If you’ve already got stretch marks, though, that doesn’t help you get rid of them. There are a lot of different products on the market, and a couple of medical treatments also show promise in helping people eliminate stretchmarks – so what are the best options?
First, as we learned earlier, getting a tan won’t help. This will actually dry out the skin and cause it to become more fragile. It doesn’t help the stretch marks fade, either; they are likely to become shinier and more noticeable with a deep tan, and sunburn will cause even more damage.
Dozens of products on the market claim to help users eliminate stretchmarks, and some of these products actually help to fade these scars. Some lotions and creams exfoliate the skin, so the outer layer of dead skin is removed and the stretch mark is less obvious. It’s one way people have had a little luck to remove stretch marks.
Dermabrasion is a medical treatment where specialists exfoliate the outer layer of a person’s skin, helping to fade the appearance of the stretchmarks. Like many lotions and creams, these make stretch marks less obvious, but do not eliminate them altogether.
Some people try abdominoplasty. This is a surgical stretch mark treatment where stretch marks on the stomach area are removed. This is usually effective only for people who are only a little overweight. Like any other surgical procedure, it can be dangerous.
Laser treatments are also used to help eliminate stretchmarks. These treatments appear to make the skin more elastic and increase the production of collagen. Laser treatments work best when used right after stretch marks begin to develop – while they are still bright red. This can result in some improvement for fresh stretch marks, but does not help older, healed scars.
Unfortunately, there’s no miracle cure, but there are products that help tighten the skin and eliminate stretchmarks by making them almost invisible. The best thing to do is drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated, use moisturizing lotions to help the skin maintain its elasticity, and maintain a healthy body weight.
Finally, remember: you may not like the way they look, but nearly everyone has them, some are just more visible than others!
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