Stretch marks are small lines in the skin that appear as the skin expands due to rapid growth or weight gain (like during puberty). Skin is normally quite stretchy, but when it is stretched too far, the regular creation of collagen (the key protein that makes up skin tissue) is interrupted. As a result, stretch marks may appear on the skin.
Stretch marks may appear at first as reddish or purplish lines that are depressed and have a different feel than the surrounding skin. Stretch marks usually fade over time, becoming lighter and practically invisible.
Who Gets Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a common side effect of puberty for the majority of people. Stretch marks are common in obese people. Bodybuilders may get stretch marks as a result of the rapid changes in their bodies that occur with the sport. Stretch marks can develop in people who use steroid-containing skin lotions or ointments (such as hydrocortisone) for more than a few weeks. People who must take high dosages of oral corticosteroids for months or longer may also be affected.
How Can I Get My Stretch Marks to Go Away?
A dermatologist or plastic surgeon are doctors who can help treat stretch marks. They specialize in caring for the skin. To reduce the appearance of stretch marks, they might use prescription creams, Microdermabrasion, and laser treatment. But doctors don’t usually recommend these teens because they’re still growing. So new stretch marks might appear and existing ones will probably fade a bit over time. Also, these treatments can be expensive and usually are not covered by insurance.
How Can I Make Stretch Marks Less Noticeable?
Here are some things to consider if you want to make stretch marks less noticeable:
- Some people find that sunless self-tanners can help cover up stretch marks. This isn’t true with regular tanning or tanning beds, though: Stretch marks are less likely to tan so may end up looking more obvious. Plus, the sun and tanning beds do more harm than good when it comes to the long-term health of your skin.
- Try using body makeup matched to your skin tone to cover stretch marks.
- Wear board shorts or rash guards. Bathing suits with more coverage work well for hiding stretch marks on the buttocks, upper thighs, and chest.
Many creams and other skin products claim to get rid of stretch marks, but the truth is that most don’t work and are costly. Usually, the best thing to do is be patient, because stretch marks often fade with time. If they still bother you when you’re an adult, you can contact.
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