How to Remove Stretch Marks for Men
Ladies, step aside for a moment because today we're discussing a subject often overlooked in men's skincare - men’s stretch marks. That's right, gentlemen, you're not alone in dealing with these pesky marks that seem to have a life of their own. It is pretty common among men, and you can get them from a growth spurt during puberty, packing on muscle at the gym, or long-term diseases like diabetes or Cushing syndrome. And stretch marks can be a real confidence killer.
But fear not because, in this post, we'll share some effective tips and tricks on stretch mark removal for men and how to regain your confidence. So, grab a coffee, sit back, and get ready to say goodbye to those unwanted stripes once and for all!
Why do men get stretch marks?
Stretch marks are scars from excessive muscle expansion beyond the skin's control. Stretch marks on men's stomachs or other body parts are often caused by the quick mass gain from either muscle or fat and are frequently the result of bodybuilding. Everyone can get stretch marks, but there are things that make you more likely to do so, such as:
Having a personal or family history of stretch marks
Stretch marks can be genetic and may be passed down from one generation to another. Tropoelastin, a class of proteins produced by the ELN gene, produces elastin fibers and specific ELN gene variants, like the rs7787362 SNP's T allele, are linked to causing stretch marks in men.
Rapid growth during puberty
Most young men experiences stretch marks during puberty, particularly in areas such as the arms, thighs, and back. These marks can be distressing for young men who are generally self-conscious about their appearance.
Rapidly gaining or losing weight.
While weight loss can sometimes cause the stretching and tearing of excess skin, it's however not the primary cause of stretch marks. These marks are more commonly associated with weight gain, especially in areas such as the stomach. And the stretch marks may still linger, becoming even more noticeable even if you shed those extra pounds.
Hydrocortisone is a type of steroid available in 0.1% and 0.2% strength in some lotions and in many triple-action antibiotic ointments. It helps reduce inflammation and calms the body's immune response to reduce pain. Hydrocortisone is also clinically used in hormone replacement therapy for people with low stress hormones.
But the long-term use of hydrocortisone can cause the skin to thin out and stretch marks begin to appear in the affected area.
Exercising and using anabolic steroids
Anabolic steroids are synthetic medications that mimic the male sex hormone testosterone. They are often called "performance and image enhancing medication" as they are used to improve athletic performance.
Athletes and bodybuilders are just a few examples of people who overuse anabolic steroids. Misuse of anabolic steroids might result in negative side effects over time, like stretch marks, heart issues, liver illness, and damage to the reproductive system.
Having a genetic disorder such as Cushing syndrome
Cushing syndrome develops when cortisol levels in the body become chronically elevated. Cushing syndrome is also linked to oral corticosteroid prescription use and can be caused by a natural surplus of cortisol your body produces. Some side effects include a round face, a fatty hump between the shoulders, and pink or purple stretch marks on the skin.
Do men like stretch marks?
Bodybuilders who rely on the aesthetics of their bodies are particularly concerned about stretch marks. Hence, they take precautions to prevent skin from stretching and scarring since rapid muscle development can result in stretch mark scarring.
Stretch marks are a problem for everyone, not just bodybuilders; normal men who enjoy lifting weights at the gym are also susceptible to developing stretch marks due to building muscle. Thus, men with stretch marks actively look for ways to eliminate old stretch marks and prevent new ones from appearing.
How to get rid of stretch marks on men
There are various ways to get rid of stretch marks on men. They include:
Your existing stretch marks will look less noticeable after moisturizing. Check for compounds promoting healing, such as vitamins A and E, cocoa, shea, or jojoba butter, which are efficient stretch-mark prevention lotions. A good stretch mark cream for men must contain vitamin A, which supports new collagen synthesis and healing.
Strong antioxidants like vitamin E aids wound healing. Shea and jojoba butter are heavy, easily absorbed moisturizers that help maintain the skin, keeping it healthy and shiny. Hyaluronic acid-containing products should also be used since they can help stretch marks diminish over time by improving skin texture and reducing inflammation.
There is no better moisturizer for stretch marks than Dermaclara's Clarasome Hyaluronic acid moisturizer, which contains glycerin, almond oil, and aloe to help dry skin and encourage collagen growth.
Another method for removing stretch marks is by revitalizing your skin. Men with stretch marks should use vitalizing lotions with particular active ingredients like sea buckthorn and other hand-picked herbs that enter the deeper layers of the skin and nourish the collagen and elastin network there. The skin's outer and interior layers should be cared for by a decent vitalizing product, strengthening the skin's defenses.
A good way to vitalize your skin is to apply Dermaclara's SILICONEFUSION stretch marks kit, which is dermatologically tested and helps regulate collagen production in your skin, leaving it fresher and smoother upon usage. It also enhances moisture levels promoting healing, and the best part is that it is hypoallergenic.
In addition to vitalizing creams, many men also frequently utilize chemical peels. A dermatological procedure known as a chemical peel removes layers of damaged skin throughout several sessions. The peel eliminates the top layers of skin, allowing new skin cells to grow and giving you a younger, more vibrant appearance.
During cell regeneration, collagen, a protein that keeps the skin looking plump and healthy, is regenerated. Like many other skin-care procedures, a chemical peel might necessitate you taking time off work and avoiding the sun for a considerable amount of time.
Using exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and impurities leaves skin soft and helps to even out skin tone. Exfoliating is the best way to make your skin feel brand new. We advise starting your stretch mark prevention program with exfoliation to achieve the best results.
How to exfoliate
For dry or damp skin, use a body scrub after a shower. Start with a tiny scoop, depending on the size of your stretch marks; gently work the product in circular motions into the skin. Pay extra attention to areas vulnerable to stretch marks, such as your bump, buttocks, thighs, hips, and lower back. Rinse well and keep giving the skin a gentle massage. Use your preferred moisturizer or stretch mark cream for men once the skin is dry (or damp).
To enjoy professional exfoliating that guarantees better results, visit a spa or a dermatologist's office for a microdermabrasion procedure. This procedure uses air pressure to spray powdered crystals against your skin. Then, the crystals completely remove your skin's outermost layer through exfoliation. Your stretch marks can appear smaller and lighter as new skin replaces your older skin.