Generation Z falls between ages 11-26. These are the golden years of your skin. Unblemished (except for acne), you can easily apply preventative measures to keep common skin issues at bay. One of the biggest issues that your predecessors are dealing with is stretch marks.
Stretch marks are characterized as streaks and lines across the skin. They come in many colors (pink, brown, red) and frequently occur on the stomach, breast, upper arms, legs, and bottom. It is often caused by hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and growth spurts, but can also be caused by weight gain and muscle growth, among other issues.
If you have yet to develop this common skin condition, here are must-know facts about stretch marks to get ahead of them.
What Causes Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are common during puberty, especially among teenagers who struggle with obesity. Even physically fit teens can get them, as they often occur due to increased muscle build.
Can You Get Rid of Them?
If you already have stretch marks, ask your parents to take you to a dermatologist (skin doctor) to recommend the best treatment to reduce their appearance. However, there is no cure for stretch marks, meaning you cannot completely get rid of them. Because you are still growing, microdermabrasion and laser treatment (common techniques to get rid of stretch marks) are not frequently recommended. Instead, you may find better results with all-natural topical treatments, such as body oils and dry brushing.
How to Prevent Stretch Marks
If you don’t have stretch marks, you can take preventative measures to keep them at bay. While these practices may not keep them away for good, they can minimize their appearance if they do occur.
- Diet and Exercise: Always maintain a healthy weight, as this will prevent your skin from pulling due to weight gain. Eat a healthy diet and exercise according to CDC recommendations.
- Stay Hydrated: Water keeps your skin hydrated, soft, and supple. The drier the skin, the more prone it is to developing stretch marks. Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks containing sugar and caffeine.
- Vitamins and Minerals: Consume more vitamins and minerals that are proven to reduce stretch marks. Vitamin C increases collagen and elasticity. Zinc improves overall skin health and healthy skin can combat stretch marks.
- Topical Treatments: Dermatologists always say to treat stretch marks when they appear. We recommend doing so before they appear. After taking a shower, while your skin is still damp, apply Life’s Butter Oil for Stretch Marks and Uneven Skin Tone.
Make Stretch Marks Less Noticeable
If you already have stretch marks, they may not be severe at your age, depending on your lifestyle. Techniques exist to make them less noticeable and prevent them from worsening. Many people go tanning, apply makeup, or wear clothing to hide their stretch marks, but these are band-aids. For a more permanent solution, we recommend consistently applying effective topical treatments.
You can apply Life’s Butter Oil for Stretch Marks & Uneven Skin Tone, which contains powerful ingredients like jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. You can also use creams, such as the anti-cellulite cream that targets stretch marks by creating smoother, firmer skin. You can also apply original jojoba oil, the most effective carrier oil to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
It’s true, stretch marks can fade over time. However, this is not a guarantee, and when they do fade, they can still be very noticeable. Rather than sitting back and waiting for nature to take its course, be proactive by improving your diet and exercise, water intake, and applying proven topical treatments.
Trust us: these are facts about stretch marks that some millennials wished they knew at your age!