Here Are Some Methods To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks & What Are Things To Be Taken Care Of
- What are Stretch marks?
- How to prevent getting Stretch marks?
- What causes stretch marks?
- How to get rid of Stretch marks
Stretch marks are also known as striae. We tend to develop stretch marks when our body undergoes rapid expansion or a period of growth. We develop these at some point in our lives, hence making us highly conscious about it. Therefore, we are going to learn about how to get rid of stretch marks.
Owing to it is property of elasticity of the skin. Our skin can expand many folds whenever our body undergoes rapid periods of
- weight gain
- muscle gain
What are Stretch marks?
On a microscopic level, the skin undergoes multiple soft tissue injuries. And when it heals it leads to the formation of stretch marks. So, stretch marks are a form of scars. As stretch marks developed over time their colour changes.
While in its initial stage stretch marks are reddish-pink, also known as Striae Rubra. This is the phase when we can properly work on minimum scarring. However, as it gets older their colour changes from pinkish to purplish to White. At this stage, they are called Striae alba. It is quite difficult to treat them at this stage.
The key to minimising stretch marks is to target them at the earliest state possible. Before we jump into the treatment of stretch marks, let us just talk about how to prevent developing them.
How to prevent getting Stretch marks?
1. Avoid getting into crash diets for rapid phases of weight or muscle loss.
2. Moisturize your skin
In case you are pregnant always make sure that you moisturize your skin at least three to four times a day. You can pick simple moisturizers containing aloe vera, coconut oil, and shea butter. They help keep skin soft and supple.
3. Hyaluronic Acid Serums
The next option is to go for Hyaluronic Acid Serums. It increases the moisture content of your skin and visibly improves the appearance of stretch marks.
4. Centella Asiatica
The recent development in the prevention of stretch marks is Centella Asiatica. It is a very popular ingredient among Korean beauty products. It has been proven that it visibly improves the appearance of stretch marks while reducing inflammation and helping neocollagenesis.
What causes stretch marks?
1. Rapid phases of weight gain or loss and muscle gain or loss
2. Pregnancies – this stage is also known as Striae Gravidarum.
3. During puberty- When children have growth spurts.
4. Medication- Certain medication is taken for a long duration of time leads to the formation of striae. One of the most common medications amongst these are tropical and oral steroids.
Finally! How to get rid of Stretch marks?
1. Visit your dermatologist
It is always advisable to consult a doctor at the earliest stage of stretch marks as they are quite treatable.
2. Home Treatments
a) Moisturize as much as you can
b) Use home-based ingredients like honey, sugar, and lemon. Mix them all to make a Scrub. Use it once or twice a week so that you can remove the dead cells from the surface.
If you approach your dermatologist while your stretch marks are still in their developing phases, they are going to prescribe you Retinoids.
Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives. The most common retinoid that is prescribed to patients is known as Tretinoin. It helps in collagen formation while reducing inflammation.
Note: If you are pregnant, lactating, or planning to get pregnant you are supposed to avoid any form of retinoids.
4. Silicone gels
They are used to cure different kinds of scars as they help in the visible improvement of scars and increase collagen formation.
5. Office-Based Procedures
Apart from the medical treatment of stretch marks, you can also undergo several office-based procedures which are performed by a Dermatologist. Some of these procedures are
- Retinol peels
- Micro-needling or Derma Roller (with or without PRP)
- Kinds of lasers like
- Fractional CO2
- Intense pulsed light
- Micro-needling radio frequency
Even if you are left with some or many not able to get rid of stretch marks, you are still beautiful. The scars and stretch are the evidence you had managed to survive all the bumpy rides of life.
Kyuki Kuch Marks Ache Hai!