What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are streaks or stripes that can be seen on the outer layer of the skin, mostly on the thighs, abdomen, breast, underarms, and hips. They can be red and purplish pink, white and silvery-looking, or brown, depending on the cause and the age of stretch marks, and the natural coloring of the person.
Causes of Stretch Mark on Thighs
The epidermis or the outer layer of the skin contains collagens. When those collagens underneath the skin break down, stretch marks appear.
When do Stretch Marks on Thighs Occur?
Rapid weight gain is thought to be the culprit of the appearance of stretch marks. Once your skin is stretch beyond its limit, like in case of pregnancy in women and growth spurt in adolescent boys and girls, stretch marks in thighs can occur
Natural Methods for Reducing Stretch Marks on Thighs
The thigh is the part in our body where fat deposits are greater in number. This means, thighs are very prone to elasticity breakdown, thus the birth of stretch marks. One method that you can do without visiting a doctor’s clinic is adequate exfoliation. When you exfoliate, you are improving the texture of your skin- removing the old layer and unfolding to a fresh, new layer of your skin.
Make use of homemade recipes like mixing a cup of olive oil or coconut oil with a tablespoon of brown sugar. Gently rub it in your skin during bath. If you find the mixture too viscous, swap the oils with honey. Exfoliate at least twice a week to get the blood into more action and get rid of dead skin cells.
Treatment Options for Stretch Marks
If you are not satisfied with exfoliations and deep hydration, your other options left are laser and light therapy. These types of treatment require many visits to the doctor’s clinic. Laser therapy is intended for relatively new stretch marks which tend to be color purple and red. The light emitted from laser therapy breaks down the scar tissues formed on epidermis and encourages the skin to make more collagen. If the stretch marks are silver or white, light therapy is recommended for it stimulates the epidermis to produce more melanin.
Another treatment option for removing stretch marks is chemical peeling. This is quite a drastic and more extreme solution for getting rid of stretch marks. This procedure requires several trips to the dermatologist. A liquid solution is topically applied on the skin which would result to blisters and peeling. Sounds horrendous, but that is how the skin is stimulated to produce more collagen. The new batch of collagen will be the fresh layer of the skin sans the stretch marks. It is important to note that chemical peels are only effect if the stretch marks are placed on the topmost level of the skin. If not, better try light and laser therapy.
Prevention of Stretch Marks
The only possible method to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks is via adequate hydration. Ensure that your skin is properly hydrated by drinking lots of fluids every day. You should consume at least 8 glasses of water during the day and more if you are out on a hot, humid weather. Explore with different fluids like organic juices and various types of teas. In your diet increase your consumption with fruits and vegetables, and trim down salt and sugar. Once you find your system replenished with plenty of fluids and healthy food, your skin gets supple and more hydrated.
It would not hurt if your skin gets extra help. There are highly specialized lotions meant for preventing stretch marks in the market. Stock up in those and make sure your skin gets nourished from it every day. Apply a dollop of lotion the moment you step out of the shower when your skin is still damp. This is the opportunity where your skin gets maximum hydration. Look for lotion that list cocoa and shea butter as ingredients. If you want extra moisturizing boost, apply olive oil or coconut oil to body parts prone to stretch marks like thighs and abdomen before going to bed.
Stretch marks are seen as streaks on the skin, and they can be purplish red, silvery white or brown. They are caused by collagen breakdown in the epidermis. This can be attributed to weight gain as a result of a growing belly (pregnancy) or growing body parts (puberty). Stretch marks are not a great sight; hence the 3 clinical methods available to remove them are chemical peeling, laser therapy and light therapy.
Although if your stretch marks are new, they are still receptive to topical moisturizing lotions, which you can make a jar out of kitchen ingredients like sugar, oil and honey. The best cure is still prevention, and the only way to prevent the appearance of stretch marks is proper moisturizing. So while young, slather on some hydrating lotion every after bath and you will thank these little bottles as you get older.