Stretch marks are those streaks that usually occur on the abdomen, lower back, thighs, female breasts, upper arms, and flank due to excessive stretching of the skin. And with the elasticity of the skin, the stretch marks can be pulled back tight. So in this article, I have collected the insights and found the best way to get rid of stretch marks.
They ruin the beauty and charm of our look and make us feel disgraced to wear those sleeveless and knee-length dresses that we always wanted to wear at certain times.
Completely getting rid of stretch marks is quite difficult, if not impossible. Nowadays with advancements in the cosmetic industry, there are better ways to deal with this problem.
Many effective and harmless creams, gels and boosters are available in the market to deal with stretch marks.
But out of many options available to treat stretch marks, it is quite difficult to find the best ones which are particularly useful for the type of stretch mark that you have.
So by adequate knowledge of the type of stretch mark and its current state, you can choose the best treatment for your skin type.
Ways To Get Rid of Stretch Marks
There is no full-proof therapy for the treatment of stretch marks. Many dermatologists recommend treatment during early stages of stretch marks i.e. Striae rubrae (when they are fresh and red in color).
Once stretch marks get mature, they become white in color and then it becomes difficult to eradicate them.
So, there are two ways to get rid of stretch marks completely-
- Take preventive measures to not allow them to occur at all.
- Treatment and proper care during the early stages.
We will discuss both the ways to make sure that we can effectively deal with the stretch marks.
Take small steps and do not let stretch marks to occur in your body.
Prevention is always better than cure.
Following tips are quite effective for preventive measures:-
- Maintain your body weight. Significant body transformations for the sake of looking good can give extra stress to dermis leading to the breakdown of Collagen thereby forming stretch marks.
- Drink enough water. This will give adequate hydration to your body and skin so it will be less prone to get tear down due to stretch marks.
According to the National Academies Press, a recommended daily water intake for men should be 104 ounces and a daily water intake for women should be 72 ounces.
- Consume nutrient-rich food. Eating food rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, D, E, Zinc, and protein can boost your skin health. Choose unprocessed food with a mixed blend of nutrients like whole-wheat toast, milk, nuts, citrus, and mixed berries.
So just by taking the above small steps, you can prevent these marks to occur on your body.
Treatment and Proper Care
The following things will give a better outcome to get rid of stretch marks during early stages or to minimize the appearance during advanced stages –
- Consult a certified dermatologist to resolve marks. Make sure to convey about the type of medication you are taking and the problem you are facing.
- Apply anti-stretch mark creams. These medications are only effective if your stretch marks are fresh. When you apply topical medication cream to the infected area then it changes the layer of skin and rebuilds the collagen to reduce the stretch marks.
The use of the anti-stretch mark product is proved to be effective in reducing severity of the striae during pregnancy, prevents the appearance of new striae and halts progression of those already present. In women who had no striae at baseline, use of the anti-stretch mark cream was more effective than placebo in preventing new stretch marks.
- Laser Therapy. This could be one of the most expensive ways to get rid of stretch marks. This procedure needs a couple of sittings for the treatment but can make your marks less visible. Only consult certified surgeons for the procedure.
- Self-Tanning Lotions and Sprays. These cosmetic products can make your marks less noticeable by giving your skin an even tone.
- Exfoliate. Make sure to exfoliate your skin with scrubs and microdermabrasion to improve skin texture and to get a smoother feeling.
- Massage. This remedy is a topical therapy and is also used in scar management.
Types of Stretch Marks
Here are some insights on the type of stretch marks differentiated based on their clinical appearance and post disease occurrence-
- Striae Rubrae
- Striae Albae
- Striae Atrophicans
- Striae Distensae
- Striae Gravidarum
- Striae Nigra
- Striae Caerulea
Types of Stretch Marks Based on Color
These type of stretch marks are red in color and are often regarded as the early stage or acute stage of stretch marks.
Striae rubrae sometimes causes slightly raised linear lesions. It is a temporary striae.
It occurs due to the excessive stretching of the middle layer of the skin, called dermis.
At this acute stage, the red stretch marks can be healed by restoring collagen through various effective collagen boosters and creams.
These stretch marks are bit itchy and may grow over time.
These stretch marks are white in color and are often regarded as the advanced stage of stretch marks.
Striae albae is faded, atrophic, pale and often appears in the form of wrinkles. It is a permanent striae.
It may take a few months to a few years for your stretch marks to convert from the acute stage to the advanced stage.
At this advanced stage, it is not possible to completely get rid of white stretch marks through topical creams or collagen restoration.
However, their texture can be improved through treatments like microdermabrasion. Laser treatments are also done to restore the color.
Types of Stretch Marks Based on Other Factors
This type of stretch mark develops in those that have a certain medical condition like Cushing syndrome.
A thinned skin is seen as a consequence of this type of stretch mark due to the prolonged use of corticosteroids or after surgery.
Striae Distensae (SD) are common dermal lesions that arise due to the stretching of the dermis.
They occur during pregnancy (43% to 88%), obesity (43%) and puberty (6% to 86%).
Striae rubrae and Striae albae are the two forms of Striae Distensae.
These type of stretch marks are considered as secondary to Striae Distensae (SD) that occur as a result of pregnancy.
Around 45% percent of women develop Striae gravidarum within 24 weeks of gestation but typically it occurs during the 6th or 7th month of gestation.
However, many women who develop it during the first pregnancy, do not develop it during later pregnancies.
These are the black stretch marks that usually applicable to dark complexion skin types.
These are dark blue stretch marks that are also applicable to dark complexion skin types.
There is no perfect remedy to treat white stretch marks yet. They can get worse as you grow older because the skin loses it’s natural elasticity as you grow older.
Note: Stretch marks are not the sign of any health issue. But they are scary and rarely fade giving us a feeling of embarrassment.
Causes of Stretch Marks
It is obvious that the primary reason for the formation of stretch marks is the excessive stretching of the dermis which affects the collagen levels of the skin.
This stretching of the dermis can be a side effect of any condition described in Figure 1.
In the beginning, it will appear as a red or pink line, also known as Striae rubrae on your skin. With time the color changes to a silver thin line, also known as Striae albae with a shiny appearance.
Stretch marks are very common in pregnant women but they can also appear due to other causes (as described above) in both men and women.
It is always better to use safe, natural and hassle-free treatments to get rid of stretch marks. Although these treatments are useful, yet they can’t guarantee complete removal.
These days, there are many stretch mark removal creams and scar creams available in the market that usually does not cause any side-effect.
They are usually fairly priced and can be available over the counter. Even they can give desired results after some time if applied as recommended.
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