If you find yourself wondering how to cope stretch marks, then sadly, you should know they’re there to stay.
There’s been little to none scientific evidence that proves there’s a cure to these purplish slivers on the skin, however, there are ways to treat stretch marks to lessen their appearance.
There’s not a lot of people who feel comfortable with their stretch marks being visible, so finding ways to mask their appearance sounds like a great option.
Stretch marks are completely normal and very common for people to develop, but if you are having a hard time with them, here is how to cope with your stretch marks.
How stretch marks develop
Going back to what I said earlier, developing stretch marks is completely normal and common for both men and women to experience. There is no one exact reason as to how these marks develop. Instead, there are several reasons that include
- Rapid weight-gain
- Medical conditions
- Products used that thin out the skin
But, what exactly are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are slivers of skin that stretch out more than normal and develop a light pink or purpleish tint. Sometimes they can itch, but for most people, it is an appearance issue that can cause anxiety.
Anyone can develop stretch marks when the skin is stretched more than normal in a short period of time, but stretch marks mostly occur on the stomach, thighs, arms, hips, butt, and breasts. And sadly, there is no cure to get rid of them.
Masking the marks
Even though there is no cure to get rid of stretch marks, there are ways to tackle and hide them, even prevent them!
The best way to cope with stretch marks and to reduce their appearance is to use creams or lotions with certain ingredients.
Even rubbing lemons on your stretch marks for 15 minutes can reduce the appearance!
Finding lotions and creams with aloe vera or cocoa butter are going to be your best bets at reducing stretch mark appearance. If you are pregnant, the best way to prevent the start of stretch marks is to use cocoa butter lotion on areas such as stomach, thighs, and hips.
For individuals who already developed stretch marks, using aloe vera or cocoa butter before going to bed will work to reduce the color. Rubbing on the lotion at night and letting it soak while you sleep is going to be very helpful and effective for working as it should.
You can also find home remedies online that give you a list of ingredients and instructions on how to use the mixture for stretch marks.
If you are looking for a surgery or doctor-approved method, laser treatment can be an option.
The laser treatment will still not fully remove stretch marks, but it will encourage new growth of skin over the infected areas which will work to reduce the appearance.
If this is the route you decide to go, it is important to keep in mind the cost and to note that the procedure will also not fully remove stretch marks.
While there is nothing you can do to fully remove them, choosing a method to reduce the appearance will help bring your confidence back!