When you think that about 90% of women have stretch marks, then you should not be so worried about them. The problem is that, even though most women have them, they are highly unaesthetic, preventing women to enjoy the life that they would like.
What are stretch marks?
Firstly, let us set the matter straight and find out what exactly stretch marks are. Stretch marks occur when skin stretching happens suddenly, causing the skin tissues to break, and this creates the marks. Skin stretches suddenly mostly due to changes on body size which happen over a short period of time. It could be pregnancy, puberty or rapid weight gain. The problem seems to be genetic and mostly appears in areas like hips, thighs and on the abdomen. Women are unlucky from this point of view because their skin tissue has a different structure than men’s, so they are cursed to worry about stretch marks.
Methods to deal with them
Consistent research is being done in the field, but the results are not so encouraging. Just like cellulite, skin stretch marks do not go away just like that. You need to brace yourself with patience and perseverance in order to at least diminish their appearance and prevent their presence in your body.
Start by moisturizing daily with herbal based creams and lotions. This type of moisturizer leads to giving the skin more elasticity, and it can be used both on existing stretch marks and on areas you worry they might appear. Look for ingredients like germ oil, aloe Vera and olive oil in order to get a more efficient moisturizer.
Using retinoid creams has also been proven to be quite useful. Given that the main active ingredient boosts collagen production, stretches and tear are avoided. There is a catch, though; you cannot use them if you are pregnant or nursing since it may lead to child dimorphism. Also, stay away from sun exposure when using retinoid, since they are known to make the skin burn under the rays of the sun.
Pregnant women can use glycolic acid based creams. Look for those with a high level of this acid, since this is the main ingredient that increases collagen production and makes the skin more elastic.
Here are but a couple of methods to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but try consulting a dermatologist if you are on the look for more fast-acting methods of getting rid of stretch marks.