Some people call them stretch marks; others call them their tiger stripes. Whether they are on your thighs or your stomach, whether you got them through pregnancy, a growth spurt or rapid weight loss, everyone has experienced stretch marks.
Much like scars, stretch marks are naturally occurring and, therefore, cannot be entirely prevented. However, their appearance can be minimized. Depending on your relationship with your stretch marks you may not want to alter their appearance at all, but if you think you would feel better about yourself if your stripes were less tiger and more tabby cat, there are ways you can do that.
Natural remedies are the simplest and least expensive way of fading stretch marks; however, they are definitely more of a preventative than a cure. Simple things like staying hydrated and keeping your skin moisturized. Preventing your skin from becoming too dry means you will be less susceptible to getting stretch marks. Plant-based moisturizers such as coconut and almond oil are cheap and often easy to find in your local grocery store, they also tend to be found on the ingredients list of more expensive pharmaceutical stretch mark cures. Alongside keeping hydrated, you can also assist your body in its natural collagen production by eating foods high in zinc. Foods such as Turkey, fish, brazil nuts and tempeh will help give your body the zinc it needs to help repair skin wounds such as stretch marks.
Pharmaceutical stretch mark products are available at all good drug stores and should contain ingredients such as cocoa or shea butter and vitamin E. There are few pharmaceutical products on the market so well known for helping fade stretch marks than Bio-Oil. If you don’t already have some floating around in your home, online pharmacy www.pharmacyonline.com.au provides a free tester of the product alongside the whole Bio-Oil range.
If you are having no luck with natural or pharmaceutical remedies, then you can go down the dermatological route. When stretch marks are new, they are red and tend to react better to remedies such as oils and creams, but when the stretch marks are older, they are whiter in color, and therefore tougher to reduce the appearance of. This is where you can ask your dermatologist for advice and looking into more extreme measures such as laser removal. Treatments such as laser removal and micro-needling are a little bit more pricey and can be more painful but they both work under the same premise and can have lasting effects. Both treatments effectively trick your cells into thinking that they are injured so your body’s healing process will kick in. This healing process includes the creation of new collagen which improves the look of stretch marks.
Roughly 80 percent of Americans have stretch marks and though you may think they are unsightly; they tell a story of a time in your life where you were growing and they show how adaptable and incredible our bodies can be. So, should we really be hiding our tiger stripes?