Stretch Marks
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Uncategorized Date Posted: May 14th, 2012 Comments: 10

Stretch marks are quite frustrating. They can appear anywhere on your body and unfortunately, cannot always be covered up with clothes and most creams and topical treatments do not fulfill what they promise. So what are these little road maps that are on many of our bodies and what can be done about them?

Stretch marks, also known as striae, are most commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, breasts, and abdomen and are normally pink, reddish, purple, or white in color. Though stretch marks are normally thought to appear on pregnant women (when their tummies grow larger, stretching their skin in addition to their hormones changing), anyone can get stretch marks and many factors can depend on this.  They are caused by a literal stretching of the skin combined with an increase in cortisone, which is a hormone formed by the adrenal glands. According to the Mayo Clinic, “cortisone may weaken elastic fibers in the skin,” hence causing stretch marks to appear.

Besides pregnancy, others that have stretch marks may have developed them from these conditions:

Weight Gain: Anyone who has lost a dramatic amount of weight will undoubtedly develop stretch marks. The skin is stretched when one is at a larger weight and then shrinks when the weight is lost. Teenagers are also prone to develop stretch marks due to their body compositions changing and with the imbalance of hormones. Anyone who lifts weights consistently will more than likely develop stretch marks on their arms, shoulders, and possibly on their backs from their muscles growing, thus stretching out the skin.

Certain Medicines: The repeated use of oral or systematic steroids can cause stretch marks when the body’s muscles become larger at a very rapid rate. Corticosteroid creams and certain lotions and pills can cause stretch marks. Read warning labels carefully before using certain medicines and receive doctor’s approval first.

Illness: Cushing’s Syndrome and certain adrenal gland diseases can also cause stretch marks of significant proportion. Other diseases can also cause stretch marks so consult a doctor if you developing stretch marks quite quickly and for no apparent reason.

How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Unfortunately, stretch marks are one of those things that you can never fully get rid of. The sooner you try to treat the stretch marks, the greater your chances for stopping them from getting worse.

Moisturize: Applying cocoa butter or shea butter to the area will help. Either of these two products will seep deep into the skin, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.

Glycolic Acid: Your dermatologist could administer glycolic acid to your skin and minimize stretch marks in just 3-4 treatments. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that boosts collagen production aiding in keeping skin looking youthful and unstretched.

Vitamin C: Taking Vitamin C supplements can help stop stretch marks. Vitamin C aids in collagen production and can stop stretch marks quite quickly and before they expand and advance. 500 milligrams a day should suffice but check with your doctor first.

Laser Treatments: Your dermatologist could use laser treatments to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Though the mark will not fully disappear, the redness could be diminished.

Though stretch marks can be frustrating and cosmetically unappealing, they are harmless. Certain treatments can reduce the appearance of stretch marks but nothing can fully rid your skin of them. Some options include certain laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and tretinoin cream (which also helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots/scarring). Remember, every mark on your skin is beautiful and makes you, YOU. Do not obsess over imperfections…rather embrace them and enjoy every moment of LIFE!


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  • Faty - May 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    But if in case I had them. How can I remove them?

  • Kristelle - May 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Try using bio oil it works wonders on stretch marks and scars. I live by it!

  • katt - May 22, 2012 at 4:34 am - Reply

    i love bio oil it works great for me!

  • Steph - May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I used bio oil because I got stretch marks when i grew boobs when i was in my teens and i just feel like an oily greasy mess and dont want to ruin clothes and cant go out after I use it… there has got to be other ways to lighten them?

  • Karizza - June 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Do pregnant women always get stretch marks after giving birth?

  • Sadie - June 2, 2012 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Where can i purchase the bio oil , and how is the outcome of the stretch marks?

  • April - September 4, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Where can I buy bio oil? I’m from the Philippines..

  • Nkechi - November 7, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Pls wat r d ways 2 reduce oil 4 oily skin?

  • kassandra - December 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    can you tell me what cream i can buy to remove tht?

  • Sue - December 15, 2012 at 3:55 am - Reply

    You can get Bio Oil from any of your local drugstores/pharmacies. Heard a lot about it but was contemplating on getting that or cocoa butter.

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