Stretch marks are something that many women develop over the course of their lives. They can appear on a person’s belly, thighs, arms, and butt. By far the most common appearance of stretch marks occurs on the thigh area. Although it is such a familiar phenomenon among women, the sad fact is that not many of us know how to deal with stretch marks, both in their prevention and the remedying process. Luckily, there are many tested and proven ways to eradicate the appearance of stretch marks. First, let us examine what causes stretch marks.
What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks appear as a striped discoloration on the skin, which result from deep scars from stretching. This skin stretching can occur for a number of reasons, including weight gain or less, building up one’s body, and pregnancy. Essentially any kind of activity that systematically pulls the skin past its regular limits will likely lead to stretch marks if precautionary measures are not taken.
Stretch marks are a notoriously difficult skin problem to fix. According to the Mayo clinic, these marks form at the very deepest layer of your dermis, right at the base, and thus reparative procedures need to be very penetrating. Nevertheless, with some effort and dedication they can be significantly reduced. Let us look at preventative measures against gaining stretch marks in order to make sure that no new stretch marks make an appearance on one’s skin.
Stretch Mark Prevention
Take it Slowly
As aforementioned, any kind of continuous strain on your skin will cause a stretch mark. Hence the first logical step in prevention would be to be very gradual in all of the straining activities one performs. Whether a person is building up their body or slimming it down, making sure one doesn’t overexert themselves is a key technique for stopping stretch marks from appearing. In some cases, this is not possible, such as with pregnancy, because the body’s growth is out of one’s control. For these cases there are other techniques which will be mentioned a little later on.
Stretch Mark Treatment
Here are a few options for treating stretch marks on the thighs, ranging from the least invasive to the most.
Healthy Diet: Eating well is the key to many things, including the elimination of stretch marks. Drinking plenty of water is integral to reducing stretch marks because hydrated skin is more elastic than skin that is dry. Additionally, having a higher intake of protein will lead your body to repair itself faster given that amino acids are the building blocks of the organism.
Take a Supplement or Use a Cream: The human body needs certain nutrients for healthy body maintenance. For repairing your body, vitamins A, C, and E are the most important. One can get these nutrients from fruits and oils, but a supplement can provide a higher dose. Vitamin E is available in a cream, which, if rubbed on the thigh area, can reduce the severity and occurrence of stretch marks. Many people choose to simply moisturize with something like a cocoa butter. Despite the common use of this as a treatment, medical studies have illustrated that it only has the effect of being a moisturizer and not as a scar reducing agent. If an individual is particularly worried about their thigh stretch marks, prescription creams are available which contain numerous compounds in high quantities.
Microdermabrasion: Simply exfoliating the skin at home will have an effect on the reduction of thigh stretch marks because of the reduction of dead skin it offers. Nevertheless, professional microdermabrasion is able to penetrate deeper by shooting particles into the skin and, when performed regularly, the new skin that grows on a person’s body is healthy and reduces the appearance of scars.
Laser Therapy: The high intensity light used in laser therapy helps dissipate scar tissue. What’s more, it promotes the skin’s production of collagen. If a person has stretch marks on their thighs which have already turned to a light, whitish color, a dermatologist would use a different light therapy which encourages the production of melanin (or pigmentation).
These are just a few of the many options available to an individual for preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks on the thighs. The fact of the matter is that there are many more options, of varying extremity. One of the most important factors to mention in reducing scars is time! It is widely known that stretch mark scars diminish after a few weeks and months. It is recommended by many professionals that an individual wait a bit while continuing with the moisturizing process and healthy diet, before going to more severe measures such as surgical procedures.