Stretch marks are small fissures in the skin that resemble soft scars. They are caused by distension of the skin, often associated with rapid growth or weight changes. Stretch marks can be light pink or purple when they are initially formed; however, they become white over time.
What causes stretch marks?
Hormones play an important part in the development of stretch marks. The secretion of corticosteroids diminishes the production of collagen, which in turn reduces the skin’s suppleness and increases the likelihood that the skin becoming fragile. When the skin stretches too quickly, it “breaks” and causes stretch marks. Teenagers and pregnant women are particularly affected by stretch marks due to hormonal fluctuations. Between 75% and 90% of pregnant women develop stretch marks.
Rapid weight gain also causes the appearance of stretch marks, because the skin rapidly distends in a short amount of time. Substantial weight loss can also cause stretch marks.
Genetics also dictate whether someone will develop stretch marks or not. The thicker the skin, the more fibers it contains and the less likely stretch marks will appear. Skin color has no impact on stretch marks. Women are more likely to develop stretch marks as their skin is more fragile.
How can I prevent stretch marks?
During adolescence, menopause and pregnancy, substantial weight gain or loss can occur. To prevent the appearance of stretch marks, hydration is key. By regularly hydrating the skin, you will soften the epidermis and reduce the risk of the skin “breaking.”
Emu oil helps to diminish the appearance of stretch marks
Due to its exceptional moisturizing properties, emu oil is an excellent product to prevent stretch marks. Although it is impossible to get rid of 100% of white streaks, emu oil, when applied regularly, can definitely diminish their appearance—much in the same way as scars.
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