There's no mistake—CBD is everywhere. You can smoke it, vape it, put drops of it in your tea, and rub it on your stretch marks. I even watched someone buy a CBD drink with their chopped cheese at my local bodega, and that's when I knew this trend was going overboard. Legacy brands like Kiehl's and Josie Maran have hopped onto the trend with infused face oils, while smaller brands like Verte Essentials and Disciple Skincare have gained a loyal following in the booming $350 million CBD industry.
Even though the CBD hype is inescapable, so many people still don't know what it is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound derived from cannabis plants proven to reduce anxiety, soothe inflammation, and elevate mood. CBD is often conflated with its more stigmatized cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the chemical responsible for that euphoric, stoner high that you get from smoking weed. The cannabidiol used in most beauty products right now are derived from CBD-rich hemp, since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized its production. Cannabidiol won't get you high, but its calming effects can work wonders for the skin. CBD can be derived from any cannabis plant, but it's typically derived from hemp because of its low traces of THC.
All four of these events cause the skin to be pulled and stretched. When the skin stretches, it creates marks which look like parallel lines along the skin. The interesting thing about this is that everyone’s marks are different. While some develop them horizontally across their backs, others get vertical marks along their hips, and mothers usually develop them right across the abdomen.
Mental health problems can be the ones to blame. Depression and anxiety disorders in particular are known to result in binge eating disorders and the weight gain that they cause. Certain physical illnesses, such as diabetes, can cause dramatic weight gain too.
The Best Treatments for Stretch Marks
Laser treatments utilize the light of highly sensitive lasers to lift the microscopic layers of skin that surround the marks. The idea is that when this procedure is finished, the body creates new layers of healthy skin in place of the original mark. The laser therapy inherently spurs the body into healing the stretch marks itself.
However, this treatment is out of the financial reach of most people. While it is growing in popularity, and the results of such therapy can be awe-inspiring, topical creams and lotions remain the most popular treatment method. The results of these vary significantly but are generally less impressive.
Stretch marks are something that we all have to some extent. While some of us have more than others, the vast majority of people have at least a few stretch marks somewhere on their bodies. In fact, it’s estimated that 90% of us do. Unfortunately though, regardless of the fact that developing stretch marks is a perfectly natural part of a perfectly natural body, most people wish they could minimize their marks.