Stretch marks that look like white and purple scars affect almost 90% of women after pregnancy. They can also appear in men and adolescents. Stretch marks are seen as a problem and everyone wants to get rid of them. In this article, we decided to find out how to deal with them effectively, and what methods do not work at all.

Why Do Stretch Marks Appear? Who Can Get Them?

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Stretch marks, also known as striae, occur when the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching. This is also the reason why scars can form. They affect not only women after pregnancy, but also:

  • teenagers that suddenly grew up during the summer
  • athletes who are very physically active
  • bodybuilders who gain and lose weight
  • people taking steroids
  • people who’ve lost weight rapidly
  • people who’ve gained weight rapidly
  • people who’ve undergone breast enlargement surgery
  • people with thin skin
  • people who have a genetic predisposition
  • people with hormonal failure
  • people suffering from Cushing’s disease or Marfan syndrome

Products That Can Prevent Stretch Marks But Not Cure Them

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The most popular products that claim to remove stretch marks are just a marketing gimmick or myth. Yes, if you want to prevent stretch marks, these products work very well. But don’t assume that they will help you get rid of existing scars.

Specialty creams and lotions are just moisturizing creams and lotions. They cannot remove stretch marks from the skin.

Cosmetic products that contain tretinoin (vitamin A that acts against pimples), collagen, and hyaluronic acid do not help to eliminate stretch marks, despite their properties as active ingredients.

Oils (coconut, almond, olive, those with vitamin E, shea oil, and others) will not erase stretch marks, even if you massage your skin regularly.

Such medicinal herbs like aloe cannot remove scars, although the wisest representatives of traditional medicine promise that they will.

An Effective Home Method

Unfortunately, it is impossible to get rid of stretch marks. Fortunately, that is not so bad because scars do not affect our health. But if these marks bother you, you can try to make them less visible.

If you pay enough attention to your problem, you can improve the situation without leaving your home. And there is only one option: rub and peel.

Coffee, honey, and sugar body scrubs can help simply because these products are exfoliating. They remove the top layer of scars and gradually make stretch marks look more like healthy skin so they are less visible.

Reliable Professional Methods

Of course, you can get a perfect result with the help of a cosmetologist or surgeon. There are many methods to help fight stretch marks using modern technology.

Peeling. Unlike scrubs made from mild natural components, peeling procedures involve the effect of harsh chemicals. In most cases, local anesthesia can be used.

Microdermabrasion. It is a very painful procedure as it removes several layers of the epidermis with the help of aluminum oxide crystals. The method is to force younger and younger skin to grow faster.

Laser. Laser therapy is one of the newest and most effective methods against stretch marks. Microdermabrasion devices, such as lasers, remove the skin and affect the deeper layers. Sometimes the procedure is done under general anesthesia. As for the advantages, it is not that expensive and there is little chance of having an adverse reaction.

Plastic surgery. Sometimes people turn to this method to remove damaged skin and replace it with healthier skin. These operations are quite expensive and take much longer to recover, up to 8 months in some cases. In addition, surgical scars may appear after the operation.

Mesotherapy. Many useful substances are included in mesotherapy injections, such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins. It is very suitable if you want to prevent stretch marks and is much more effective than creams and lotions that contain the same substances.

How Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?

Even if you already have stretch marks, you need to know how to prevent new ones from forming.

Your diet must be balanced and contain all the necessary vitamins and elements. Most of them influence the heel and the elasticity of the skin.

Drink a lot of water. The elasticity of the skin depends on the amount of moisture it contains.
Watch your weight. Don’t lose or gain weight too fast.

Watch your weight. Don’t lose or gain weight too fast.

Hydrate and nourish your skin. If you don’t have scars, lotions, oils, and creams work well. If you apply them during a massage, your skin will be more elastic, elastic, and healthy.

What do you think of stretch marks? Should we get rid of them or love our bodies as they are

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