Stretch marks are a normal part of puberty and pregnancy for many, but for others these purplish red indented streaks can be a cause of distress. Stretch marks occur when your skin is stretched beyond its physiological limit. In general, your skin is fairly elastic but sudden changes in your body size cause the elastic fibers just under the surface of skin to tear, resulting in the appearance of these scratch-like marks with an off-color hue.
Stretch marks mostly occur on lower abdomen, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks. Stretch marks are mostly associated with pregnancy, with ninety percent of the women getting these purplish streaks If you are noticing these unsightly marks on your body, you are not alone. Most girls and women, and even boys have stretch marks on their bodies. Fear not though, there are some really effective Stretch Mark Treatments to help you get rid of these unsightly streaks.
A recent research has found that people mho moisturize their skin, paying special attention to the affected areas show significant improvement in skin appearance. An adequately hydrated skin is less prone to cracks and tears as compared to dry skin. So, instead of going for expensive topical creams, simply moisturize your new stretch marks as well as the areas where you fear you can get them in the future. Moisturizers may also improve the appearance of old marks but it may not be as effective as for fresh ones. Also make sure you drink enough water daily (at least 8 glasses) to keep your skin hydrated inside out.
Older, stubborn marks have been found to respond really well to over-the-counter creams containing retinoic acid. You will probably need a dermatologist’s prescription to purchase such creams. However, pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid using OTC creams with retinoic acid as active ingredient since it can cause birth defects.
Chemical peeling is an effective cosmetic procedure for improving the appearance of stretch marks. Glycolic acid used for chemical peeling will not only remove the damaged layers of skin but also boost collagen production, increasing the suppleness of your skin. This procedure is also safe for pregnant mothers.
Laser therapy comprises the most effective and instant solution for stretch marks. Most commonly used laser technique for stretch marks is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing. Laser beams are made incident at the edges of indented stretch marks to stimulate healing process as well as enhance collagen and elastin production, resulting in a smoother and supple skin free of any marks or indentions.
At Laser Skin Care we offer several stretch mark treatments, including Fractional CO2 skin resurfacing and laser Photorejuvenation. Make a free online consultation now and know more options.