The human body is remarkable in its ability to heal. However, it’s not perfect, which can lead to physical imperfections on the skin. For example, stretch marks are long, narrow streaks or stripes (medically known as striae), that form on the skin from excessive stretching. This often occurs when the skin stretches too fast, causing tears in the elastin fibers of the skin. Stretch marks can be hard to get rid of, especially if they have been around for a while. Luckily, there are a few treatments that have shown to be effective in fading stretch marks. Let’s explore one of these treatments below: microneedling.
Stretch marks usually form due to rapid growth in the body. The most common affected areas are the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back.
Who is Susceptible to Stretchmarks?
- Teenagers are prone to stretch marks when they hit growth spurts.
- Obesity can cause stretch marks.
- Pregnancy can cause stretch marks as well. Most stretch marks occur on the belly and breasts of pregnant women.
- Certain medical conditions weaken the skin and can result in diminished collagen and elastin production, which will leave the person with the disease susceptible to stretch marks. Marfan syndrome and Cushing’s syndrome are two examples of such medical conditions.
- Topical Corticosteroid use can weaken the skin as well, leading to stretch marks.
How Do You Prevent Stretch Marks?
As you can see, stretch marks may not always be preventable. However, there are things you can do to minimize the risk of developing stretch marks:
- Maintain a healthy weight for your body type.
- Avoid yo-yo dieting. The constant increasing and decreasing of fat on the body weakens your skin over time.
- Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. There are many vitamins and minerals that your skin needs to function and stay healthy. For example, vitamins A and C and minerals zinc and silicon are especially important to maintain skin health.
- During pregnancy, aim for slow and gradual weight gain and try to stay at the lower end of the minimum your doctor recommends to gain for a healthy pregnancy.
- Hydrate. Your skin is made mostly of water. Staying hydrated will keep it plump and soft.
Stretch marks are not dangerous; however, they can be unsightly, and if stretch marks are severe, they can affect self-esteem. They do diminish over time, but it can be years before they fade to an acceptable level. But what else can you do to improve the appearance of stretch marks?
Medical microneedling procedures have been shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, microneedling utilizes tiny needles to make channels in the skin that stimulate the body to produce collagen. Collagen is a protein that holds your body together. Its main job is to provide strength and structure, and certain types are stronger than steel. Collagen is found throughout the body but primarily resides in the skin, bones, and tendons.
Think of collagen as the pillars that hold the roof (in this case your top layer of skin) in place. When collagen breaks down (as in the natural aging process), the roof begins to sink, forming pockets (in the case of skin, wrinkles). One of collagen’s main jobs is to beef up the skin when you receive a cut. It puts layers down to help support the spot where you were injured. This process is what microneedling re-creates.
Medical microneedling procedures will speed up the healing of stretch marks by inducing the rapid formation of collagen. This will smooth out the appearance and cause your stretch marks to lighten. Odds are multiple microneedling treatments will be required to get the results you desire.
MDPen is a producer of microneedling pens, microneedling serums, and also is a supplier and trainer of microneedling practitioners. We pride ourselves on offering the best products for the microneedling industry. Life is too short not liking how you look. MDPen encourages those who have scars, stretch marks, skin discolorations, or signs of aging that they are looking to be free from to Contact us today!