10 Ways to Help Remove Stretch Marks
It’s incredibly rare to go through life without gaining stretch marks. You can get them after a growth spurt during your teenage years, you can develop them during pregnancy, and even if you put on a little weight.
So, while you might much rather pretend they don’t exist, for most of us they definitely do – and they’re absolutely 100% normal.
Thankfully the body positivity movement has done so much to help us be more accepting of our bodies, and as we begin to embrace the skin we’re in, it’s easier to realise we’re all dealing with our own body issues.
However, if stretch marks are your bugbear, and you want to try and tackle them head on, then enjoy our guide that delves into some of the top things you can do so stretch marks go away.
Skin stretching rapidly is what causes stretch marks. It can happen during adolescence, pregnancy, and weight gain. At first stretch marks are more pronounced and can look like reddish stripes across the skin, gradually they tend to fade to a pale silvery finish.
However, if you’re wondering, ‘how long does it take for stretch marks to fade’, then rest assured most people see a change in the appearance of their stretch marks after six to 12 months. If you want to give your stretch marks a helping hand in the fading department, then a course of microneedling could help. It’s a quick and natural procedure that works to boost your skin’s collagen and in turn helps to fill out those stretch marks.
Apply a Specialist Cream
There are loads of creams on the market for stretch marks, and whatever your budget, you’ll be able to find one in your price range. The best ingredients to look out for are -
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Coconut Oil
Just remember, stretch marks are not bad. They are part of your body’s natural response to skin being stretched.
Invest in Skin Tightening
Feeling good about our bodies can often feel like an uphill struggle. If you want a little helping hand at getting to that feel good place, then a skin tightening procedure may help. You can get stretch marks from losing weight, or if you’ve been through pregnancy. So if you’d like to tighten your skin and improve its surface texture, then consider skin tightening. It’s a combination of vacuum, infrared light and radio-frequency.
Open your kitchen cupboards and chances are you’ll find something that could help in the battle against stretch marks. Try mixing sugar, coconut oil, and lemon juice together until you’ve got a firm paste. Then rub onto your stretch marks. Simple and cheap!
Fake It ‘til You Make it
Forget all the endless doom scrolling asking what do stretch marks mean and are stretch marks permanent? If you want a quick and easy answer to your stretch mark worries, simply hit the fake tan. It can instantly help to blur the appearance of any skin blemish. And if fake tan isn’t your thing, a little touch of waterproof body foundation will do the trick too.
How many times have you heard someone tell you to drink more water?! Well, it’s true – especially if you want to keep your skin looking its best. Keep yourself topped up with water and you’ll be doing your body a big favour for whatever comes its way.
Stretch Mark Tattoo Camouflage
It’s true you can tattoo over stretch marks. If you’re not happy with your stretch marks, then our stretch mark tattoo camouflage option may be right for you. This treatment is basically a form of micro-pigmentation.
Our skilled skin professionals match pigments to your skin tone and then work to blend and fill your stretch marks so that they blur back into your skin. It’s a clever way to help disguise your stretch marks, especially if you’ve tried creams and found that they’ve failed to give you the desired result.
Stay One Step Ahead
For many of our clients, ‘How to prevent stretch marks’ is the big question. And it’s really about always staying one step ahead of your body.
That may sound simple, but it’s not always the case.
Sure, you can plan for a pregnancy, and if you’re aware your body will be undergoing some dramatic changes in shape then, definitely whip out the Bio Oil.
Take a Supplement
It’s a great idea to take a supplement that supports your skin health, and there are quite a few readily available.
While no supplement can promise miracle results, they may certainly help boost your skin’s ability to deal with stretch marks. Look out for ingredients such as -
- Vitamins C, E, D
- Hyaluronic Acid
Treat your Skin to IPL
If you have new stretch marks that are red or pink in colour then a course of IPL – Intense Pulsed Light – could help deal with them.
IPL stimulates your skin’s collagen production so it can get to work on fading your stretch marks.
However - IPL won’t work with older stretch marks that have faded so it’s only worth considering this option if your stretch marks are new.
Book a Free Consultation
Speak to the experts at Este Medical Group to see how we can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.