How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks on the Breasts

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Stretch marks across the breasts are a problem common to breastfeeding mothers and bodybuilders who seek to “shred” their pectoral muscles. These stretch marks usually detour at the areola and nipple, but they can take a jagged path from side to side across the breast or up and down around the shoulders. Stretch marks on the boobs start as red or purple lines and fade to white over a period of months.

In breastfeeding mothers, the trigger for the formation of stretch marks is the enormous release of estrogen during pregnancy. Estrogen stimulates the growth of breast tissue, and the baby’s suckling constantly pulls at the skin around the nipple. The combination of effects causes stretch marks.

In male bodybuilders, the trigger for the formation of stretch marks sometimes is also the release of estrogen. Body builders who shoot injected testosterone don’t necessarily just build up their testosterone levels. Testosterone can degrade into estrogen in a man’s body and cause gynecomastia, the unusual development of breast tissue.

Teenaged boys sometimes suffer gynecomastia, usually about two years after puberty. This embarrassing condition can be complicated by stretch marks as the breasts go through their own growth spurt, with surrounding tissues usually catching up by early adulthood.

The most common cause of stretch marks in males, however, is overemphasizing the pectoral, deltoid, or bicep muscles while working out. The growth of the muscle is simply too fast for the skin to keep up. Stretch marks result.

What can all these groups do about stretch marks on and around the boobs? Here are five simple steps:

    1. Oil up. Moisturizing the skin before and after stretch marks occur keeps the skin supple and relieves part of the tension on the skin that causes stretch marks or keeps them from healing. The best time to apply moisturizer is just after toweling off after a shower or bath.

    2. Chill out. Tension tightens the skin. Massage loosens it. This can be professional massage, partner massage, or massage with a steel roller.

    3. Think herbal. Products made with the Ayurvedic herb gotu kola stimulate the skin’s production of collagen. They can be taken in capsule or cream forms. Women who are trying to get pregnant again, however, should avoid gotu kola because it interferes with the release of the egg from the ovary at ovulation.

    4. Use bronzers. The deeper your skin tones, the less noticeable your stretch marks will be. Applying bronzers and tanning creams with a Q-tip gets the best cosmetic effect. Since sun exposure can dry out the skin, it’s best to use bronzers rather than lie out in the sun or go to a tanning booth.

    5. Act now. It’s much easier to get rid of stretch marks for good when you treat them sooner rather than later. Stretch marks in the “pink” stage are always the easiest to remove.

Dermatologists often can treat stretch marks on the breasts with laser or intensive light therapies, but these techniques are generally less successful on darker skins. The sooner you start treatment, the easier the treatment will be, especially if you have black, brown, or golden skin tones in your skin.