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How Do I Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

How Do I Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by in Chemical Peel, Cosmetic Treatments, Esthetics, Lasers, Microdermabrasion, Skin Care, Skin Conditions, Various

The medical term for stretch marks is striae distensae. Usually these occur when the skin is abnormally stretched in a short amount of time for example rapid growth during puberty, pregnancy, or significant weight gain. During this process, the skin’s support structure of collagen and elastin breaks down and starts to rupture. Stretch marks usually create a tread-mark appearance of the skin that rarely returns to its original appearance.  They can form anywhere on the skin, but most commonly appear on the arms, legs, stomach and buttocks.

            There appears to be a genetic tendency toward stretch marks, and that is why some people don’t get them.  However, the exact link and mechanism is not completely understood. All races are affected, and all ethnic groups can get stretch marks.

            How can I get rid of stretch marks?  Unfortunately, there is no great treatment to get rid of these marks.  Present treatments consists of topical creams, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and non-ablative laser treatments.  However, there is no magic potion for removing stretch marks.  There are a lot of creams, ointments, vitamin preparations and plant oils available that largely rely on some anecdotal evidence only.  I’ll list a few, but keep in mind that if there was a universal remedy, then this list would be very short.

            Any of the following have been used to help reduce the symptoms of stretch marks including; Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, plant oils including rose him, emu, jojoba, castor, sweet almond, avocado, and wheat germ.  In addition, you could try some of the infomercial products StriVectin-SD, Mederma, ScarSof Scar Softening cream, Anti-stretch mark concentrate, Maternity Solutions stretch mark cream, and Decleo stretch mark restructuring cream. These creams can be purchased on TV, at department stores, and on the Internet, but beware that none of them has substantiated evidence that they work and the cost may be substantial.

            Sadly, there is no miracle cure for stretch marks, but you might want to try a few creams to help reduce the redness and minimize the appearance.

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