Various Treatments for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a common sight amongst most men and women. They can ruin a perfectly good looking skin by making it seem old, flaccid and generally, grotesque. These marks can even cause the most outgoing people to shy away from showing off their skin to anyone.

The sad fact about stretch marks especially for women is that they are hardly preventable. Most people, if not all people, fall victim to stretch marks at least once in their lives. This is because stretch marks occur as our bodies mature and develop.

For example, stretch marks are known to occur in most people during puberty, pregnancy or when you rapidly gain weight. They also occur when you rapidly expose your body to abrupt changes in size such as indulging in very rigorous physical exercises.

It is important for you to know various treatments for stretch marks as escaping from stretch marks may prove to be quite a difficult and impossible task. Treatments for stretch marks vary in their effectiveness and intensity. In this article, we will showcase for you some of the most commonly used treatments for stretch marks.

The most effective treatments for stretch marks are classified into the following categories; proven topical treatments, unproven topical treatments, dietary related treatments, laser treatments and surgical treatments.

We shall break down these categories for you so that you can have an idea of what options you have in each category.

1. Proven Topical Treatments for Stretch Marks

Topical treatments for stretch marks refer to medicinal substances that are applied on the skin’s surface to rid it of stretch marks. Medicinal substances that fall within this category include; moisturizer, retin A, glycolic acid, and vitamin E oil.

The uses and properties of these specific medicinal substances under this category are explained below;

a) Moisturizer

Moisturizer improves the appearance and elasticity of your skin. It also improves your skin’s hydration level. Your skin is therefore capable of coping with sudden changes to your body that have initially caused your stretch marks to appear.

You are therefore advised to apply moisturizers directly on your stretch marks. You should also apply moisturizer on skin areas that are likely to develop stretch marks due to any imminent changes in your body physique.

In case you find moisturizer to be too expensive you have a viable alternative i.e. you can simply take equal portions of olive oil, aloe vera and wheat germ oil and mix them up in a bowl. This will create a healthy and well balanced moisturizer that contains all the medicinal properties your skin needs.

b) Retin A

Retin A is scientifically known as Retinoic Acid cream. It has been known to treat stretch marks quite effectively. This is because it contains powerful collagen production properties that help your skin to stretch outwards.

However, Retin A is not safe for use by just everyone. It is off bounds to pregnant women and nursing mothers. This is due to the fact that some of its chemical compounds can actually lead to birth defects. These defects are only possible if the user of the topical treatment is either pregnant or nursing a baby at the time of application.

You should also expose yourself to as little sunlight as possible when you are using it. This is because too much sunlight exposure after you have applied Retin A on your skin will cause your skin to burn.

c) Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid increases the collagen production levels in your skin. This makes your skin more and more elastic and therefore more capable of getting rid of stretch marks quickly. It also prevents any further stretch marks from developing.

Unlike Retin A, glycolic acid is safe to use during pregnancy. This will serve as a relief to many expected mothers who are trying to deal with stretch marks which develop on their abdomen, hips and thighs during their pregnancies.

However, you should not expose your skin to too much sunlight if you are currently applying glycolic acid on your skin.

You can actually use glycolic acid together with Retin A as long as you adhere to the health guidelines governing the use of both substances.

d) Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil is recommended for women who have been pregnant before and are now expecting another child. It has been known to bring about dramatic results in such women. So successful is it that it has come to be known as the miracle cure for stretch marks on this particular group of women.

2. Unproven Topical Treatments for Stretch Marks

These topical treatments have not been subjected to any rigorous testing in labs or medical research centers. There effects therefore remain unproven. They are mostly composed of homemade essential oils. The most commonly used essential oils as treatments for stretch marks include; rose, lavender, frankincense, myrrh, geranium and helichrysum.

3. Dietary related treatments for stretch marks

They basically involve an increased level of Vitamin C in your body through your choice of diet. You can either choose to take oral supplements of Vitamin C or just add more fruits such as oranges to your diet.

Vitamin C has been known to reduce stretch mark appearances on the skin. This has been confirmed by various dermatologists through various scientific tests and studies .

4. Laser Treatments for Stretch Marks

There are two kinds of laser treatments for stretch marks i.e. laser resurfacing treatments and vascular lasers treatments. The latter is used to treat old stretch marks while the former is used to treat relatively new stretch marks.

Vascular treatment works less effectively in treating stretch marks when it comes to women with darker skin. This is due to the fact that the treatment achieves the best results when there is a huge contrast between the reddish stretch marks and the patient’s skin pigmentation.

Laser resurfacing on the other hand runs the risk of bearing scars or a hyper skin pigmentation for the patient.

5. Surgical Treatments for Stretch Marks

This simply involves a surgical process to cut out the areas of the skin that bear stretch marks and then have the skin regenerate itself to cover the area where the initial stretch marks were.

It should be your very last option. This is because most surgeries bear dire consequences for the patient if any should go wrong during the surgery. Though this is unlikely it is hardly ever impossible.