Stretch Marks-Causes and Treatment
Stretch marks are a form of skin scarring caused by tearing of the Dermis. They appear as off-color hue. They are caused by rapid stretching of the skin caused by many factors like puberty, pregnancy, weight loss, body building, and hormone replacement therapy among others.
What causes stretch marks?
- Genetic: The stretch marks may appear because of the genes you inherited from your parents. If your mother has marks on her body, then you have a higher tendency of having them during puberty and pregnancy.
- Diet: Taking unbalanced diet can also cause stretch marks. An unbalanced diet deprives the skin of required minerals and vitamins that are needed to produce strong cells.
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy you tend to gain weight which causes stretch marks. Unexpected weight gain or loss causes the skin to stretch or loosen. Absence of elasticity makes the skin more prone to tear and wear which causes stretch marks.
- Dehydration: when the skin is dehydrated, it loses its ability to recover, regenerate cells. In such condition, any stretching of the skin can give you stretch marks.
- Lack of vitamins in the diet: Absence of vitamins like E, C and A in the diet can also cause stretch marks. These vitamins are needed to keep the skin moisturized.
Stretch marks and medical needling
Stretch marks can be effectively removed by Skin needling. This treatment renews epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. In this procedure, tiny punctures are made at the surface of the skin using a roller with needles. This activates the body’s natural abilities to create collagen and melanin.
After the treatment, your skin will look red for a week. This redness will subsidize on its own. You will observe changes in your skin in just one session, but stretch marks with deeper scars may require a number of sessions to show positive results. The results vary as per the patient’s age and severity of the damage.
Look for a reputable and qualified skin care specialist to treat your stretch marks. Stretch marks can also be treated by applying skin creams and by other procedures like medical peeling, laser and Microdermabrasion. A skin care specialist is the right person to suggest you with the right treatment.