Stretch marks are unsightly skin occurrences which can happen whenever there is a sudden change in body size, like during puberty, pregnancy, or rapid weight loss or gain. In fact, almost ninety percent of pregnant women get stretch marks in common areas such as thighs, hips, and abdomen, and unfortunately, many studies suggest that this condition seems to be genetic – which means that if your mother had these annoying marks, chances are, you will do, too.
However, there is no reason to worry. If you want to get rid of stretch marks or prevent them, there are a few simple things that you can do. Here are a few options, categorized from the easiest to the hardest:
Using A Moisturizer
A recent study which compared natural moisturizers revealed that individuals who used lotion daily showed improvement in their overall skin elasticity and appearance. Consider it like this – if your skin needs to do a lot of stretching, there are lesser chances of it tearing and forming stretch marks if it is properly hydrated. Apply lotion on old and new stretch marks, especially on areas where there are most abundant.
The Power of Retin-A
A research which was conducted in the University of Michigan found out that people who make use of retinoic acid cream or Retin-A on their new stretch marks noticed great improvements. The miraculous wonders of Retin-A are partly due to its power to boost the production of collagen, helping in avoiding sudden skin tears and stretching.
Keep in mind that if you are nursing or pregnant, products with Retin-A are an absolute no-no for you. It has been suggested that it has the potential to cause birth defects among humans. Also, if you are trying to get rid of stretch marks with Retin-A treatment, sun exposure should be limited because your skin is more susceptible to sunburn.
Lextrin is a popular stretch mark cream duly approved by the FDA. It contains huge amounts of essential vitamins and oils which help in reducing and treating stretch marks. A few of its most active ingredients include centella asiatica, thuja occidentalis and hyarolunic acid which can effectively get rid of stretch marks in just two weeks with continued use. If you want more satisfactory results, suggested treatment time can take up to two or three months, depending on the severity of the marks.
Glycolic acid, when used in the treatment of stretch marks, has been proven to increase the body’s production of collagen, making the skin more taut and elastic. As it is an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA, it belongs to the same category of compounds most often found in chemical peels.
The great thing about glycolic acid is that it is safe to use even during pregnancy. If you are planning to go out in the sun, take extra precautionary measures when it comes to skin protection by wearing wide brimmed hats and high-SPF lotions. For an intense and more effective treatment, you may ask your dermatologist for a stronger dosage.