Stretch marks can be embarrassing and cause a woman to lose confidence in themselves. Wearing clothing that exposes the areas, such as a bathing suit, shorts, or a crop top may cease to happen. Stretch marks effect some women so badly, it can even interfere with their sex lives and cause complications in their relationships.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are caused by the body’s inability to properly expand when excess weight is gained. The skin and tissues tear due to needing extra room for the expanding body mass beneath. Many women during pregnancy develop stretch marks on their stomachs, and even on their sides and back. Stretch marks have become increasingly common due to the fact that two thirds of Americans are overweight today. This is an extremely disturbing fact being that obesity has doubled since only 1980. (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
Ways to Hide Stretch Marks
Wearing clothing that covers the areas of the body where the stretch marks are located is the best way to actually hide them. There are also body cosmetics which are said to hide the stretch marks. Some work well, according to reviews, and others – not so much. There is also the option of airbrush makeup, which can hide virtually anything. This is, for the most part, impractical as most women don’t have an airbrush setup at their homes.
Tanning at a salon or lying out in the sun can also help to camouflage the appearance of stretch marks as well. The darker the skin, the more difficult it is to see the stretch marks.
Ways to Fade and Remove Stretch Marks
If you have light stretch marks that don’t cut too deep, chances are you are able to diminish them to nearly nothing. There are scar creams and stretch mark creams available in drug stores, department stores, and online to help fade the stretch marks to the point where they are barely noticeable. There is also the option of cocoa butter, which can help to fade the stretch marks as well. As a side note, the use of cocoa butter lotion during pregnancy can actually prevent pregnant women from developing stretch marks in the first place. There are also other options as we will discuss below.
Difficult Stretch Marks
Sometimes, there are stretch marks that are difficult to alleviate due to the fact that they are too deep, too dark, or too large. In these cases, you could perhaps speak with your dermatologist to discuss further options.
Some of these other options include laser therapy, and surgical removal of the stretch marks. Both of these options are extremely expensive, and it is a personal choice to opt for this kind of surgery. Make sure you discuss the pros and cons of these types of treatments with your doctor, and find out the possible side effects and negative things that can come along with these types of treatments.
Life Without Stretch Marks
If you have stretch marks, life doesn’t have to feel depressing and difficult. Try some of the above treatment options, and chances are you will find something that works well for you.