Stretch marks are everywhere. And not a lot of people are happy about them. Almost all women that have given birth have stretch marks. And many men as well will get them at some point in their life.
Most of us consider them part of life and that is true; stretch marks are almost as common as the common cold. The smarter ones among us, especially the women that have given birth to multiple children wear like a badge of honor. They are there to remind them of what they have gone through to bring precious life into this world.
And to those people, hats off to you. You have every right and every reason to be proud of your stretch marks. I’m not here to belittle the achievements of these remarkable mothers, but I feel it’s time to put some common myths about stretch marks aside.
Only women get stretch marks
While it is true that far more women than men get stretch marks primarily due to pregnancy, stretch marks effect both men and women. There are several reasons for stretch marks to occur other than pregnancy including rapid weight gain, hormonal conditions, puberty and medical conditions. While it is fair to say that far more women than men get stretch marks, it is a myth to think that only women get them.
Stretch marks can be removed by scrubbing
While a far less common myth than the one above, there are a lot of people that think that stretch marks can slowly be removed by scrubbing the skin with a loofah or other type of object. The fact is that stretch marks do not occur in the top layer of skin (the epidermis) but are created by tears in the second layer of skin (the dermis). All the scrubbing in the world will not remove, soften, or otherwise make these stretch marks go away let alone diminish them. It might be good for exfoliating the skin, but that is the extent of the treatment.
Stretch Marks can’t be prevented
This is not totally a myth. There are many people and many circumstances where stretch marks are inevitable. But there are many more times that the skin could be treated to minimize or even eliminate stretch marks from occurring in the first place. Stretch marks occur on the skin when the skin size increases more rapidly than the dermis layer can stretch to, causing tears in the dermis and creating stretch marks. But when one knows that this rapid change is going to occur, such as in pregnancy, there are a number of topical treatments that can be applied to lessen the chances of stretch marks occurring or in the best case, stopping them from happening at all. I know, I’ve seen it happen. I have seen the tiniest of a woman give birth to a nine pound baby and a couple of months after birth, you would never know she had given birth. We won’t all be that lucky, but with some prevention, chances are we can be more like her.
Stretch Marks can’t be removed
This is another common myth, yet is true in some situations. There are a number of stretch mark removal procedures that can very often work for most people. The procedures range from surgical procedures, to laser treatment to home methods and remedies. Everyone will have a different outlook on what is best for them if they want to look at removing stretch marks, and each method certainly has it’s pros and cons. But to say that stretch marks can’t be removed is simply a myth. Take a look at the options available and decide for yourself if it is right for you.
I hope talking about these common stretch mark myths has helped you. The age of the internet and having access to Google has helped immensely in helping dispel so many common myths but at the same time, most of us are just so used to believing what we have heard over and over again for years that we feel it must be the truth.