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How to Lose Stretch Marks

how to lose stretch marks

Stretch marks on the skin

If you have stretch marks on your skin, you’ve probably tried every remedy under the sun to get rid of them. Known by their red, purple or pink striped indentations, stretch marks are an unwelcome visitor to the skin. Stretch marks, medically referred to as “striae” are typically a result of rapid weight loss or weight gain or growth spurts. It’s no surprise that stretch marks are a frequent occurrence during pregnancy, when a woman’s abdomen is growing tremendously in a matter of months.

Who gets stretch marks?

The answer is anyone can develop stretch marks. As we mentioned, the major causes of stretch marks are pregnancy, weight gain and sudden growth spurts. A literal stretching of the skin occurs before a mark develops. Heredity also plays a role in determining who develops those unappealing looking marks.

Pre-stretch prevention tips

Once your skin has the telltale marks on it, it’s extremely difficult to get rid of them. The key in keeping your skin stretch mark-free is prevention and proper skincare techniques. Regardless of your skin type, you should be moisturizing every day with a highly emollient moisturizer containing glycerin, cocoa butter and shea butter. Products containing hydrating oils such as avocado oil, jojoba oil and grape seed oil are also excellent at keeping the skin supple and moisturized. If you are pregnant, it is especially important to rub a moisturizer or hydrating oil on your belly two times a day to prevent unsightly marks from forming. Skin that is well-hydrated has a better opportunity to stretch without leaving  a mark behind.

Saying goodbye to marks

Yes, it’s true that once you get the marks on your skin, they are not so easy to get rid of. But don’t lose faith if you already have stretch marks. Once you see the beginnings of the marks on your skin, act fast to stop them from getting worse. When the marks are a reddish or purple hue, this is your best chance of treating them completely. Topical products that contain glycolic acid and vitamin C may increase collagen production and help to erase the marks. Another ingredient that has showed promise in the area of stretch mark removal are the class of ingredients called retinoids.

Lasers get the marks out

If you’re serious about bidding farewell to your stretch marks, then booking an appointment for a laser treatment is hands down the best route to go. Fractionated lasers, which treat only a fraction of the skin at a time, are extremely effective in targeting stretch marks that have already gone past the initial stage. The KTP laser works wonders at getting rid of stretch marks that are still red and purple in color and have not yet turned into the white or silver stripes. With the KTP laser, there is no downtime and you can get back to normal activities right away. However the fractional laser will leave redness. But stretch marks are typically in places that can be covered up by clothing, which means you can resume your normal schedule immediately. Stretch marks can be quite an eyesore on your skin. The most common causes of stretch marks are rapid weight gain and weight loss, growth spurts and pregnancy. Typical places stretch marks occur are on the abdomen, breasts, thighs and buttocks. A good skincare regimen can help prevent stretch marks from forming, including daily moisturizing of the entire body. If you already have stretch marks, the most effective stretch mark removal treatments are laser therapies, such as fractional CO2 laser and KTP laser.

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