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What can I do about older stretch marks?
As we mentioned above, the majority of home remedies and pharmaceutical creams bring effects only when used on fresh stretch marks. The ones that have already converted into scars are more difficult to heal but are also less problematic since they change the colour and become less visible. If, however, you still believe they make you look less attractive, you can take some other solutions into consideration.
The aim of this treatment is to perform a profound exfoliation of the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin, by the use of fine crystal sand. When the skin gets deeply exfoliated, the rejuvenation processes are triggered, which, in turn, improves the appearance of stretch marks in the dermis. A series of at least 4-5 microdermabrasion treatments is required for the skin condition to visibly and permanently improve. If you decide to undergo a microdermabrasion treatment, make sure you don’t do it in the summertime, when you have to expose your body to the sun. Deep exfoliation makes the skin more vulnerable to UV radiation so you should avoid the sun for at least one month after the treatment.
Even though it’s probably one of the most expensive treatment options, it’s worth the price. Fraction laser gives quick and permanent results. It smoothens the skin and reduces the appearance of stretch marks after just two sessions. Obviously, to achieve fully satisfying and permanent results, a series of sessions is required and their exact number depends on the amount and condition of stretch marks.
There is a very wide range of creams, gels, lotions and pills that have been designed to help people who wish to get rid of the stretch marks. Among many various types of products, the moet effective ones are those containing tretinoin (called ‘retinoid’) which stimulates the body to rebuild the collagen. Tretinoin pills are only available by prescription in most countries and have to be administered with a great care. Women who are trying for a baby or are pregnant must stay clear of ‘retinoids’ as they may badly damage the foetus.
If you don’t like taking medicines, but feel like a pharmaceutical solution is what you need in order to boost the healing of your stretch marks, try topical products containing vitamins E and C, copper peptides or proline.
If you need a rapid solution to your stretch marks problem, you can simply buy a makeup product that will camouflage the lines. You can either choose a regular concealer or a foundation or ask in your pharmacy for a camouflage product.
Whatever option of treatment you choose, remember that great results come with time so brace yourself with patience and, most of all, learn to accept yourself and remember that more than half of the adult population currently have or previously dealt with stretch marks. There is really no need to feel like an outcast.