Obese or overweight people do a lot of things just to get the ideal body that they want. Doing exercises and slimming diets for months or even years can definitely solve this kind of problem however, it doesn’t stop there. After the long battle against fat, they can be facing a new kind challenge – and that is the challenge of stretch marks.
What are stretch marks? Stretch marks or medically termed as striae are scarring on the skin caused by the tearing of the dermis associated with rapid stretching due to weight gain or muscle building. These marks however, become more visible after rapid loss of weight especially when the skin starts to sag. This is also a common problem for pregnant women as pregnancy also causes stretch marks known as striae gravidarum.
So now we ask; how can we start removing these unwanted marks? Some dermatologists say that they will lighten over time however, they do not completely disappear. This awful truth is what we need to face however; there are really some ways of lightening or removing them.
Stretch marks are usually located on the abdomen, buttocks, hips, arms and the breast. In order to remove if not, lessen these purplish streaks; there are a number of ways in doing it.
- Surgical Methods. In recent times, dermatologists have already succeeded in removing these marks with the use of chemical peel, Dermabrasion or other advanced laser therapy.
- Topical Medication. Topical medications such as lotions and crèmes are now created to remove these unlikely marks. There some topical agents that can be bought over the counter, but it is always wise to consult your doctor before applying them.
- Diet. Water therapy is proven to help nourish the skin. It hydrates the skin thus giving it a smooth and soft texture lowering the chances of stretch marks. Caffeinated drinks such as tea and cola should be avoided since it dehydrates the skin. Foods rich in zinc, protein and vitamin A, C and D can help prevent stretching of the skin.
These are only some of the ways to remove stretch marks. Just remember that the effects of these remedies vary from person to person since each has a different skin type, diet and heredity. The most that you could do is to give your skin the proper care it deserves. It will surely prevent if not avoid further formation of stretch marks.