One of the most common concerns of women undergoing the normal course of pregnancy, apart from the usual hormonal and emotional changes, is getting stretch marks. But most of us are well aware that this skin dilemma can affect anyone regardless of age or gender, and does not exclusively affect pregnant women. At one point in our lives, we experience it whether due to the growth spurt brought about by adolescence, weight gain or other factors that significantly stretch or tear the skin beyond its limit, leaving unsightly and stubborn vein-like marks and scars in the process.

Some say you’re born with it-- if your mother has it, then there’s a good chance you’ll get it too.On the other hand, some are able to maintain their flawless bellies even after a full term pregnancy, and attribute it to their lucky genes. Well regardless of which type one belongs to, the reality we normally believe is that these can be hard to eliminate, especially if it had already passed the early stage where it could have been remedied or prevented. It can stay with us for life.

It is a relief that there are more ways available now to get rid of stretch marks. Aside from the age old remedy passed on to us for generations-- to regularly and generously moisturize the affected area with Cocoa butter, Shea butter, vitamin E or any rich oil-based creams and lotions, the more stubborn stretch marks can benefit with the help of advanced formula creams that also lighten and fade discolorations. With our state-of-the art modern technology, finding the best stretch mark cream or laser treatment in the market today is an easy feat.

I believe the best way to deal with stretch marks or any physical imperfection in general, is not to despise yourself for having it, but to accept that it's a part of your body that does not diminish your self-worth. Arm yourself with knowledge and endeavor to find the best treatment suited for you, because no one but you alone, have the power of choice to decide what you believe is perfect for your body and well-being.

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