Stretch marks are scars left on the skin after it has been overstretched, causing the fibers in the middle layer of the skin to break. They usually appear on the legs, thighs, buttocks, stomach, breasts, upper arms, underarms, and hips. They follow any significant weight changes, and usually appear in puberty, pregnancy, and bodybuilding. Apart from not looking very nice, they are not dangerous for your heath.
The first signs of stretch marks are reddish or purple lines which then fade into a pale white color in the next several months. In addition, the skin becomes softer. If you have them, don’t be desperate, but rather try to do everything you can to get rid of stretch marks.
Stretch marks can be reduced and eliminated to a certain degree, but it’s much better to prevent them. You can do that by using special types of cremes to make your skin more elastic.
Regular exercise also helps in preventing and getting rid of stretch marks. It helps in toning your body, so the scars seem less apparent. Swimming is particularly effective. Also, drink enough water to avoid dehydration, that is 7 to 9 glasses a day.
There are many cremes and lotions that can help you get rid of stretch marks. Those that showed good results have the following ingredients: olive oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, rose hip oil, emu oil, jojoba oil, Shea butter, vitamins E, A, C. You can use some of these ingredients to make a remedy yourself. For example, mix oil from the avocado, or jojoba with a few drops of lavender and chamomile.
No matter what cream you decide to use, make sure you use it at least once a day. If you are pregnant, start in the fifth month of pregnancy. Otherwise, start using creams as soon as you notice them. They are especially effective if you massage them after a hot bath.
You can also use vitamin E gel which is sold in capsules. Open the capsule and rub it into the skin every day for two weeks.
Go sunbathing, it has proven to make stretch marks less visible, and the smaller ones even disappear. We just have to remind you to use a sunscreen if you want to avoid more serious problems than stretch marks.
Medical Procedures for Getting Rid of Stretch Marks
There are different medical procedures for getting rid of stretch marks, they are usually costly and a bit painful, but also give better results than the methods listed above.
Laser treatment is the most effective, particularly for newer stretch marks, but also the most expensive way to get rid of stretch marks. There are several different types of laser treatment, but in any case, it is based on the use of a concentrated beam of laser in order to remove thin layers of skin and at the same time the scars, too.
Microdermabrasion is the least painful and it works for older stretch marks. It uses crystals and then a vacuum tube to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin in order to encourage the growth of new skin cells.
Endermologie machines massage the skin so as to increase circulation and expel toxins.
If you have stretch marks under your belly button, you can opt for cosmetic surgery, more specifically a tummy tuck, whereby some of the skin below the belly button is removed. If you have stretch marks on other areas of your body, you can try plastic surgery.
A chemical peel treatment is something you can do at home, although it’s advisable to let a professional do it. It is very painful because a chemical solution is applied to the skin, after that it blisters and peels off until enough layers of skin are removed leaving a layer of skin without stretch marks.
As you can see, there is a variety of methods to get rid of stretch marks, now it’s up to you to choose the one that suits you best.