Posted on September 14, 2011 with No Comments
One of the negative side effects of working out are stretch marks on your arms and chest. These marks occur when your muscles are expanding but your skin cannot keep up it’s elastic properties. This happen to most men that work out more than two times a week. Stretch marks on arms or on your chest are embarrassing but are totally treatable.
It’s one thing to burn fat and get trim, but it is another to have dark purple marks to deal with after you get in shape. The stretch marks usually occur around the chest and shoulder area. The stretch marks are caused when the collagen bonds in your skin cannot not be replicated fast enough to keep up with your bodies growth.
The marks are actually microscopic rips in the fabric of your skin, the rips allow the skin more skin to stretch ie stretch mark. It is not easy to prevent them because you are getting them through muscle gain. Vitamin B, E and C will help keep the skin healthy so will drinking plenty of water.
Chances are you will get stretch marks if you work out often so here is how you can help get rid of them once and for all. Make sure you eat a low fat diet with plenty of color. Your plate should have at least 6 different colors on it. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Meat is fine to eat, but for better results be sure to trim off all the extra fat.
Try to gain weight in intervals instead of beefing up all at once. This will allow your skin to slowly stretch and reduce the chance of stretch marks. Hydration is the key when it comes to stretch marks so find a stretch mark cream to apply on the stretch marks multiple times a day to help them go away.
The cream should contain Hyaluronic Acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid. These ingredients are what helps get rid of the broken collagen bond and allow your body to produce new ones which in time will fade the stretch marks completely. If you do have some stubborn ones always remember you can cover them up until they heal.