Itchy Stretch Marks After Rapid Weight Loss – What To Do?
Congratulating yourself on your recent weight loss but feel like your body is playing a cruel joke on you because you now look like a shriveled zebra? You’re not alone. Itchy stretch marks are common after periods of rapid weight loss, and if you lose more than 2 pounds a week, you’re chances of developing these multicolored striae increases dramatically.
Stretch marks are normally caused by stretching of the skin such as the dreaded stretch marks after pregnancy. The body during this time grows very rapidly, and the normally elastic skin becomes overwhelmed and buckles in areas of extreme stress. During weight loss, existing marks are emphasized by the surrounding area shrinking, and hormone release throws collagen production out of whack giving way to new lines. Male stretch marks are frequently caused by accelerated weight gain or loss.
The healing process and accompanying skin care of affected areas are what cause the sensation of itchy stretch marks. As the scars heal, the urge to scratch the striae can intensify. Unfortunately, this healing process can take years, leaving you with that winter dry skin feeling all the time. Speaking of dry skin, it’s best to keep your itchy stretch marks well moisturized to prevent itching, but don’t feel obligated to run out and buy a bottle of Revitol stretch mark cream. Save yourself some cheddar and opt for heavy moisturizing instead. Exercise can also intensify the mosquito bite feeling, but don’t skip the healthy benefits of exercise – keep your streaks lubed before and after working out to relieve discomfort.
Little is available in the way of treating and removing these linear eyesores, but exercise and toning of your itchy stretch marks will help. Tanning stretch marks is a popular method, but can make them actually look worse and severely damages and ages the skin and increases your risk of skin cancer dramatically. If you are very self conscious about them, a consultation with your doctor will yield more positive results, and he or she will discuss treatment options with you such as dermabrasion and possibly surgical or laser treatments.