7 Common Stretch Mark Myths
Myth #1. Only Pregnant Women Get Stretch Marks.
While 90% of all women acquire stretch marks and 75% of these get them during pregnancy, other women (and men too) can develop them. Anyone experiencing growth spurts or rapid increases in size and/or weight may suffer from stretch marks. This includes about 12% of all men, and many teens/preteens undergoing puberty.
Myth #2. Stretch Marks Disappear Once You Lose Weight.
WRONG! While some stretch marks fade to the point of near invisibility once size and weight return to normal, most fade to a pale, silvery color. Skin that has formed stretch marks does not return to normal and the only way to completely physically remove stretch marks -- and by that I mean, 100% erased & removed -- is through abdomoplasty surgery.
Myth #3. Youngsters Don't Develop Stretch Marks.
It is not unusual for children and teenagers to develop stretch marks due to rapid growth spurts that are sometimes experienced during natural development. Young skin does have a tendency to heal quickly, and stretch marks that develop during youth seem to fade more quickly than those obtained during adulthood.
Myth #4. You Canít Prevent Stretch Marks.
Following a sensible, nutritious diet will help manage weight and promote healthy, resilient skin that will be less likely to develop stretch marks. Exercise improves skin tone, benefits overall health, and is an effective weight management tool. Good skin hygiene, including the daily use of exfoliating cleansers and an effective stretch mark cream will help you to avoid most stretch marks and minimize those that do appear.
The key to preventing stretch marks is good skin health. Thicker, healthier skin is more resilient to the negative effects of stretching, and thus stretch marks.
Myth #5. Only Plastic Surgery Can Treat Stretch Marks.
Although, as previously mentioned, cosmetic surgery is the only method for removing stretch marks completely & entirely, there are many effective treatments that can minimize their appearance and improve the skinís ability to heal and regenerate itself.
Micro dermabrasion and laser therapy, as well as skin care products and stretch mark home remedies are just a few of the available treatment options.
Myth # 6. Stretch Mark Treatment is Always Super Expensive
Incorrect again. Many advances in technology -- and the better understanding of herbal & natural remedies -- have given us a plethora of options for dealing with unsightly stretch marks. Some of these will indeed be quite costly. However, many affordable remedies are available and anyone can make use of them. These include home remedies as well as specialty stretch mark creams that can visibly erase these unsightly little stripes.
Myth #7. Trying To Treat Stretch Marks is a Big Waste of Time
This is definitely untrue, as illustrated with myths 5 and 6. Even a slight improvement in the appearance of your stretch marks is worth the time and money you are likely spend. And to be honest, how can it possibly be a waste of time to try and obtain smooth, blemish free skin? It's not as though people admire rough, uneven, scarred skin, right?
Some discipline and patience will be required to get rid of your stretch marks of course, but that isn't exactly a surprise now, is it? After all, you donít develop stretch marks overnight nor will you be able to get rid of them overnight.
With the right amount of patience, determination, and perseverance, getting rid of stretch marks will NOT be super difficult and, therefore, NOT A WASTE OF TIME.