In order to choose the best cream or lotion that will help you remove the stretch marks fast, you need to know what kind of ingredients you should look for. The two most effective ingredients are hyaluronic acid, retinoids and collagen. Hyaluronic acid and collagen are produced by your body, but with age, their levels drop significantly. As a result, the skin becomes less elastic and saggy. That’s why those two ingredients are such popular ingredients of many anti-ageing creams.
When you incorporate hyaluronic acid and collagen into your stretch mark removal treatment, you help the skin regain its elasticity and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Retinoids are also a common ingredient in many skin rejuvenation products, but remember that you can’t use any creams, lotions or medicines that contain retinoid just before you get pregnant and during the whole pregnancy and the breastfeeding period. Retinoids might have a very beneficial influence on the skin but can damage the foetus. Most of the really effective retinoid-based products for stretch marks are the ones you can obtain only by prescription as they contain a higher level of this ingredient, so speak to your dermatologist if you feel that you need this kind of treatment.
Professionally performed massage stimulates the blood circulation and the essential oils used during the treatment boost the skin rejuvenation processes. Remember that not every type of massage will help you reduce the appearance of the stretch marks and that it has to be one directed at skin regeneration. Some massage salons already offer special postpartum treatments aimed at reducing the stretch marks and bringing back the skin elasticity.
Laser stretch marks removal is quite expensive, but it gives guaranteed results. Depending on the condition of the skin, you might need from five to ten sessions to remove the stretch marks completely. The laser heats the skin and stimulates the production of collagen. At the same time, it shrinks the dilated blood vessels and reduces the appearance of the stretch marks. Make sure you choose the right clinic for your laser treatment as it should be done by a qualified professional with the use of good quality equipment, in order to bring the expected results without damaging your skin.
Deep mechanical peeling, called dermabrasion, may also give good results in the stretch marks removal treatment. During the session of dermabrasion, specialist passes a slim head along the affected skin. The skin is gently sucked into the head and stimulated with the flow of microcrystals. This way, the outer layer of epidermis gets removed and the skin gets a signal that the regeneration process has to be accelerated. The key is to repeat the process within two to three weeks, before the entire epidermis gets rebuilt. When you repeat the dermabrasion session before that time, you remove a deeper layer of the epidermis. Normally, you need five to eight sessions of dermabrasion if you want to get a visible reduction of the appearance of the stretch marks.
In some very severe cases, people get surgeries to remove their stretch marks. However, this is a highly invasive method and may result in various complications. During the surgery, the affected area of the skin get removed and new skin needs to grow in its place. It takes a lot of time, the surgery is expensive and there is a risk of scarring, which means you might replace one problem with another.
How To Prevent Stretch Marks
If you want to avoid getting stretch marks, whether you are expecting them due to pregnancy, weight imbalance or – which often happens – bodybuilding, in which case the rapidly growing muscles can cause stretch marks on the skin, you should know that there are many simple steps you can take to protect your skin from the problem of stretch marks.
Make sure you maintain the appropriate level of intake of the vitamins C and E and of proteins. All of them are necessary for maintaining elastic, young-looking skin since they stimulate the production of collagen and help repair the skin cells.
Drink a lot of green tea, as it has anti-oxidant properties that help the skin keep its elasticity. Remember also to drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day. Water keeps you hydrated and helps flush out the harmful toxins not only from your skin but from the whole body.
Do regular exercises in order to boost the blood circulation. This way you will allow the nutrients carried in the blood reach the skin faster. Additionally, exercises stimulate the production of collagen. Some light cardio exercises are the best in this case, so you can go jogging for 15 minutes a day or get a cross trainer and do exercises for 15 to 20 minutes a day. It will have a great influence not only on the elasticity of your skin but also on your weight and the levels of energy.
Skin Care Routine
Exfoliate and moisturise on a daily basis. Make regular exfoliation and daily moisturisation a habit and you won’t have to worry about stretch marks at all. And if you get them because your body is genetically susceptible to stretch marks, it will be much easier for you to get rid of them fast. You can either use some of the home remedies and homemade creams and lotions or you can choose a drugstore product. In both cases, however, the key to success is discipline.