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What to do to avoid stretch marks and how to get rid of them.

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 07/17/2009 | Beauty

As usual the best remedy to stretch marks is to avoid getting them in the first place! But of course sometimes thats easier said than done.

Stretch marks appear due to a severe stretching of the skin, which can leave more or less obvious marks depending on our skin types.

Stretch marks can be either due to hormone instability or due to physical changes in our body. If you put on a considerable amount of weight in a short period of time, your skin is stretched out of proportion all at once and does not have time to adapt to the new dimensions, causing tiny ruptures in the skin tissue. A prolonged use of steroids can also cause stretch marks, due to the hormone imbalance. Usually those who are more prone to stretch marks are pregnant women and bodybuilders, who have a hormone imbalance due to their condition and put on body weight or mass in a short period span.

A stretch mark is in fact a deep scar in the skin, giving our skin a stripy aspect, which can appear anywhere on the body, but is commonly located on the legs, hip area, buttocks, breasts or stomach. The extreme stretching of the skin causes the skin fibres to tear, leaving scars, which cannot be mended, only slightly improved by skin products, which help improve the look of the skin.

Sometimes if the stretch marks are not to deep, these can be diminished by skin exfoliation, which removes some layers of skin, thus making the skin look softer and fresher. It is important you moisturize the skin regularly to keep the skin tissue supple and elastic. If you use special stretch mark creams, make sure you use them on scars that have recently appeared or you will find these treatments useless.

If your case is more serious, then you can always opt for laser treatment, these remedies are expensive, and although they do not repair skin tissue, they will greatly improve how your stretch marks appear.

The extreme remedy for stretch marks is cosmetic surgery, with this process the damaged skin tissue is cut away and the skin is pulled tauter, which will result in an overall improvement both to stretch marks and skin condition.

To try and avoid the above-mentioned extremes, make sure you keep your skin moisturized often, keep it toned with regular exercise. Hydrate your skin by drinking and eating properly and allow your skin to breath, by exfoliating it properly, which will remove dead skin cells and allow your skin to regenerate correctly. If you take care of your skin regularly, you can avoid having to spend money and effort due to carelessness.