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In a world obsessed with flawless skin, it's easy to feel self-conscious about those harmless little lines that grace our bodies. Yes, you guessed it right; we're talking about Stretch Marks. This common skin concern is a fascinating reminder of growth, change, and all the incredible things our bodies have been through. In this article, we’ll delve into the causes and treatments for these stripes that are pestering you.
What Are Stretch Marks?
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Stretch marks, also known as striae, are lines that develop when our skin rapidly stretches or shrinks beyond its natural elasticity. As a result, the fibres in our skin, collagen and elastin, break, leaving noticeable lines on the skin. This is caused by numerous factors, including rapid weight gain or loss, pregnancy, hormonal changes during puberty, or taking certain medications. Stretch marks on thighs and stomach are common during pregnancy, while stretch marks on breasts, upper arms, and buttocks arise generally during adolescence. These narrow stripes change color over time and might feel itchy.
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What Are White Stretch Marks?
The initial red or purple-colored stretch marks turn white over time and appear slightly depressed or indented. The color change happens as a result of decreased collagen production and a reduction in the visibility of the blood vessels beneath the skin. Although white stretch marks are difficult to treat, certain treatments can help improve their appearance.
How To Fade White Stretch Marks?
According to specialists, stretch marks are permanent, however, they can be made less noticeable. Let's take a closer look at some of the options!
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1. Tropical Treatment:
Stretch marks removal creams are topical products that contain ingredients that provide hydration and nourishment to the skin, resulting in faded marks. When choosing stretch marks removal creams, look for key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, tretinoin, silicon gel, trofolastin and alphastria. Rosehip Oil, Striover and Squalane come together in ThriveCo’s Stretch Marks Expert to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of old and new stretch marks. The high performing formula helps to prevent stretch marks as well.
Performed with a microdermabrasion machine, this procedure involves exfoliating the damaged skin layer to boost the production of collagen and elastin in the affected area. This process evens out skin texture which makes the stretch marks less noticeable.
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It is a cosmetic procedure also called collagen induction therapy, that uses tiny needles to create small punctures in the layers of your skin. As the skin heals, your body gradually induces the formation of new collagen, which helps fade stretch marks.
A word of caution : if microneedling is not performed correctly or hygienically, it can cause infections, hyperpigmentation and bruising.
4. Laser therapy:
A popular treatment that uses light to promote new skin cells over stretch marks and leads to the formation of melanin. The top layer of skin is damaged in order to be replaced by the healthier skin underneath it.This makes stretch marks appear smoother, flatter and less noticeable.
Remember, the results of any treatment, be it stretch marks cream or in-office procedures, will differ depending on your skin type. Also, do not use regular stretch marks creams during pregnancy without consulting your doctor. ThriveCo’s Stretch Marks Expert, however, is safe for pregnant women to use too!
It's time to embrace our skin and shower it with self-love. And as the dialogue in the film - ‘For Keeps’ goes, ‘Stretch marks are the badge of a real woman’. However, if you are bothered by their appearance, you have ThriveCo by your side to cheer you up.
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