Stretch marks have a lot in common with a negative ecological footprint. A negative ecological footprint is what you leave behind as a result of your irresponsible lifestyle or practices. It will leave a mark in the environment in the form of pollution or environmental destruction. Stretch marks, on the other hand, result from certain circumstances that you had in the past. These marks also leave behind an ugly blemish on the skin, just like what negative ecological footprint does to the environment. In both cases, there is something that you can do to solve or treat the problem.
What are stretch marks?
In medical terms, stretch marks are called striae distensae. It is a very common problem especially among women, but they are rarely a sign of a serious health problem. They normally appear as overstretched linear streaks on the skin perpendicular to the skin’s line of tension. They normally develop as a reddish line that becomes whitest with slightly depressed streaks over time. Usually, stretch marks appear on the thighs, armpits, around the breast, abdomen, groin and the chest.
Stretch marks are rarely itchy or painful. They also do not leave troublesome symptoms. However, they can leave unwanted ugly marks on the skin.
When do you develop stretch marks?
Stretch marks develop when the skin is suddenly stretched, causing the dermis or middle layer of the skin to break in place. They normally occur during pregnancy, growth spurts during the puberty stage, or as a result of a very fast weigh gain or weight loss regiment. Excessive use of systemic or topical steroids may also contribute to stretch marks. Moreover, people suffering from Cushing’s disease, Ehler’s-Danlos syndrome and Marfan’s syndrome, which are all genetic diseases, are also at risk of getting stretch marks.
A wide range of treatment options are available for stretch marks. They include the use of lotions, creams and ointments. The drawback for topical treatments is that there is little evidence that they can really treat stretch marks. Some people also resort to physical treatment such as with the use of laser and cosmetic surgery which can be costly but usually results in an improved appearance on the affected area. To some extent, others decide to get a tattoo over stretch marks to cover the unsightly appearance.
It is important to note that most treatment options for stretch marks cannot really and totally eliminate their appearance. It would be good to be more realistic about your expectations before starting treatment. If it is any consolation, most stretch marks will just fade away over time. But it can be a long wait.
If you are suffering from unsightly stretch marks, don’t worry because you are not alone. It can affect anyone, whether male or female. When you develop stretch marks, there is not much that you can do to get rid of them immediately. You just have to try the different treatment options available and be patient in waiting for some signs of improvement.