Stretch marks: a lot of women have them and often, they can impact your confidence. Here we try to learn what causes them and if removal methods like stretch marks cream can help get rid of them.
What are stretch marks?
Medically known as ‘striae,’ stretch marks happen when your skin changes its shape rapidly because of growth or weight gain. Both men and women can get stretch marks, though it’s more common in women. Stretch marks affect 70% of adolescent females during puberty and up to 90% of pregnant women.
Stretch marks are not a sign that something is wrong with your health but they can be unsightly. At first, a stretch mark will appear as a thin red or purple line on your skin, taking on a different texture than the surrounding skin. They are most commonly found where large amounts of fat are stored, like the chest area, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. Eventually, most stretch marks fade and turn into a lighter or almost translucent coloring, and become shiny.
What causes stretch marks?
There is no direct cause that has been identified, but it is often observed in situations where the skin is stretched. Common examples include pregnancy, rapid growth during puberty, and significant change in weight.
Some medications like corticosteroids may also lead to stretch marks, as it may affect skin elasticity needed to keep skin firm.
How to prevent and get rid of stretch marks
It can be challenging to get rid of stretch marks in a completely natural way, as they’re the type of scarring that rarely fades enough to be invisible. However, there are some remedies and treatments that can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and help them fade faster.
Here are some common ingredients that can help with stretch marks:
There is little clinical evidence that supports aloe vera as a stretch mark cure, but it’s worth a try as pure aloe vera is both a natural healing agent and a skin softener. If using it as a home remedy, you can apply pure aloe vera from a plant to your stretch marks daily after you shower.
Grapeseed oil is one of the most sought-after ingredients in skincare. It feeds skin and hair with nourishing vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The antioxidants found in grapeseed oil, such as Vitamin C & E, and proanthocyanidin can help to prevent free radical damage to the skin.
Grapeseed oil also contains polyphenols, which help fight signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles. The oil contains natural astringent properties, too, resulting in firmer-looking skin.
Vitamin E is widely known as a skin vitamin because it helps fight off damaging free radicals on the skin. In fighting off free radicals, Vitamin E helps protect the skin from damage. Additionally, it can also help heal and moisturize skin and strengthen skin barrier function.
Collagen is the protein in your skin that allows it to keep its shape and appear healthy. As we age, collagen production slows down. Hyaluronic acid can help stimulate collagen production, keeping skin firm. It can be absorbed via capsule or extracts.
Cream for stretch marks
One option you can consider to treat stretch marks is Pervil Magic Cream. Ideal for hands, elbows, knees, groin, and other dark areas of the body, Pervil Magic Cream is a multifunction cream formulated to help minimize the visible signs of rough, dry, sun-damaged and freckled skin with regular use. Repeated use will leave the skin smoothly textured and looking healthier with the appearance of reduced fine lines. The cream may also be used for stretch marks after pregnancy.
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