The skin is the body’s biggest organ. It is an extremely complex part of the body, which is why the skin can develop many different conditions and require extra care. One of those conditions is stretch marks. It is extremely common, and it is estimated that up to 90 percent of people have them. We will give you insight into what stretch marks are, what they are caused by, and how to treat them.
Stretch marks can be characterized as scarring with coloration different from that of your regular skin tone. They can appear in places such as the stomach, arms, legs, and buttocks. The appearance of stretch marks can vary from person to person, with some ranging from red to dark brown. They can also appear itchy and raised when still developing, but they can also feel like ridges when you run your fingers over them.
There can be multiple reasons as to why stretch marks appear. The most common reasons are pregnancy, fast weight loss or weight gain, and puberty. Any time the skin rapidly expands or shrinks, there is a chance that stretch marks will develop. How your stretch marks will look depends on factors such as your skin’s preexisting elasticity and your regular skin tone.
Stretch marks can be treated with a good skincare routine and patience. A good cleansing and exfoliating combo will help prep the skin to receive moisture, as well as help slough off dead skin cells to allow the skin to even out quicker. A quality moisturizer will help even out the skin tone and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, as well as help nourish the skin and help improve its elasticity.
Stretch marks can be a nuisance to some, with many going to great lengths to try and remove them. Though stretch marks cannot be removed completely, they can be drastically reduced in appearance with enough time and quality skincare products. Consistency in your skincare routine will result in smooth skin and a reduced appearance of stretch marks.