Stretch marks: prevention is the key

Stretch marks can be an unsightly and unwanted problem.

When the skin is stretched beyond its normal tightness, the tissue fibres break down and stretch marks can then be seen in the top layers of skin.

Two of the most common scenarios for stretch marks to arise are during pregnancy and in a period of rapid weight gain.

What many people do not understand is that stretch marks are actually a type of scarring. When the skin is overstretched, the collagen production process is disrupted and scars form.

When stretch marks first show up they do so as a raw red or purple colour, but over time they fade to a silvery colour.

The main ways to combat stretch marks are preventative. Unfortunately it is very difficult to get rid of stretch marks once they occur.

In order to prevent stretch marks you should:

– eat healthy food and in the right portions, in order to avoid rapidly gaining weight
– consume nutritious food in order to maintain healthy skin
– wear a maternity bra when pregnant

You could also look into special moisturising creams for treatment or prevention of stretch marks.

The best way to find out about these lotions is by asking at your local chemist.

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