although you can’t make these marks completely invisible, you can reduce their appearance by laser treatment and microdermabrasion. More than two to three sessions of therapies will be required to notice significant improvement.