Stretch marks are a sign of sudden growth and change in weight. For some of us, these scars are unsightly, so they affect our confidence. These pesky purple or red lines prevent you from putting on your favorite shorts during summer. A common misconception is that once you get stretch marks, you’ll have to live with them. This is not true, and the recent advancements in technology will free you from this ‘life sentence.’ Dr. James Jewell is a board-certified doctor who uses highly advanced laser technology to offer cosmetic treatments such as the Rock Hill stretch mark reduction procedure.
Stretch marks occur when your collagen does not match the rapid growth. Collagen is a protein responsible for giving you a healthy appearance and smooth skin. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our body decreases collagen production; hence it fails to keep up with the tension caused by weight gain or growth specifically during puberty.
You can also get stretch marks from weightlifting and other forms of bodybuilding. Here’s how you can prevent and reduce their appearance.
Stay Off Steroids and Supplements
Steroids and supplements result in sudden muscle gain, which hence the appearance of stretch marks. Products such as Anadrol, Winstrol, and creatine supplements cause stretching and tearing of the skin because of your body’s unpreparedness for the rapid muscle growth. That is why it’s advisable to stick to natural methods despite it being difficult to gain muscles naturally; you’ll be happy with the results.
Additionally, do not neglect cardio because focusing on particular exercises only builds muscles in one area, which will strain the skin in that area, causing stretch marks.
Eat Foods That Promote the Production of Collagen
Particular foods stimulate collagen production to supplement the reduction of collagen due to aging. These include:
- Lean Proteins- Salmon, chicken, tuna, turkey, and lentils
- Vegetables- Broccoli, kale greens, green beans, edamame, and spinach
- Fruits- Cherries, avocado, blueberries, grapefruit, and blackberries
Also, avoid over-processed foods because they contain excess sugar that damages your collagen.
Always Wear Sunscreen
The sun’s UV rays not only cause cancer but also damage the development of collagen. That is why you should always wear sunscreen even on cloudy days. You may also want to avoid getting a tan because the tan does not cover the stretch marks; in fact, they make them more visible since they are typically lighter than the rest of your skin.
According to the Institute of Medicine, men should drink 104 ounces of water. Drinking this amount ensures that your skin is supple hence prevents stretch marks from forming.
Apply A Stretch Mark Prevention Cream
These creams are affordable and effective. They promote blood circulation, which increases collagen production. You should visit a physician before purchasing any over-the-counter lotions or creams. Some of the conventional anti-stretch marks creams include Retin-A, Deux Derme, Bio-oil, and SmoothRx.
Natural moisturizers that contain vitamin E and shea butter act as primers that help your skin absorb the stretch mark creams better.
If you already have stretch marks, then you should try some of the available treatments that reduce their appearance. These include laser treatments and microdermabrasion.
Laser therapy is not only safe but also effective in reducing stretch marks. Dr. Jewell and his team use the Icon™ laser technology, which guarantees clients’ satisfactory results.