Stretch Marks and Weight Loss

One of the minor drawbacks to sudden weight loss is that it can sometimes result in unsightly stretch marks. However, this one minor drawback should not prevent anyone who needs to lose weight – and study show that this is most Americans – from doing so. There are many undeniable benefits to losing weight.  Doing so has been proven to reduce high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, to decrease back pain and cancer risk as well as many other health benefits. In order to make the chore of losing weight the proud occasion that it should be here are some facts about and ways to deal with stretch marks that can form on your new body.

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are narrows lines that develop as a result of the skin being distended by obesity or during pregnancy.  These unsightly marks usually appear on the abdomen, sides and lower backs, and thighs and often differ in hue from the rest of the skin on your body making them visible to others depending on where the scars are.  Although studies show that 75 to 90 percent of pregnant women develop stretch marks, men can also have stretch marks that are the result of weight gain.  (The skin stretches to accommodate the extra weight in this case.)  Finally, weight loss alone does not necessarily rid people of stretch marks.

Treatment to Reduce Stretch Marks

If you have lost weight recently as the result of a diet or delivery of a child, there are many ways to reduce the prevalence and appearance of stretch marks.  Those these methods vary in effectiveness, people who wish to fight back against this unsightly condition should explore all options.

Stretch mark cream:  Stretch mark creams are formulated to increase elasticity and moisture of skin.  The best kinds work on both old and new stretch marks but are more effective on the later.  Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream contains peptides which work by tricking your skin into believing that it has lost collagen thereby forcing it to make more.  Collagen is the structural protein which makes up 75% of the skin.  Our cream for stretch marks uses patented SmartPeptide biotechnology.

  • Water:  Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water – which many people fail to do – moisturizes the skin, increases its elasticity and reduces that sharpness of stretch marks.
  • Diet:  Foods rich in protein, vitamins C and E and zinc can help to stimulate your skin’s collagen production.
  • Microdermabrasion:  One of the most drastic ways of treating stretch marks includes Microdermabrasion which involves a doctor blowing fine crystals onto the skin and “polishing” it while a vacuum tube removes both the crystals and skin cells.  As the top layer of skin is removed by this procedure, new skin growth is stimulated.

Other treatments for stretch marks include laser therapies, avoiding yo-yo dieting and gaining weight more gradually during pregnancy.  Whichever method you decide to use, remember that the benefits of losing weight surpasses any of the challenges left by the problem of stretch mark removal.

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