Stretch marks on stomach are a common problem that affects women who have just given birth to a child. They are also common among people who have suddenly lost a lot of weight. Stretch marks are formed when the skin is stretched beyond its normal range, causing damage to collagen and breakdown of the fibers in the dermis layer of the skin. They can be red, purple, pink, yellowish or white. Over time, stretch marks, which are basically scars, tend to fade and become less prominent. However, they rarely or almost never disappear on their own, which is why some sort of treatment is required.
Cosmetic approach to stretch marks removal
Microdermabrasion is a common cosmetic procedure that is used for various skin issues, including stretch marks removal. This procedure uses aluminum oxide crystals or zinc to destroy the layer of dead skin cells and remove it using a small vacuum.
Endermologie uses machines or devices that massage and work the skin by using rollers and mild suction. This removes waste and excess water build up underneath the skin and improves the circulation. Endermologie is also recommended for cellulite, however it requires several sessions before the first results start to show.
Laser surgery is best if used in initial stages of stretch marks because it basically makes the scars lighter and less visible. It also promotes the production of new collagen.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA treatments remove the layer of dead skin cells and promote the regeneration of the skin cells. This allows new, fresh layer of the skin to resurface, improves the skin’s tone, texture and elasticity.
Tretinoin creams are used on new stretch marks as they reduce the redness and make the scars less visible.
Natural approach to stretch marks
Natural approach is particularly useful in prevention of stretch marks and, as such, it is recommended for pregnant women and for persons who are on a diet plan designed to significantly reduce body weight.
It involves various natural remedies and ingredients, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, rose hip oil and jojoba oil. Vitamin E applied directly to the skin is also highly recommended. These remedies should be used frequently and regularly, for at least three or four weeks.
In addition to this, it is recommended to eat healthy, get plenty of vitamins and minerals, drink plenty of plain water and herbal teas and to exfoliate and moisturize daily.
These natural remedies can also be useful in eliminating the stretch marks that have already formed, but it takes a lot of persistence, time and dedication.