You know that unsightly scarring where the skin stretched during puberty, pregnancy, that time you ate too much over the holidays and gained weight. Even bodybuilders get stretch marks from when their muscles get too big too fast. If you’ve just developed your first stretch marks you’ll probably be unnerved at the reddish purple inflamed look to them, but don’t worry stretch marks will fade over time to a color a few shades lighter than the rest of your skin aiding in their removal.
After childbirth or losing weight your skin will contract to its original size and thus become much less apparent. It will still have a loose feel to it or you may notice that the stretch marks are set lower than the skin around it, giving the area an uneven feel when you run your fingers over it. That’s because the stretch marks are made on the dermis layer of the three layers of skin and as the dermis is continually stretched over time it begins to lose its elasticity and the small collagen fibers within break, creating stretch marks.
Despite their sometimes jagged and grisly appearance there is usually no health risk and it doesn’t impede your ability to function at all. Occasionally the thin skin may tear easily in an accident.
The best way to treat the removal of stretch marks is to catch them at their earliest appearance when they are still reddish in color. Dermatologists have tried using a variety of treatments on the marks, but once they fade they are much more difficult to treat. You can try massaging the marks with Olive oils, Coconut butter or Vitamin E or Vitamin A. Aloe Vera Gel on the skin can help soothe irritation of the recently stretched skin. Exercising regularly is a good way to keep your skin and muscles firm thus preventing stretch marks, and eating foods rich in protein, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C will help promote healthy skin.