Stretch marks are caused when the skin changes shape too quickly and are a common occurrence during adolescence and pregnancy. When this happens the skin tears leaving you with scars just under the skin that look a bit like stripes. The sooner you embark on stretch marks treatment the better chance you have of getting rid of stretch marks altogether. If you have had stretch marks for years though don’t worry as there are a number of stretch mark removal options to try.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks
The best way to initially try and remove stretch marks is with home remedies. For people who have recently got stretch marks like pregnant women or body builders, a good moisturiser rubbed into the skin once a day can often do the trick. Other home remedies for stretch marks include lemon juice, cocoa butter, and guta cola. These either work by bleaching the skin surrounding the stretch marks (as in the case of lemon juice) or by promoting the growth of skin cells in the area.
Stretch Mark Creams
Ingredients like retinoids, salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acid are found in almost all stretch mark lotions and creams available on the market today. They work by breaking down the proteins found in dead skin cells allowing younger skin with a more natural skin tone to take its place. Stretch mark creams are also known for being great exfoliators and can also be used to reduce other blemishes.
Surgical Stretch Mark Removal
Laser treatment for stretch marks is the most common surgical stretch mark removal treatment. Laser surgery works by removing the top layers of skin and scar tissue which encourages new skin to grow back in its place. Other surgical stretch mark removal treatments include dermabrasion and microdermabrasion which work in a similar way but instead use a fine blade to remove the upper layers of skin and promote skin growth. Both of these methods are known for their success rates but they are usually used as a last alternative after other stretch mark treatment methods have been tried.
Preventing Stretch Marks
Of course the best way to treat stretch marks is to prevent them in the first place. Research has shown that cocoa butter and stretch mark creams containing this ingredient are highly effective in preventing stretch marks in the first place. Creams and lotions containing vitamin E are also said to be beneficial.