Striae, more commony known as stretch marks, have long been the bane of women and some men. While there are usually no health hazard or diseases associated with them, their appearance can be quite alarming. If you want to find out how to remove stretch marks, read on.
There are a number of factors that predispose you to become more prone to stretch marks. For one, women are more prone to stretch marks than men. Skin specialists are theorizing that it’s because the skin of men are more strongly synthesized than that of women. Therefore, men’s skin matrix is better able to hold tension despite stress and pressure sustained by the skin.
In general, stretch marks are tears and breaks in the skin matrix that occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin. While gender and genes may be a factor that determines your tendency to develop stretch marks, so too do the factors below.
- Elevated cortisol levels.
Cortisol is naturally present in the body and is responsible for regulating several vital bodily functions that include aiding the body cope with stressful events and in protecting the body from damage and sickness.
Cortisol imbalance leads to weakened tissue firmness and strength, including the weakening of skin synthesis, which eventually leads to the appearance of stretch marks. When diagnosed, treatment often includes synthetic cortisol medications and injections, which further weakens the skin matrix.
With hormones running haywire, rapid weight gain and stress, stretch marks are to be expected when you’re expecting. A little help from creams should be fine as long as these are safe for you and, if your pregnant, for your baby too.
- Changing hormonal levels.
That already includes pregnancy but also puberty. Changing hormone levels, again causes the body to experience stress, and releases more cortisol in the process, thereby making skin more prone to breakage and stretch marks.
- Rapid weight gain and weight loss.
The physical elasticity of the skin is affected in either situations. The skin is unable to cope with the fast change in body weight, causing skin to break.
- Cosmetic surgery.
Breast or buttocks enlargement, for instance, dramatically adds weight and dimensions to your assets, and can very well stress and stretch your skin that it is unable to cope with the instant change in weight and diameter. The result is stretch marks.
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids.
Topical corticosteroid treatments used for eczema, rashes and other skin conditions can cause skin to thin out and collagen to weaken. As this happens, skin synthesis is weakened, causing the appearance of stretch marks.
Treating stretch marks
Unfortunately, we cannot tell you how to remove stretch marks because there is no absolute way by which to rid of them completely. Although, some treatments are proving to cause their appearance to significantly improve and fade. Listed below are three ways by which to remove stretch marks:
They’re not only good for your wrinkles and dark spots, they also work well with your stretch marks. By bringing back the healthy levels of collagen in your body, retinoids strengthen your skin and makes it more capable of coping damages of wear and tear, particularly caused by skin weakening and rapid physical changes in body weight and size.
- Fractionated microneedle radiofrequency.
This clinical, minimally invasive procedure involves the use of tiny needles and RF technology to stimulate collagen production and skin synthesis. The result is skin cell turnover which noticeably improves the appearance of stretch marks after several treatments.
- Fractional laser light treatment.
This procedure works fairly well for both new and old stretch marks. The heat from the laser is absorbed on skin spots where stretch marks occur. Where they do get absorbed, collagen production is stimulated.
If stretch marks don’t bother you then, you won’t have to worry about getting treatment.
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