Stretch marks also known as striae are linear scars that affect the thin layer of the skin when the corollaries are rapidly stretched and the collagen in the skin is damaged. The result is the appearance of dark pink and purple stretch marks that later turn into dark black or white scars. Our skin is elastic and can tolerate some amount of stretching. However, due to factors like puberty, pregnancy, weight lifting or excess weight gain or loss, the skin is stretched rapidly and you can see the appearance of unsightly stretch marks.
Dark, ugly stretch marksare commonly seen around the stomach, buttocks, thighs, upper arms and breasts. There are many surgical and cosmetic measures that can help in getting rid of dark stretch marks for good. Laser treatments, retinoid creams and peptide containing creams are used for the removal of stretch marks.
However, most of these treatments have some or the other side effect, like retinoid creams are strictly prohibited for pregnant women and laser treatments are extremely pricey. Here are some of the treatments and home remedies that can remove stretch marks for good.
Tips On How To Remove Stretch Marks
Using Cosmetic Treatments
One of the popular cosmetic treatments for removal of stretch marks is chemical peels. This is a treatment measure wherein the layers of skin are injected with a chemical solution. This solution peels the outer layers of the skin and helps in regeneration of new cells.
This also helps in dermis damaged fibers being repaired. Along with this laser treatment is also quite helpful in removing stretch marks. A ray of light is focused on the scar which helps in its disintegration and subsequent regeneration. Microdermabrasion is another treatment measure which helps in polishing the surface of the skin and stimulating the growth of new skin.
Exfoliating the skin on a regular basis using exfoliating skin creams and a loofah helps in the removal of dead skin cells and regeneration of new cells Along with this hot baths and massaging with oils can help in increased blood circulation and regeneration of new cells.
Using Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is an excellent home remedy for stretch marks. You can use aloe vera creams available in the market or use the fresh gel directly from the plant. Just take some aloe vera and apply it on the stretch marks to reduce its intensity.
Using Cocoa Butter
Derived from the fat of the cocoa beans, cocoa butter is an excellent remedy for prevention and removal of stretch marks. Apply the cocoa butter on the stretch marks to keep the skin hydrated and flexible. The cocoa butter goes into the skin and repairs skin damage that results in stretch marks.
This in turn helps in reducing the stretch marks. Apart from cocoa butter, shea butter, grapeseed oil, emu oil, vitamin E gel and creams containing Vitamin A and Vitamin C also help in getting rid of stretch marks. These methods for removing stretch marks are not very effective. Complete removal of the dark, black stretch marks is impossible unless you opt for surgical procedures like tummy tucks.