What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are areas of skin that look like lines or tiger stripes. They occur from tiny tears in the top layer of skin when collagen and elastin are over-stretched. They start out reddish in color and fade into a pale white.
Stretch marks commonly occur during these times:
- Growth spurts from puberty
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Rapid muscle growth from weight training
How to prevent stretch marks on your butt
There are a variety of treatment options for stretch marks on your buttocks. They may help to lessen the look of stretch marks, but they won’t cause them to disappear completely.
Topical creams and gels are the most common method for treating stretch marks. They work to stimulate collagen production in your skin, which tightens and smooths out the texture of the damaged areas. Look for a hydrating cream with ingredients like vitamin E or cocoa butter, both of which help to increase collagen levels. You could also try a silicone gel, which has also been proven to increase collagen in stretch marks. Be sure to talk with a dermatologist or other medical professional if you have any questions on which cream is best for you, especially if you are pregnant.
If topical creams haven’t worked for you, you could try a cosmetic procedure to help diminish your stretch marks.
- Laser treatments. Laser therapies work by pulsating lights into the dermis, the top layer of your skin, to smooth out its appearance, lessening the appearance of stretch mark scars. You might feel some mild discomfort during the treatment, there really shouldn’t be any serious pain. Each procedure can cost anywhere from $200-$1000, depending on the area being treated, and you can expect to need a few procedures before seeing results.
- Platelet-rich plasma. According to recent studies, injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can help promote collagen production, leading to healthier skin. PRP is a substance found in your own blood that can be used to promote healing. These platelets contain several growth factors that attract stem cells and promote the rebuilding of skin tissue. PRP requires drawing blood and injecting it back into your skin, so if you have a fear of needles and a little pain, we’d suggest you try a different treatment first.
- Microneedling. This procedure makes tiny punctures in the top layer of skin and has been clinically proven to fade the appearance of damaged skin. These micro-punctures force the skin to heal by promoting elastin and collagen production, leaving fresher looking skin behind. Less painful than PRP, Microneedling procedures can still be uncomfortable, especially for patients who may be afraid of needles. It’s recommended to have the treatment done in a medical spa or plastic surgery center, but there are products on the market called derma-rollers that allow you to do them at home.
- Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses a device that sprays tiny crystals onto the affected area to exfoliate the skin, then vacuum suctions the dead cells. This reveals fresh, new skin underneath. The treatment can be performed by a dermatologist or by a trained esthetician at a medical spa. There are also products you can buy to do this treatment at home using microdermabrasion kits or machines. The kits consist of an exfoliating scrub and a roller device to remove the dead skin. The costs vary both professionally and at-home, from $100-$200 by a professional and $50-$300 for at-home kits or machines.
Eat a healthy diet
Since certain nutrients can affect skin health, it’s ideal to include these in your daily diet to help prevent stretch marks and have healthy skin. Nutrients that are proven to improve your skin health include vitamin E, C and D, and zinc.
People have claimed that certain natural oils can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, similar to that of a stretch mark cream. Some of these oils include:
- Coconut oil – contains fatty acids that are easily absorbed into the skin that act as an anti-inflammatory and encourage collagen production
- Olive oil – contains plenty of antioxidants and vitamin E. If you apply the moisturizing substance to your skin regularly, you may bid adieu to stretch marks over time.
- Almond oil – rich in Vitamin E, fatty acids, proteins, zinc, and potassium, all of which have healing capacity for damaged skin
- Castor oil – prevents moisture loss and keeps your skin hydrated with ricinoleic acid as its active ingredient, a skin-conditioning fatty acid
What causes stretch marks on butt?
Weight lifting/buttock workouts/muscle enlargement
Bodybuilding or extreme workouts can increase your chances of stretch marks. The rapid increase of muscles in your glutes and hips causes your skin to stretch too quickly, leaving behind the stripes known as stretch marks. Exercises like heavy squats and lunges can be hard on your muscles. Stick to toning exercises, like leg circles and glute bridges to tone muscle rather than grow it too fast.
It’s important to note that working out too hard too fast is hard on your muscles and which leads to stretch marks. Build your muscles gradually to help prevent rapid muscle gain.
Certain adrenal gland disorders can cause stretch marks by increasing the amount of cortisone in your body, such as Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Cortisone is an important hormone that your body naturally makes to decrease swelling and inflammation in your body, both of which aggravate stretch marks.
Stretch marks are a typical part of puberty for most teenagers. When a person goes through a growth spurt or gains weight quickly, like during puberty, they may find stretch marks left behind.
Genetics have been found to play a role in who may or may not develop stretch marks. Skin cells from people who tended to develop stretch marks had lower amounts of collagen, which is responsible for elasticity and repair in your skin. Your skin tone, it’s levels of collagen and elastin, and any hormonal imbalances may be genetic factors that could lead to you developing stretch marks. If your family history has stretch marks in it, there’s a likelihood that you’ll develop them, as well.
Do certain workouts increase butt stretch marks?
Rapid weight changes and muscle growth are what increase stretch marks. Certain exercises actually work on tightening the skin and keeping it healthy with proper blood circulation, while others can do more harm than good. Aim on gradual toning versus heavy workouts.
Are stretch marks on my butt normal?
Absolutely. It’s totally normal to see stretch marks form on different parts of your body, including on your butt, hips, thighs, breasts, and stomach.
How long does it take stretch marks to fade?
Stretch marks often fade over time, but there are treatments you can do to help lessen their appearance. You can try using self-tanners, makeup, specialized lotions, or surgical treatments.
Why do I have stretch marks on my butt when I have always been slim and fit?
Stretch marks appear from rapid stretching of your skin, typically from weight gain, muscle growth, or from puberty or pregnancy. Genetics can even play a part in who develops stretch marks. So even if you are fit and healthy, it is still possible to develop them.