Almost every man and woman alive today has stretch marks. Might be hard to believe, but it is true. Over 87% of adults around the world have stretch marks to some degree.
Stretch marks on women are much more common than men for obvious reasons. Women have children, causing rapid changes to their body, which is the cause of stretch marks.
What are other ways people get stretch marks?
Pregnancy is the number one reason for stretch marks. But there are many other reasons for stretch marks to occur, on both women and men. These include:
- Rapid weight gain / weight loss
- Illness / Disease
Read more about causes and prevention of stretch marks.
Can I prevent stretch marks?
To a degree, yes. Since stretch marks are caused by the body growing faster than the skin can adapt to the changes, there are a number of topical creams and lotions as well as home made remedies that can reduce the onset of stretch marks. Preventing stretch marks depends on each person and each situation. Some people are more prone to stretch marks, and sometimes weight or size gain (such as from pregnancy) is so rapid that it is impossible for even a good topical cream to totally prevent stretch marks. Stretch marks from rapid size changes during puberty can rarely be prevented since the person would usually not be aware of the possibility of minimizing the stretch marks nor would they realize how quickly they were going to grow. Puberty is the primary cause of stretch marks on men, the next being rapid weight gain.
Home remedies such as Aloe Vera have been shown to help dramatically in the prevention of stretch marks, though commercially made creams such as Trilastin can often provide a better remedy since they are formulated with several ingredients that can work together in solving these problems. Since prevention is something that is hard to document, there is a lot of controversy as to how much a prevention method helps.
Whether the jury is still out on stretch mark prevention doesn’t really matter. For very little money, it is simple to apply a safe topical cream to the affected areas (like the belly and thighs on pregnant women). An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as the old saying goes.
Can I remove Stretch Marks?
In this article, I am not going to get into details, but stretch marks can be removed or at least very noticeably diminished.
There are a number of ways stretch marks can be removed, and each one has it’s benefits and drawbacks. It’s a shame that there isn’t one foolproof way that would work perfectly for everyone, but there isn’t.
Laser removal is the quickest and most efficient way of removing stretch marks. The drawbacks are cost and skin sensitivity. Laser removal can cost several hundred dollars per session, and you can possibly require 8 to 10 sessions. This depends on your skin as well as the depth and size of stretch marks. Laser removal also makes the skin slightly pink and sensitive for a time after each removal session.
Topical creams like Trilastin have been documented to work well on a lot of people. And yet there are others that say there has been little change after using products like this. Some companies like Trilastin post clinical data which looks very promising, but it doesn’t seem to be a cure for everyone. If you want to try this route, I’d suggest finding a product with a good guarantee and using it as long as you can before the guarantee is up to see if it works for you. If it does, that is great, carry on. If it doesn’t, return it and move on to your next option.
Maybe you are ok with your stretch marks. But I am guessing if you have read this far, you are probably not ok with them. In future articles, I’ll talk more in depth about different procedures available, but until then rest assured that there are ways of removing and even preventing stretch marks. If you find something that works for you, please leave a comment here or drop me an email, I’d love to hear what others have to say and perhaps I can write an article on your experiences.
Thanks for reading and check back soon for the next installment.