As people age, their bodies and their skin change. Some men and women may develop purple and reddish colored marks called stretch marks. Certain people seem to be more likely to develop stretch marks.
If other people in your family have the marks, chances are that you will get them too.
These marks are likely to occur during puberty or during pregnancy. Men may get these marks if they lift heavy weights or gain weight quickly. Although the marks are painless, they can be very embarrassing. People may feel uncomfortable wearing shorts or a bathing suit because of them.
When the marks first appear, they are usually a light pink color. During this time period, the skin may be sensitive or itchy. As time passes, the marks begin to lengthen and change color to a purple or red. Eventually, the marks will fade to a dull silver color.
The marks actually change the appearance of the skin. Instead of being smooth, skin looks rough and uneven. Because the marks affect several layers of the skin, they will not just go away on their own. Luckily, there are creams available which can help to repair the skin or prevent the marks from appearing.
The special creams usually contain specific ingredients like retinol or cocoa butter. There are a number of creams on the market and it may take some time for people to find the cream that works best with their particular skin type.
When looking for a cream, pay attention to the ingredients that are included in the cream. Creams with a large amount of water should be avoided. Also be sure to choose a cream that has been clinically proven to reduce the marks.
Some creams have a money back guarantee. These creams may be slightly more expensive to purchase, but the money back guarantee is something good to have.
Other people with the marks may choose more intensive methods to repair their skin. Some people opt to skip the skin creams and resort to surgery. There are several different surgical methods that can fix the marks including laser surgery and microdermabrasion.
While these methods may repair the skin in as little as a week, they are expensive. In addition, such treatments may not be covered by insurance plans.
By far, the most cost effective way to reduce marks is to use a special cream. For the best results, use the cream as specified in the directions on the package. If the directions are not followed properly, it can affect the results.
People should also keep in mind, that it takes time to repair the skin when using a cream. In some cases, it can take 4 to 8 weeks. This time period will vary depending upon how long the marks have been present and the number of marks that are present.
It will take longer to remove marks once they have faded to silver than it will to remove new marks that are still pink colored.
While getting stretch marks is not such a good thing, it is good to know that there are options available for reducing their appearance.
One of the best and most cost effective ways to do this, is by using a specially prepared cream.