Some say that stretch marks are to women what hair loss is to men and there may be some truth is this popular belief. According to recent statistics, the number of patient consultations concerning this issue has gone up dramatically these past decades. Despite the large number of consultations however, it is women who rank high on the list of patients.
Even when stretch marks are an obvious reason of concern, few people actually know about stretch marks in depth. What they are and how they can be prevented is still a topic of debate. Moreover, there are still certain myths whose existence still account for the large number of home remedies aimed at “treating” this unwanted evil.
Debunking the Myths
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular alleged facts traditionally associated with the appearance of stretch marks and their possible treatments.
Myth # 1: Stretch Marks are caused by overweight
Research has proved that stretch marks occur after weight changes. It is true then that after some type of weight gain, skin is likely to overstretch with the subsequent appearance of stretch marks.
Nonetheless, skin may be stretched for several reasons other than overweight; for example, during pregnancy or after a growth spurt. This is why the first stretch marks appear during puberty in women, especially in the thighs or breasts. Moreover, some athletes, especially body-builders, have reported the appearance of stretch marks after an excessively speedy muscle mass-gain process.
Myth # 2: Stretch Marks Disappear after Dieting or Weight Loss
Research shows that once skin has been stretched – which is a form of scarring – it is highly unlikely for it to get back to its previous state. In fact, chances are that after a noticeable weight loss, stretch marks become even more visible as skin is looser.
Myth # 3: Exercising improves Stretch Marks
Truth be told, no amount of exercising will ever make already existing stretch marks disappear. On the other hand, a firmer a better toned body helps to conceal stretch marks.
Myth # 4: Only Women get Stretch Marks
Together with the overweight claim, this is perhaps one of the most popular myths. Even when stretch marks appear in women more often than in men, there are still a number of male patients – about 24% – who develop these marks during their lives.
Myth # 5: Nothing can be done about Stretch Marks
This is a belief that comes from the time when nothing could be done about them. These days however, thanks to the latest developments in cosmetic care, we know that moisturizing the skin properly can greatly contribute to the prevention and improvement of the skin’s appearance. In addition, some cosmetic products and treatments have been proved to be effective when treating this condition.
Myth # 6: Treating Stretch Marks is completely unnecessary
However innocuous stretch marks do not cease to be invasive and distressful for the person who feels concerned with the way they look or feel. Dealing with this issue can greatly contribute to boosting self-esteem and improving patient’s sense of contentment.