The vast majority of people have strong genes that cause their skin to try really hard to heal itself. When this doesn’t work, we get stretch marks.
Stretch marks occur when there is an imbalance in the amount of collagen and elastin present in the dermis (the top layer) of your skin.
Collagen helps keep our skin tight and elastic, while elastin gives us tone and shape. As your body produces less of these two proteins, you can see it starting to break down and become more visible.
It’s totally normal to get some from time to time, but when they happen frequently or look weird, it can be frustrating! Luckily, most people are able to enjoy a natural decrease in the appearance of texture and coloration of their scars as their skin re-grows.
There are several treatments for stubborn dark or thickened stretch mark dermatitis, but none will completely eradicate them. Fortunately, you don’t need any special products to help make this happen. You may already have some lying around your home you can use!
This article will go over eight easy ways to care for your stretch marks that contain no chemicals or irritants. Try one out at a time to see how they work for you and give your skin a chance to renew itself.
8 Ways To Care For Your Stretch Mark That Don’t Use Chemicals
The cause of stretch marks
As we age, our bodies go through some changes. One of these is thinning of the skin. This occurs due to two factors: genetics and hormones.
Genetics can play a big part in your skin’s thickness. If you have family members that are very thin, there could be genetic reasons for this.
Hormonal shifts also contribute to thinner skin. During pregnancy, women’s hormonal levels rise, which creates thicker skin. After giving birth, menopausal symptoms can occur, which reduce blood flow, causing fat to shift towards internal areas like the body.
When weight is lost from loss of appetite or dieting, the cells don’t receive as much nourishment, and they begin to shrink. This causes the skin to lose elasticity and become more laxed, making it easier to notice white lines under the surface. These are usually referred to as “stretch” marks.
While most people worry about how their hair will look after dyeing it, less attention is given to the skin. Luckily though, there are some products out there that claim to treat dry, flaky, wrinkled, Itchy, pale skin.
Some believe that these claims work because of the way vitamin A oils help strengthen cell walls. This would include using Vitamin A infused oil as a body moisturizer.
The effects of stretch marks
While most people agree that diet is a factor in preventing new skin cells from rising to the surface, there are few definitive studies proving this. Therefore, while some diets may help you see changes in your skin, what kind of nutrition you should be eating comes down to your personal preferences.
Stress can also have an effect on the way your body responds to pregnancy. In fact, one study found that women who were pregnant had higher levels of cortisol — a stress hormone — after reading about or talking about difficult life events than they did when their babies were not yet conceived.
Drinking alcohol can make it more difficult to achieve good blood circulation, which helps prevent dry, flaky skin. Although drinking during early pregnancy is usually safe, excessive drinking can cause miscarriage so it’s best to avoid doing either of these if you’re trying to conceive.
Ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks
As your body goes through changes, it can also experience dry skin or overproduction of collagen and/or elastin. When this happens, there are sometimes visible lines or wrinkles that resemble those caused by pregnancy.
This is because when fat cells under your skin die off, they’re often left as lumps beneath the surface. These lumps will eventually break down and fade away, but only if you do something about preventing new ones from forming in the first place.
That’s why it’s so important to use correct sun protection measures and dress in clothing made of sunscreen-proof fabrics like cotton. In fact, research shows that people who spend time in the sun suffer more pronounced sunburns than individuals who don’t overexpose themselves to sunlight.
So not only does unprotected exposure cause your skin to burn, it may also contribute to the development of ugly tanlines and even wrinkles.
Patches and pills
The most common way to treat skin damage is to use a product called as a patch or pill. A topical treatment uses of the affected area of your body that has severe dryness or excessive oil production. These treatments are usually applied directly onto the skin and often times you can feel it working when you apply it!
These products contain moisture, so they help keep the skin hydrated and sometimes even promote new skin cell growth. Many people have success using these products to see changes in their skin texture and coloration.
However, not everyone experiences this same level of results which may be due to genetics, diet, exercise habits, and/or personal preferences.