How to Treat Stretch Marks Near the Breast

Stretch marks happen whenever there is rapid growth, causing the skin to stretch. The connective tissues (collagen and elastin fibers) break, leaving stretch marks.
Every woman should examine the breast
Every woman should examine the breast

Although stretch marks are usually associated with pregnancy, the condition can happen to anyone. 

The affected areas are usually the belly, breasts, thighs, hips, and buttocks. Since the breasts are thinner than most parts of the body, it’s more prone to stretch marks.

For older generations, stretch marks used to be a problem. However, recent advances in dermatology led to the development of specially formulated stretch mark removal cream. With a combination of natural ingredients, these marks have ceased to be a problem.

What Are the Ingredients Used in Stretch Mark Removal Creams?

In the past, people resorted to home remedies like massaging the area with almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, or vitamin E. It could, however, take a long time for the marks to lighten.

Further studies have discovered these three ingredients to be more potent in treating stretch marks.

  • Hyaluronic acid

When applied to early signs of stretch marks, hyaluronic acid causes the stretch marks to be less noticeable. Due to its strong hydration capacity, the skin is less prone to tear.

  • Squalene

Squalene helps in the regeneration of the skin. Due to its similarity to human sebum, it acts as a natural protector, keeping the skin elastic, taut, and more resilient.

  • Glycerin

As one of the world’s oldest emollient, glycerin is the answer to dryness.

If a stretch mark removal cream has a combination of these three ingredients, it’s the fastest way to dim scars and improve skin elasticity. Moreover, the earliest stage, when the stretch marks are still red, is the best time to start treatment. 

What Causes Stretch Marks in the Breast?

Besides pregnancy, there are other reasons why men and women develop stretch marks:

  • Hormonal changes during puberty cause quick development of breast tissues in teenage girls.
  • Rapid weight gain and loss.
  • Cosmetic surgery.
  • Genetic conditions wherein people are born with thin skin with weak elasticity.
  • Conditions that cause the skin or immune system to weaken.
  • Cushing’s syndrome, which causes high cortisol levels.
  • Marfan syndrome and other genetic disorders.
  • Breast surgeries that cause a sudden change in the shape of the breast.
  • Bodybuilding that causes rapid muscle growth.
  • Long-term usage of steroid skin creams or ointments.
  • High dosages of oral corticosteroids.
  • Birth control pills that trigger hormonal changes.
  • Dehydration.

What Are Other Treatments?

In addition to the daily use of a stretch mark removal cream, there are spa treatments that can also help.

Massaging with oil (like almond oil) increases blood flow and circulation to the damaged breast tissues, resulting in healing and movement.

Exfoliation is another way of removing the upper layers of damaged skin and encouraging the regrowth of skin underneath. Creams can penetrate deeply and work faster if there is no dead skin. For a home-made scrub, combine the oil with white sugar to scrub away dead skin.

Stretch marks may not look attractive, but rest assured that many women (including men) have these. It will take discipline and patience to wait for the stretch marks to fade out. 

However, the regeneration of skin improves if one keeps himself/herself healthy. Try to have a well-balanced diet, exercise often, and be hydrated. Once you notice a stretch mark, treat it at once. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to treat.

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