There is a popular saying that goes: prevention is better than cure. This is very applicable to skin problems. Usually, if a skin problem occurs, they have permanent characters. It will really be hard to get rid of them entirely. This is why it is really true to prevent these problems in the first place than to find solution for it.
What makes it worse is the fact that the skin is one of the major factors that determines beauty in an individual. Beauty here is meant whether a person looks old or young. When the skin does not look good, or a skin looks unhealthy, for sure the person will look old.
One example of skin problem that can be a lot of trouble once it occurs is stretch mark. It is very hard to get rid of it once it appears on the skin.
Causes of Stretch Marks
Before knowing how to prevent stretch marks, it is wise to first know what causes it. However, the name of the skin problem would already suggest an idea. This is caused due to a sudden stretch of the skin. This is the very reason why stretch marks are often related to pregnancy where the skin stretches very wide in just a very short period of time.
By the time the skin gets back to shape, it would already have gotten some scars on its middle layer. Just underneath the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin), breaks will happen causing some red lines to appear from the outside. Hence, if you examine a stretch mark very closely, you will see that it cannot be scratched from the surface.
How to Prevent Stretch Marks
In cases aside from pregnancy, one can prevent stretch marks by being conscious with his or her figure. This would further mean being conscious with your diet and other habits. Keeping a healthy and fit body can also get you away from this kind of skin problem, and in fact, even from other problems as well. This prevention method will of course exclude pregnancy because it is inevitable to keep a slim shape during pregnancy.
Other general methods that can help prevent stretch marks from happening are drinking a lot of water, consistent application of moisturizers, eating healthy food, and exercises. These methods may seem to be very mundane but believe it or not, they work. For example, by drinking a lot of water, you enable your skin to maintain and even improve its elasticity. The same thing is true with moisturizers. All these methods will help the skin with is character to expand and compress and will therefore help in staying away from stretch marks.
Once stretch marks appear on the body, treatments and therapies can only lighten their traces. There is no known remedy that could take every trace away yet. Even lasers can leave a very light mark from stretch marks. In other words, it is of utmost importance that a person guards himself from getting stretch marks.