Has body-building left you with stretch marks?

Posted on 02 Mar, 2012

Stretch marks can be an unfortunate side effect of bodybuilding, as the skin is put under pressure to stretch in order to accommodate a rapidly-increasing muscle mass. They can appear anywhere on the body, in any area that is exposed to weight gain or even weight loss. They do tend, however, to appear on the arms, chest and thighs of those who practice bodybuilding.

In a sport that prizes the body beautiful, stretch marks can be an unpleasant and even embarrassing affliction. The texture and feel of the tissue are different from that of the normal healthy skin tissue around it, making it stand out. Stretch marks are also different in colour, often appearing as red or purple lines before fading gradually to a silvery colour.

Stretch mark removal can help to effectively even out the skin tone and reduce the appearance of the scar tissue. A combination of microdermabrasion and laser treatment can offer real relief from the marks, removing the damaged superficial layers of skin. The laser also stimulates the production of collagen which is so essential to the healthy new skin, as well as kick-starting the body’s own skin renewal process.