“My body has given me the greatest gift of my life”
Many of us, including famous people, are living with this skin imperfection and the myths surrounding their appearance on the body hasn’t helped spread body positivity.
Here are 11 myths about stretch marks you need to know
1. Men don’t get stretch marks
2. Thin people don’t get stretch marks
3. It’s not possible to prevent stretch marks
It is truly possible to prevent stretch marks from occurring, by having a healthy diet and keeping the body hydrated.
Regular exercises and using moisturizers to moisturize the skin are also known to prevent stretch marks from forming.
4. Stretch marks can be eliminated completely
This is absolutely wrong statement since we know that stretch marks are formed on the dermis layer of the skin, which is the second layer and next to the epidermis.
5. Stretch marks will heal on their own as time passes
6. Stretch marks go away as one loses weight
Stretch marks don’t disappear with weight loss but can, however, fade in color.
7. Stretch marks can occur only on stomach
8. Stretch marks are caused by stretching of the skin and tears due to weight gain or pregnancy
This is true that sudden excess weight gain and pregnancy can cause stretch marks.
However, other reasons like sudden growth, intensive hormonal activity, stress, high intake of toxins, lack of vitamins and certain steroidal drugs are known to be among the most popular causes for the formation of stretch marks.
9. Stretch marks do not change colour
They change color with maturity
10. Your diet does not affect stretch marks
11. Hormones have no role to play in the formation of stretch marks
Hormonal changes during teenage can also lead to stretch marks.