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Stretch Marks: Love them? or Leave Them?

Posted on March 11 2020

Here at Glam HQ we like to wear our tiger stripes with pride!

Let’s start out by answering the question… “what are stretch marks?” 

Stretch marks. How to get rid of them 

A stretch mark or “Striae” as it is medically known as, is caused when the skin is stretched rapidly due to weight loss, weight gain, growth spurts or pregnancy. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body but are found mostly on

·      Breasts

·      Thighs

·      Hips

·      Buttocks

·      Abdomen

This is mainly due to higher fat content in those areas.

Stretch marks are subtle scars that remind us every day of the beautiful transformations that our bodies go through and Is something to be proud of!  

We learned from americanpregnancy.org That stretch marks also have phases

Stage 1: Early stretch marks will appear pink in color, and may also be itchy. The skin immediately around the stretch marks may also look ‘flattened’ and ‘thin’.

Stage 2: Gradually, the stretch marks will enlarge in length and width and become a reddish or purple color.

Stage 3: Once the stretch marks have matured, they lose their reddish/pink hue. They will start to fade and become pale white or silver. They may also appear slightly depressed and irregular in shape or length.

 

They can fade away faster, if you need them to, depending on when a treatment is applied: 

 Diagram of stretch marks and how they are formed

The most effective way to fade stretch marks, once you start to see them (phase 1) is by moisturizing the skin. Moisture can prevent and treat both stretch marks and dry, itchy skin. Moisture makes stretch marks less visible by promoting the growth and activity of the collagen and elastin that give your skin its elasticity

 

3 Best practices for preventing stretch marks in the first place.

1.     Drink more water - Drinking more water keeps your entire body and skin well hydrated and therefore making you less prone to tears associated with stretch marks. 

2.     Moisturizing - Soft skin tends to not develop stretch marks and therefore moisturizing in and out is very important. 

3.     Taking a collagen supplement - Collagen, of course is well known for its many anti-aging benefits but it also supports softer and moister skin. When collagen levels are high, the skin is soft, smooth, and firm. Collagen helps the skin cells renew and repair themselves.

Can you lesson the appearance of stretch marks by taking a collagen supplement?

Adding a collagen supplement into your daily routine is one of the best things you can do for your body to help it repair and defend itself against stretch marks and cellulite.

Now let’s talk more about fading away existing stretch marks (even though we love them :) 

According to Healthline.com there are ways to reduce or remove your existing stretch marks

 

exfoliants for skin

 

 

 

1. A simple way to treat white stretch marks is through regular exfoliation. This removes excess dead skin from the body. Removing dead skin from your stretch marks allows other skin treatments to penetrate more deeply and work faster.

2. Topical creams and ointments are also effective. Some creams are available over-the-counter, while others are prescribed by a doctor. Applied regularly, topical creams can lighten the tone of stretch marks but they may not completely remove them. Before using any topical treatment, discuss your risks with your doctor. Some creams can trigger an allergic reaction or may not be strong enough to treat your condition.

3. Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure to reduce the appearance of white stretch marks. This procedure targets the upper layer of skin (epidermis), and works by stimulating the skin to tighten collagen and elastin fibers in the procedure, tiny exfoliating crystals are sprayed onto the affected area or a special tipped wand is rubbed over the area. Using a wand-like device, the crystals are gently removed, taking with them dead skin from the epidermis layer. Though effective, this procedure isn’t guaranteed to fully remove stretch marks.

4. Laser Therapy is a common treatment option to remove white stretch marks. In the procedure, lasers penetrate the skin, triggering regeneration. This stimulates the tissues around your stretch marks to heal at a faster rate. Laser therapy stimulates melanin production on the affected area, activating pigment cells in your skin. This causes your stretch marks to blend in with your normal skin tone. Though effective, laser therapy requires more than one session to notice results.


stretch marks before and after

 

We have found other interesting ways to coverup your stretch marks.

Tattooing the stretch marks to your skin tone. Yes this is real and we have pictures to prove it! Tattoo artists from all over the world are starting to work on new techniques that allows them to basically make your stretch marks poof! Disappear! The technique may differ from artist to artist but the basic approach is by using custom mineral based tattoo pigments to match the clients skin tone. Make sure to work with an experienced artist that has references since this is a very new technique. Check out some amazing photos above from one artist Dominque Bossavy she calls her technique Nano Color infusion. 

 

Stretch marks aka Tiger Stripes

 

Still society’s views on stretch marks is evolving and camouflaging isn’t always the go to for many brave woman who simply don’t care about what others think. (a.k.a US!) We love that more models are showing off their stripes with pride such as in the new ads for ASOS and Target, magazine covers and of course the beautiful Ashley Graham and in fact one Spanish artist @Zinteta is doing the actual opposite from Bossavy, and is highlighting women stretch marks by tracing them in beautiful colors. 

So what will you do about your stretch marks? Love them or leave them?

Let us know! 

XOXO

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