Stretch marks still baffle many people. What causes stretch marks? Most commonly stretch marks are seen on the stomach, breasts, hips, thighs underarms and upper arms, back and the buttocks. Although stretch marks do not have any serious health risk, not many of us are willing to wear them on our skin.
Causes of Stretch Marks
- Weight Loss and Weight Gain – Losing or gaining weight too quickly can make these unwanted lines we call as stretch marks to come up. A person with their middle layer of the skin being healthy may not run into stretch marks issue. The dermis has elastic quality and is responsible for retaining the shape and tautness of the skin. One should note that the stretching alone of the skin may not be responsible for stretch marks however this can dictate where on the body these stretch marks will come up. It is also important to not note that stretch marks can also be caused by slow weight gain or loss.
- Hormones – Studies have shown that hormones play a role in the development of stretch marks. Having an increase in the levels of steroid hormones will have an effect on the dermis making it lose some of its supportive material therefore when the skin stretches there is epidermal tearing. Steroid hormones usually go up during pregnancy or in teens when experiencing rapid growth spurts.
- Genes – Genetics is also a key player in the development of stretch marks. Some people are more prone to getting stretch marks on their skin while some are not so much.
Treating Stretch Marks
There are various ways on how these unwanted stretch marks can be removed or be made less noticeable. Some resort to dermabrasiion, laser treatments and even surgical procedures to get rid of stretch marks while some resort to creams and lotions against stretch marks and topical ointments.
Argan Oil and Stretch Marks
One effective treatment for stretch marks is Argan oil. Often referred to as the liquid gold of Morocco and Moroccan miracle oil, it is known to give the skin numerous benefits. Its high content of unsaturated essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, Ferulic acid, Polyphenols, Prostaglandins, Sterols, Carotenoids and numerous antioxidants do wonders to the skin. Since the oil is also packed with protein, it helps restore the skin’s elasticity. It makes the protein bonding structures of the skin stronger therefore tightening the skin and preventing the development of stretch marks. Stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles are minimised and prevented with regular application of the oil. Many women develop stretch marks. Most would have them during pregnancy. Although Argan oil is an organic product with no adverse effects on the skin, if you are pregnant, it is ideal that you ask your doctor before applying the oil to your skin. Once you have the go signal from your doctor on the use of this oil, apply the oil to your skin regularly to avoid developing stretch marks.