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It was summer of [insert year here because I’m too lazy to calculate] when I expanded my gluteus maximus- try not to laugh, please. During that year, I gained quite a few pounds, and I wanted to get rid of it. So, I turned towards the basic and began running. Then, my bottom started expanding and with it came stretch marks. It turns out that my butt had been growing at such a fast rate that my skin cannot accumulate to it fast enough!
If you carefully observe the presence of stretch marks, you will notice it is generally seen in regions of the body that are known to be very susceptible to a rapid increase in the skin. Instant change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture causing the surface to seemed broken and torn. During pregnancy stretch marks appear, as fluctuations in your weight usually cause them.
It is well known that stretch mark affects mainly pregnant women, but everyone is susceptible to getting it – just different ways. For example, they’re also seen in people who work out, because of the development of muscle mass – this is where I rest.
The shock I felt when I looked into the mirror on [insert random day of the week here] evening.
To understand more about stretch marks, read the pharmaceutical journal. I find this article straightforward and genuinely informative.
There are two types of stretch marks:
Red stretch marks (striae rubra) – form because of the overstretching of the dermal layer of the skin where people with red stretch marks will notice that the blood vessels in the layer below are visible.
White stretch marks (striae alba) – Bright white marks appear where blood vessels have receded, showing the fat beneath the dermal layer.
I have striae alba – I just want to write that to feel fancy.
Before you read the tips, I want to tell you not to stress out about your stretch marks and know that it’s completely normal to have them – everyone has them at one point in his or her life.
Ihadenoughinformation: “I had enough information. Tell me how I can get rid of my stretch marks!”
Patienceisvirtue: “Shhhh…I’m getting there and you cannot get rid of stretch marks – only fade them.”
How to Avoid/Fade Stretch Marks:
1. Healthy Weight
Keep in mind that everyone has a different healthy weight due to their height. Also, keep in mind, that sometimes staying in the healthy weight category does not make you healthy. For example, my weight is considered healthy, but my nutritionist says that I’m unhealthy due to my lifestyle – it was an aftermath of college graduation.
So, nourish your body with wholesome foods lets you maintain a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals. Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. It also helps you keep a constant weight and prevents you from gaining fat, which generally leads to stretch marks.
Overall, it is good for your health.
Be healthy whether you want to prevent getting stretch marks or not.
2. Exercise regularly
Regular exercising can help keep your skin taut and your weight in check, and eventually minimize the risk for stretch mark development. Aim for slow and gradual weight gain during pregnancy, not instant.
Stretch mark creams, lotions, and gels. First of all, I want to make a point that these products do not get rid of stretch marks, instead, fade them. These products had often seemed unreliable since it is a hit and missed for people, where some praise a specific cream while the other bash on it.
If you want to try one of these creams, lotions, or gels to fade stretch marks, be sure to use the product on early stretch marks since treatment seems to have little effect on mature stretch marks. Ensure to massage the product into your stretch mark and take your time. Apply the product every day for weeks; then you must wait to see the result. There is no such thing as an instant result!
4. Drink Water
Staying hydrated has a lot of positive effects on your body. It helps in the prevention of stretch marks as it provides the skin with enough moisture to stop these marks from showing up when you gain weight or build muscles. It is a common misconception that you should drink exactly eight glasses of water daily. The amount of water intake varies from person to person. It depends on specific factors like the food you eat, how much you’ve perspired, and how much liquid you’ve ingested throughout the day.
To know if you’re dehydrated, I recommend that you use your urine – yeah, ew I know – to dissect if you’re drinking enough water. Take into consideration certain factors, including the amount, color, and odor. Just don’t stuff your face into the toilet.
While I am not a huge fan of tanning, it does work. While tanning can make stretch marks more noticeable, a self-tanner can camouflage stretch marks — both early and mature ones. A self-tanner cannot get of rid of stretch marks.
6. Prescription medicine
Hyaluronic acid – early stretch marks made the stretch marks less noticeable.
Tretinoin – is a retinoid, which may also make early stretch marks less noticeable.
Retinol – another type of retinoid, may also help fade early stretch marks.
7. Procedures that dermatologists perform
Dermatologists use chemical peel, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, radiofrequency, and ultrasound to make stretch marks less noticeable. To give you the best results, your dermatologist may use more than one procedure – but make sure to consult the expenses. I would recommend doing this first – if you hold insurance coverage – before spending your money on expensive products.
In the end, keep in mind that all methods come with side effects.
Give these tips a shot and tell me how it went! I would love to read your feedback and if you got any more secrets, make sure to spill it!