Stretch Marks. These two perfectly innocent little words when said together can strike fear into the hearts of every expectant mother. We slather ourselves with every moisturizer and miracle cream we can find to prevent stretch marks from occurring, yet our babies grow and therefore our bellies grow. If the dermis is stretched too rapidly and our hormones are all in a rage, stretch marks can occur regardless of how many precautions we take to prevent them.
Stretch marks can occur in anyone and are commonly associated with the rapid growth spurts of puberty, bodybuilding or weight gain. However, up to 90% of expectant women will battle the issue of stretch marks which is why they are most often associated with pregnancy. Stretch marks typically occur in the abdomen, breasts, thighs and hips but can be found anywhere on the body. And while there is no specific health risk from stretch marks, the psychological damage they may inflict can be devastating.
The stretch mark may first appear as a purplish line and is often slightly “sunken” into the surrounding area of the skin. They are usually soft to the touch however they can form harsh jagged bruise-like marks on the affected areas. Generally, these red or purple lines will fade and become less noticeable, however once a stretch mark has formed, there is no way to fully remove it.
The good news is, there are stretch mark treatments
that can assist in fading stretch marks or preventing them altogether. Studies have shown that products containing vitamin E, collagen-elastin hydrolysates, panthenol, hyaluronic acid and menthol have been associated with a reduction in the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy. Once stretch marks have formed, there are various laser treatments and prescription medications to consider to help reduce their appearance. If you choose to go a more natural route or if cost is a factor in your treatment options, consider stretch mark treatments
like Dermafine-MD to help reduce the discoloration of affected skin and improve skins elasticity and overall tone.
Stretch marks can be an ugly nuisance, however there are treatment options available to keep your skin looking it’s best. Whether you choose laser therapies or simple over the counter creams, there is a solution that is right for you.Julie Riggs MED RD LD
Registered and Licensed Dietician
Julie Riggs has been teaching fitness and nutrition skills to every population, from NFL players to the elderly, pre and post-natal moms to professional bodybuilders for her entire career. As a writer and consultant for www.i-supplements.com and as a registered dietician, personal trainer, and mom of three Julie brings real life perspective to the every day person's fitness and nutritional concerns.