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Talking Stretch Marks

Visible linear scars are known as stretch marks. Stretch marks form in areas where the skin is incapable of withstanding overstretching and the elastin and collagen fibers reach their capacity. Tears in the dermal skin layer result as the skin weakens and eventually fails. This shows up on a thinner skin surface as visibly curled stripes and in fact are bands of elastin broken beneath the skin. Thus, stretch marks are scars that have formed inside out, rather than scarring from external wounds. Stretch marks are thus scar tissue created by your body in response to healing damage caused by overstretched skin that is too thin. Your body uses them to heal itself as quickly as it can possible do with its own resources. However once these scars are formed they are prominent because of their depth, length, discoloration, and texture it is thus very difficult to get rid of them.

Stretch marks may occur during pregnancy, growth spurts, bodybuilding while on steroids, or when other hormonal imbalances may be at work. In the United States alone stretch marks effect approximately 90% of pregnant women, 70% of adolescent females, and 40% of adolescent males. Unfortunately the striated appearance of skin will rarely return to normal although the discolouration from stretch marks tends to fade over time.

The way a person's skin heals is a good indicator of the depth and severity of stretch marks they may see in the future. People whose skin heals well with minimal scarring can expect less obvious stretch marks, whereas skin that heals poorly (or slowly) or tends to develop raised or thickened scars can generally expect stretch marks that are more pronounced.

Treat Stretch Marks

One of the best things you can do is to minimise the development of stretch marks in the first place. Eating healthy with lots of vitamins and minerals and drinking lots of water is the simplest prevention. Keeping your skin moisturized and healthy is important as this keeps it elastic and thus less likely to form stretch marks. To keep your skin healthy and elastic it is essential to exercise regularly.

Available treatment creams have tried to have tried to prevent stretch marks or improve their appearance. Stretch mark prevention and treatment products on the market these days, work by trying to stimulate the skin matrix to make collagen and elastin.

Unfortunately, this approach falls short or fails in most people affected by atrophic skin, whereby skin is too thin and not strong enough to support stretching beyond what it has been used too. Fortunately there are new products by doctors being developed always and some have these have proved very effective especially for women with pregnancy stretch marks.


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