Many people want to know whether stretch marks ever really go away or not. The truth is, the answer is uncertain. However, what is certain, is that stretch marks can be reduced significantly- and almost appear to be go away- by following a few simple steps.
What are stretch marks?
First of all, we have to define what stretch marks actually are if we’re going to be trying to figure out a solution to get rid of them for good. Stretch marks are basically lines or ‘stripes’ which appear on the skin when the middle layer of skin rips due to stretching. Skin can stretch rapidly when a person suddenly gains weight or when a woman goes through pregnancy.
On closer investigation of what stretch marks look like under a microscope, it actually appears like tangled up bundles of collagen. Collagen is produced to help maintain your skin elasticity. Unfortunately, up until now, no one has really been able to figure out what causes this collagen to get so disorganized in the first place. However, the good news is that it appears likes certain peptides and fatty acids may be able to repair the skin in that area to a certain extent.
The most agreed upon fact with regards to stretch marks is that exfoliating and moisturizing the affected areas can really make a big difference in how your stretch marks look and it can also prevent them form getting worse, as well as prevent new ones from forming.
What are some natural remedies for treating stretchmarks?
In order to improve the way your stretch marks look, you can try the following home remedies to get very effective results:
When you’re on the quest to healing your stretch marks, one of the first home remedies you’ll want to try is vitamin A, also known as retinol. Retinol is proven to help make skin smoother and more even. You can topically apply vitamin A creams, and you can also try consuming foods that are rich in vitamin A such as carrots.
Studies revealed that applying tretinoin (a form of vitamin A) to stretch marks regularly did actually help improve their appearance. However, the mechanism of action is currently unknown.
Moisturizing is your best friend when you’re trying to get rid of your stretch marks. Cocoa butter is highly moisturizing and contains many antioxidants and fatty acids. It’s great for your skin and rubbing it into your skin regularly can really make a big difference in the way your stretch marks look.
Last but not least, you’re going to want to exfoliate your skin to make it look even again. Sugar is an excellent exfoliator. You can mix sugar with lemon juice or something moisturizing like coconut oil and massage your skin on a daily basis.
Is there any way to get rid of stretchmarks completely?
Though there is no scientifically proven way to get rid of stretch marks entirely using natural methods, you can opt to get surgery done in order to dramatically improve their appearance.
Both ablative and non ablative laser surgery are good options to resurface your skin and make your stretch marks almost disappear. You also have the option of professional dermabrasion or microdermabrasion to make your skin look more even throughout.
If you’re looking for a cure to your stretch marks you don’t have to be disheartened. You can actually improve their appearance significantly by exfoliating properly and moisturizing regularly.