As the skin loses elasticity, pink or purple streaks may appear. These are stretch marks on the skin, which initially are characterized by a rather intense color, but fade with time.
However, the appearance and characteristics of stretch marks do not fade away on their own. Stretch marks appear most frequently on the thighs, buttocks, arms (generally around the armpits), abdomen and breasts.
Keep in mind that stretch marks are harmless and do not require medical attention, but if you have them and are ashamed of them, you will surely want to know some remedies to eliminate them.
Read on to find out if there is a way to say goodbye to stretch marks on the skin.
Causes of stretch marks on the skin
Before getting rid of your stretch marks, it is important to establish what is causing them:
- Rapid weight gain or loss
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids
- Stages of growth, especially adolescence
- Great increase in muscle mass, especially in the arms and legs
- Genetic disorders, such as Marfan syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (connective tissue diseases)
- Prolonged use of steroids
Stretch mark treatment
At this point, let’s see how stretch marks can be treated. As for “new” stretch marks, you can resort to the application of a tretinoin cream, which stimulates the production of collagen and therefore helps to regenerate the skin.
The cream only gives results in the first six weeks after the appearance of stretch marks. If you are expecting a baby, do not use this treatment because the effects of tretinoin on the fetus are not yet known.
Pulsed laser therapy (DYE) promotes the growth of collagen and elastin, so it can improve the appearance of relatively recent stretch marks.
These high intensity pulsed light treatments do not affect the most superficial layers of the skin, but cause intentional and controlled damage to the chromophores (cells of a certain color) present in the dermis.
As for “old” stretch marks, there are several options. Microdermabrasion, for example, is a non-invasive treatment that gently exfoliates the skin with small crystals.
This technique involves only the outermost layer of the skin and promotes the growth of new surface cells.
Excimer lasers, on the other hand, promote the development of melanin in stretch marks on the skin and help rebalance skin pigmentation. One therapy that works on old and new stretch marks is the chemical peel with glycolic acid.
First, the doctor cleans the area to be treated and then applies the chemical solution to intentionally injure the skin, causing it to regenerate.
Natural treatments against stretch marks on the skin
There are also various creams, such as cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin E creams that you can use in the comfort of your home and that can be of great help.
The creams keep the skin lubricated and rebalance its pigmentation. Some people claim to have achieved excellent results thanks to these creams, others, however, have not noticed any improvement.
Other common topical treatments include castor oil, olive oil, fruit acids, seaweed bandages, and other medicinal plants.
You can reduce the appearance of stretch marks with creams and, based on a number of factors, you can almost completely eliminate them thanks to surgery. Unfortunately, there are no techniques or methods that can completely eliminate the signs of stretch marks once they have taken on the light color.