How to reduce stretch marks
Both men and women can get stretch marks, although women are perhaps more susceptible. They can appear on many areas of the body including the thighs, arms, buttocks, legs and stomach.
There are many causes of stretch marks. A few are detailed below:
- Puberty – rapid growth during puberty can result in stretch marks on the legs and torso as the skin fails to keep up
- Steroids – steroid use can lead to stretch marks
- Bodybuilding – rapid muscle building can stretch the skin beyond its capacity and lead to marks on the arms and legs
- Skin type – those with fair skin are more likely to suffer from stretch marks than those with darker skin types
- Genetics – women are more likely to suffer stretch marks if their mother did
- Weight gain or loss – periods of rapid weight gain or loss can have an impact on skin elasticity, causing stretch marks
Knowing how to reduce stretch marks
If you suffer from this skin condition, you may be wondering how to reduce stretch marks. There are several ways you might minimise them, including a range of natural remedies (aloe vera, cocoa butter, Vitamin E) and topical creams and moisturisers.
If your stretch marks don’t budge, you may want to consider laser removal treatment. This easy and non-invasive option uses laser light beams to stimulate the production of new collagen and break down stretch marks, leaving the skin smoother and less discoloured. You can get on with shopping for bikinis for that beach holiday!
Most people need as few as 3-5 sessions to see real results, and you’ll need no recovery or downtime period after each session. Your skin may be a little red, but this will fade within a few hours.