Stretch marks are the marks caused by stretching the skin, resulting in scarring and then tearing. These signals are generally associated with a gain of sudden and excessive weight. However, these can become more evident when people lose weight. Women are more likely to develop these marks during and after pregnancy. The deepness of these grooves depends on a number of factors, including skin elasticity, skin tone, hormonal fluctuations, as well as the amount of weight gain. Many people, on the other hand, can also be genetically predisposed to develop streaks. Although striae can fade over time, they rarely disappear completely. However, the development of these signals can be avoided with the help of some simple measures.
Stretch marks due to weight loss
When people gain excessive weight, suddenly, the skin is stretched to the point where the middle layer of the skin known as the dermis collagen and underlying tissue, responsible for maintaining the elasticity of the skin is broken. Consequently, tear and small hemorrhages occur due to which the reddish or purple streaks appear on the skin. With time, these areas get healed, but the healing process takes time. Over time, stretch marks appear as white silver stripes on the skin. However, when the skin is stretched either too tight against the body, these marks may not be visible. But as you lose weight, they become more prominent.
Firstly, attempt to lose weight slowly and gradually. Rapid weight loss can lead to major spots. At the same time, drink plenty of water, at least 8-10 glasses a day to keep your body well hydrated. This will help to maintain skin elasticity and prevent stretch marks. This is because, the more elastic skin is less likely to stretch marks. Regular exercise can also help improve skin elasticity. In addition, a balanced diet, and use of good moisturizing oil and vitamin E to nourish the skin and improve its elasticity can help.
The appearance of stretch marks in pregnancy
According to some estimates, about 70-90% of women develop stretch marks during and after pregnancy, for the reason that they gain excessive weight leading to subsequent stretching of the skin beyond its capacity. To prevent the problem of stretch marks during this time, keep an eye on the type of food you eat. Even if the weight increase is inevitable during pregnancy, you may prevent unnecessary increase of weight, avoiding foods rich in saturated fats or trans. Eating a balanced diet can help control a rapid weight gain during pregnancy.
At the same time, drink lots of water and exercising regularly can help increase the elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce the likelihood of developing these horrible stretch marks. Keeping the skin well hydrated, using natural oils such as olive oil, wheat germ oil, lavender oil and emu.
You can also try some home remedies like cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, which are all excellent moisturizers. Massage the skin with olive oil, almond oil or wheat germ. Exfoliate your skin at regular intervals to increase blood circulation and remove dead skin cells.
These simple steps will help you ensure that your skin is stretched, without breaking, which in turn can be effective in preventing stretch marks after pregnancy. As for exercise, pregnant women should consult their doctor about the type of skin toning exercises that would be safe for them.