Are there any effective treatments to remove stretch marks?
Stretch marks are purplish streaks and scars that normally appear on the buttocks, hips, abdomen, breast, and arms. They form when the dermis (the middle elastic layer of your skin) is stretched to the point of breaking down, similar to elastic losing its elasticity. As the elasticity breaks down, the skin tries to reinforce itself with collagen in the over stretched skin, thus causing stretch marks. Factors that contribute to the formation of stretch marks are: Heredity:- Some skin types are just genetically predisposed. If your mother had stretch marks, the chances are that you will too. Weight:- Excessively rapid weight gain as found in pregnancy and bodybuilding or on the other hand excessive weight loss. Skin type:- Some skin types are dryer than others thus having less elasticity. Well-hydrated skin tends to have more elasticity. Removal and prevention of stretch marks: Surgical methods:- Dermabrasion, chemical peel, and advancement in laser treatments can be used to treat stretc
* Skin Creams and Lotions – Lotions containing cocoa butter are rumored to not only help reduce stretch marks, but to help prevent them entirely. Any cream or oil that is made specifically for the prevention or treatment of stretch marks will help keep your skin healthy and elastic. * Vitamin A, E & C – Supplementing these vitamins may help increase the strength and elasticity of the collagen within your skin and reducing your chance of forming stretch marks. * Stay hydrated. # Time – Stretch marks, like all types of scarring fade over time. # Retin-A (Tretinoin) – 0.1% Tretinoin creams have been shown to significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. These creams work best when used on fresh stretch marks. (do not use this is you are currently pregnant though) # Exfoliate daily – use a loofah or scrunchy to remove daily. # Stretch Mark Creams and Lotions – Using creams and lotions that heal and beautify your skin can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The following ingredi