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Stretch Marks and Simple Tips to Improve Them

Stretch marks, scientifically known as striae are a form of scarring on the skin. When the skin becomes pulled during rapid growth or stretching, stretch marks can occur. Although our skin is quite elastic, when it's overstretched, the regular production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disturbed. At first these scars appear as having a unique texture from the surrounding skin and reddish or purplish in color. However fortunately, they almost totally disappear over time as they become lighter in color.

The human skin has three different layers: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the subcutaneous stratum (innermost layer). Stretch marks occur in the dermis, which is the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. Therefore no marks will form as long as there is support within the dermis.

Don't worry. You're not alone if you start noticing stretch marks on your body. Many women see them appear on breasts, thighs, hips, and buttocks. Over 50% of all females get them during pregnancy or witness their appearance during puberty. These deep-skinned scars often affect obese or overweight people.

They may also appear during rapid weight changes in bodybuilders. Stretch marks might also appear on a person who uses steroid-containing skin lotions or ointments (like hydrocortisone) for an extended period of time, or has to take strong doses of oral corticosteroids for several months or more. They occur more often in females but can easily affect males. So those that believe that only females get stretch marks are misinformed.

Here are some Helpful Tips to Make Stretch marks Fade:

A number of people may find that sunless tanning treatments (both over-the-counter lotions and sprays and in-salon types of treatments) can help cover up scars. But regular tanning and tanning beds won't work because stretch marks don't tan well.

On a similar note for those of you that love to take a dip in the pool, the good news is that current fashion actually favors many styles of bathing suits that can hide belly marks. This does wonders to hide those scars on the upper thighs and buttocks are the popular 'boy style' suits. High neck swimmers can hide marks in the chest area and are a popular choice with many swimmers meaning there is lots to choose from.

Furthermore there are lots of lotions and other skin products on sale that can help to prevent stretch marks. You will also benefit from seeking the help of a dermatologist, who specializes in skin problems. These skin specialists may use anything from microdermabrasion which is an actual surgery technique or laser treatment, which minimizes the appearance of stretch marks. Actions similar to these however are costly and aren't usually prescribed for people in their teen years because they are still growing and their striae will probably fade over time anyway


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