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Stretch Marks

It's pretty clear that stretch marks can be very unsightly. No matter the color or size, nobody wants to have them. And once you do have them, they're highly difficult to get rid of. Most women will acquire stretch marks at some point in their life, so there are always people looking for a stretch marks treatment.

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks usually show during periods of growth or when you rapidly gain or lose weight. As your height and shape changes, your skin has to give to adapt the change. Stretch marks are most usual during puberty and pregnancy - times when the body undergoes rapid changes. But what exactly causes stretch marks to form?

Your skin has 3 layers: the epidermis, or external layer; the dermis, the center layer; and the subcutaneous stratum, the inner layer. While skin is quite elastic and can stretch a fair amount, it does possess its limits. Once that limit is reached, the synthesis of collagen gets altered; skin loses its elasticity and the connective fibers inside break. And all that results in you having a stretch mark.

Can I get rid of Stretch Marks?

Some persons are more susceptible to forming stretch marks. Rid your skin from them can be difficult, because genetics can play a role, so if your mother had stretch marks, you're more prone to have them, too. Also, your ethnicity can determine whether you'll get stretch marks, as well as how evident they will be. Darker skinned persons are less likely to get stretch marks while fair skinned are more likely to notice little red or pink marks.

The look of a stretch mark varies on the tone of your skin. They can be reddish brown, dark brown or pink and will usually turn purple over time. Stretch marks do fade eventually, becoming less evident on their own. Sadly, this can take quite a while; likely longer than you would like. As for where you might see them, the thighs, stomach, breasts, hips and buttocks are most usual but it is also possible to see them on the legs, arms, pretty much anywhere fat gathers and stretches the skin.

Prevention

Some persons are lucky enough not to get stretch marks, or to get them very rarely, but for most people, they're a fact of life, specially during pregnancy. Statistically, between 75% and 90% of enceinte women will develop stretch marks. Some people claim that applying a moisturizer or other lotion on the damaged areas will reduce the possibilities of stretch marks forming by improving the skin's elasticity. It can't hurt to try, but be aware that that's not a infallible solution to rid stretch marks.

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