One supposed cause of stretch marks have been found to be hormones. Quite interesting, isn’t it. It is believed that when pregnant, working out (bulking up), or gaining weight that causes a serious change in your hormones and change in the metabolism in the skin. So, in fact, it seems that it is the hormone changes and not the stretching that may be causing the stretch marks.
The most common cause of stretch marks is believed to be the stretching of the skin past the point of bouncing back. This usually occurs with pregnancy, weight gain, puberty changes, or medical issues. There are a number of ways to treat stretch marks. Although, there is no true cure for it some of the options to help with them are:
Hydration and Diet – Keep body fully hydrated by drinking enough water. Soft hydrated skin is less likely to get stretch marks. Caffeine should be avoided. It seems that caffeine may increase your risk of developing stretch marks. Incorporate skin healthy foods into your diet. Foods rich in nuts, fish, vitamin A and C, and eggs are all good for maintaining healthy skin.
Creams – Many stretch mark creams are out on the market now. Strivectin is a popular one, but it is best to ask your doctor which one you should try. Cocoa butter is often recommended to soften skin and reduce the appearance of scars.
Skin Treatments – Laser surgery, chemical peels, or dermabrasion can be chosen to address your existing stretch marks. This seems to be the most productive choice, although a bit pricey. I have heard a lot of positive things about the laser surgery.
Surgery – a tummy tuck is commonly used to remove the excess loose skin and stretch marks on the stomach area.