Stretch marks are practically every woman’s nightmare. But hey! They don’t discriminate because men can have them too!
Considering the many changes that a woman’s body goes through – weight gain, weight loss, and pregnancy among others – stretch marks are somewhat an inevitability.
While its exact cause remains a mystery to this day, medical professionals think it’s due to excessive skin stretching in prone areas of the body. One thing is for sure though, stretch marks are very frustrating and something those who have them wish they could get rid of for good.
If you’re looking for ways to make those stubborn and unsightly lines go away, you’re in luck.
Listed below are popular methods of removing (or reducing the visibility of) stretch marks. Who knows? One or a couple of these might work for you!
This is perhaps one of the simplest and cheapest ways to get rid of stretch marks. Exfoliating regularly helps lighten the markings by removing dead surface skin and facilitating the growth of new skin cells.
Exfoliation is usually recommended alongside other treatments as it helps boost their effects.
Creams and Ointments
Topical treatments, particularly those that contain retinol or Hyaluronic Acid, are another affordable method to lighten stretch marks, but not completely remove them. You can buy the creams and ointments over the counter, or you can ask your doctor to prescribe one for you to make sure they don’t trigger an allergic reaction.
Creams and ointments, however, do not yield the same result for everybody. There’s a chance they might not work for you at all.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that renews the skin and improves its texture.
The process makes use of tiny exfoliating crystals sprayed and rubbed all over the affected skin area. When the crystals are removed afterward, they also take the dead skin cells with them, leaving you with fresher skin – although it may look red and dry right after.
Those interested in undergoing microdermabrasion should be aware that it’s not a one-time treatment. Moreover, it isn’t guaranteed to get rid of stretch marks totally — but it does make them look better.
Microneedling presents a suitable (and almost as effective) alternative to those who are hesitant to try laser treatments or think that they’re too much of a splurge.
The thing is, the procedure involves poking your skin with micro-fine needles to stimulate elastin and collagen production and trigger your body’s wound healing process. Increased collagen and elastin levels promote skin regeneration, which in turn enhances the skin’s appearance and reduces stretch marks.
Laser therapy is a common but expensive solution to white stretch marks. The treatment uses lasers to trigger skin regeneration and activate melanin production on the affected area, so it blends with the normal color of your skin.
Since it’s almost impossible to erase stretch marks completely, the goal of laser treatment is to improve the skin’s texture and appearance.
Both microneedling and laser therapy require multiple sessions and take time for the results to manifest. Patience is a must when undergoing these procedures since you may not get to see the effects of the treatment until after three or four months.
When to Seek Expert Advice
Topical stretch-mark remedies sold online or over-the-counter can be expensive and yet, they often yield underwhelming results. Before spending time and money on them to no avail, you should consider consulting a board-certified dermatologist first.
A dermatologist can walk you through the different treatment options that might work for you and your budget, or help you find more suitable and effective products for your stretch marks at the very least.