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Stretch Marks

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TSGB, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. TSGB

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    Well, when I used to work out, I ended up with a couple of these on the front of my shoulder where it joins the chest, and I have some on my hips and knees from growth spurts growing up. I've been working out less than a month, and I'm already starting to develop some on the inside of my right bicep, just above the elbow. What can I do the get rid of and prevent stretch marks?
     
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    get some of that cream that pregnant women use on their bellies.....:haha:
     
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    What is it?


    Oh, and Stave, please, no Vaseline. :haha:
     
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    Don't have any more babies.
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    You goofy kid: read this.

    Unfortunately, skin will not bounce back in its pure state if it's been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. Instead, it becomes decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks, or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color, then become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white.

    Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain it shape. However, when constantly stretched, the dermis can break leaving behind stretch marks.

    Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms or lower back.

    How Can I Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?

    There are several treatment options for stretch marks. If you are serious about dealing with unwanted stretch marks, it's best to be in the care of a surgeon or dermatologist who can recommend your best options. He or she will take a detailed medical history, including medications you are taking. Some medications can cause stretch marks, and it is very important to be open and honest with your doctor. Those medications include hormones and steroids.

    Surgical Methods

    Dermabrasion or chemical peel can be used to address unwanted stretch marks, and there are new advances in laser surgeries. The degree of success with any treatment will be impacted by your age, your skin tone and even your diet. It's important to note that insurance coverage probably will not cover stretch mark removal because it is a cosmetic procedure (even if the stretch marks are particularly severe).

    Lotions and Creams

    There are plenty over-the-counter treatments for stretch marks. If you are a woman who is pregnant and you are concerned with stretch marks, let your physician know before you want to begin preventative treatment before your stomach starts growing. Often, your physician can recommend creams.

    Diet and Exercise

    Make sure you are maintaining healthy skin! Mama always told you to drink plenty of water. Maybe she knew this: it helps prevent stretch marks, too! Proper water intake keeps your skin soft and less likely to develop stretch marks. Caffeine can increase your risk of stretch marks. If you're stuck on your caffeinated coffee or tea, make sure you balance the fluids. Drink just as much - or more - water as you drink coffee, tea or soda.

    Remember, stretch marks can also result from nutritional deficiency. Be sure to consume foods that promote skin health:

    * Zinc-rich foods such as nuts or fish
    * Foods high in vitamins A, C, D, such as carrots, citrus fruits and milk.
    * Protein-rich foods (such as eggs).
     
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    I know a girl with stretch marks on her lips.....
     
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