Before getting into discussion regarding how could I remove or reduce stretch marks, we should first have the general over view regarding, what exactly are stretch marks? What are the causes of their occurrence? So we can better elaborate the above mentioned how question.
Stretch marks or striae are a form of skin scarring associated with pregnancy, obesity, puberty, heredity factors and short-term weight gain from bodybuilding and other physical activities. They typically appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. These lines are of different color and texture than normal skin, ranging from purple to bright pink to light gray. When you touch stretch marks with your fingers, you might feel a slight ridge or indentation in your skin. Sometimes, stretch marks feel itchy.
They are mainly found in the abdominal wall, but can also occur over the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts.
In more technical terms we can say they are formed when the dermis (middle layer of the skin that maintains shape and elasticity) is stretched more than it can tolerate. Connective fibers in the skin eventually break. This disrupts the normal collagen production cycle which ultimately results in fine scars under the top layer of the skin.
These stretch marks can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable about your appearance. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce the appearance of stretch marks by use of skin care products which boost the collagen and other proteins production which are the main cause of these stretch marks.
Dermatologists have offered a variety of non-surgical alternatives for treating stretch marks. Popular and effective options include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and blue light therapy. These are good options for patients who want to avoid surgery, and they are generally less expensive than laser stretch mark removal.
Chemical peels are most commonly used on the face to treat wrinkles and age spots, but they can be used on other areas of the body for stretch mark removal. In chemical peel procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the skin using a sponge or cotton pad. The types and strengths of the chemicals in the solution vary according to the individual needs. The chemicals essentially peel off the top layers of damaged, dead skin and activate new skin cell production. Individual might feel a stinging or burning sensation during treatment. The recovery period depends on the individual’s skin type and the strength of the chemicals administered. They fade away stretch marks as a result of treatment and individual emerge with smoother, healthier, more youthful looking skin.
Studies have shown that by topically applying creams which contain collagen and elastin, can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, particularly if you use them when stretch marks are still pink or purple.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring acid which is responsible for an infant’s plump and perfect skin. Applying a cream that contains hyaluronic acid to an area where you have stretch marks can help to plump and moisturize the area.
Glycolic acid is a type of natural fruit acid, or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is commonly used in chemical skin peels. It works by gradually removing the top layers of skin, to reveal healthier skin underneath.