When it comes to fading or getting rid of stretch marks, you might be asking yourself some pretty key questions. Can you get rid of stretch marks? What is the best way to get rid of stretch marks? What helps to get rid of stretch marks? Is it even possible to get rid of stretch marks?
These are all really good questions. I hope that I can answer them, and more, here for you today, or at least get you to the right resources where you might find the answer you are looking for. So let’s get to it.
How are Stretch Marks Formed?
Before we delve into what can be done about stretch marks or whether or not you can prevent them or even get rid of them, we need to quickly discuss how and why they are formed.
We all know that our skin is flexible. It can be stretched and pulled and squeezed and pinched. If we gain weight slowly, or as we naturally grow from child to adult, our skin grows and adapts to our body shape and size.
However, if parts of our bodies grow faster than they usually do, like in pregnancy for women or when body building for men, sometimes our skin can’t keep up with the changes. The skin can’t grow and stretch fast enough.
When this happens, the elastic fibers just under the skin surface can actually break, which manifests as stretch marks. New stretch marks start out red or purple in color, but fade to white, grey, or silvery grey.
The Who and Where of Stretch Marks
Studies show that nearly 90% of pregnant women will develop stretch marks. This mostly occurs in the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. There really aren’t that many women that can avoid them entirely. Even more against us, genetics plays a role in stretch mark development. Meaning that if your mother had stretch marks the chances that you will get stretch marks increases.
Stretch marks can appear almost anywhere, but the most common places are the stomach and breast of women and biceps and shoulders of men. And when it comes to skin tone, stretch marks are not selective. All skin types are susceptible to stretch marks, however people with lighter complexions develop stretch marks that are pinkish in color whereas those with darker skin get marks that are lighter than their natural skin tone.
Can You Get Rid of Stretch Marks? – The Big Question
The short answer is no, you cannot ever truly get rid of stretch marks once you have them. The damage that is done to the tissues is permanent. There is no magic cream or lotion that makes them go away completely.
Also, there is no way to prevent them. Again, there is no cream or lotion that can prevent you from getting stretch marks. It just doesn’t exist.
However, there are ways to reduce their appearance both before and after they appear. Depending on when you start treatment or prevention methods and which of the different techniques you utilize, you could reduce their appearance so that they are nearly unnoticeable, but they will still be there.
So keep in mind that when I am talking about getting rid of stretch marks, I am really talking about reducing their appearance, not actually making them go away. Check out the results of this study.
So, What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
Prevention and/or early treatment. Creams that are specifically formulated to reduce the appearance of stretch marks can be very effective, if they are used under the right conditions.
The best time to use stretch mark creams is during pregnancy (as a sort of preventative measure) and during the early onset of marks appearing. When stretch marks are new, when they are red or purple in appearance, stretch mark creams are much more effective.
At this stage, when the marks are red or purple, the tissue of the skin hasn’t hardened and is much more responsive to medication. It is similar to cuts in the skin. Early treatment with creams like Neosporin can help heal cut without leaving scar tissue. If the skin is allowed to harden and not kept moisturized during the healing process, scar tissue is more likely to form.
During pregnancy, keeping the skin hydrated with some type of moisturizing cream can help in the long run for reducing stretch marks, but again, it will not prevent them. At the least, it will make your skin feel better and look better with a smoother appearance and well toned. The cream will help reduce the itchiness that can come from your quickly growing belly.
One of the best lotions for stretch marks during pregnancy is Premium Naturals’ Striafade. This cream is formulated with many ingredients that are known to help with keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized. Check out my review of Striafade for more information.
External hydration with a cream like Premium Naturals’ Striafade is more effective when internal hydration is also maintained. So drink plenty of water as this will help hydrate the skin from the inside.
Also, maintaining a proper diet that is rich in vitamins and nutrients that are known to help maintain health skin is a good idea. Under rapid growth, your skin will need all the help it can get to keep up.
How to Get Rid of White Stretch Marks
So what about white stretch marks, or stretch marks that have been around for a while? I mentioned earlier that creams and lotions are not effective on older stretch marks, but that doesn’t mean there is no treatment.
The process for treating older stretch marks is a bit more aggressive and mechanical. Surgical treatment, usually with lasers or active removal, is one option. This usually requires multiple treatments and many visits to a clinic where the treatments are performed.
Another option is microdermabrasion, which is non-surgical and can be done in the luxury of your own home. The process of microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of skin in the area of treatment. This stimulates new skin cell growth that can replace or mask the stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion has been used for years in the removal of acne scars and dark spots that appear on the skin. It can be just as effective in reducing the appearance of old stretch marks.
Fortunately, there are now home microdermabrasion kits that are easy to purchase and use in the privacy and convenience of your own home. There are portable microdermabrasion kits that easily fit in a purse or small bag. There are counter top microdermabrasion kits that come with a multitude of attachments and features. And there are large, upright systems that are usually used in facial treatments, but could also be used for treatment of stretch marks.
Getting Rid of Stretch Marks – The Takeaways
To summarize, using specifically formulated creams such as Striafade can be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks when used early on before stretch marks appear or when they are young and reddish or purple in color.
Older, lighter colored stretch marks cannot be treated with creams and lotions, but microdermabrasion is an option for reducing their appearance.
The most important thing for dealing with stretch marks is hydration and nutrition. Your body can do amazing things when it is well hydrated and getting the right nutrition. You might not be able to completely avoid getting stretch marks, but you sure can keep them from becoming an issue.