What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?
Are you looking for the best way to get rid of stretch marks? If so, I’ve written this guide with you in mind.
Specifically, I’ve set out to investigate the most popular solutions and treatments for stretch marks, with the aim of finding which ones really work as well as promised, and to find the ones that are actually worth the money.
It’s all too easy to invest in various products, creams, treatments, peels and more – only to find the results just aren’t what you were expecting. So hopefully I’ll be able to share some of what I’ve learned here, and you’ll have a better idea of which treatments are really worth using – so let’s dig into this.
Firstly, what are stretch marks?
To start with, it’s worth understanding what stretch marks really are, so you know what you’re dealing with – and what’s likely to work when it comes to reducing their appearance.
In general, stretch marks begin to form when there’s a sudden expansion of the skin. Essentially, what happens is the middle layers are literally “stretched”, which causes the dermis to break. The discoloration is caused by the deeper layers of skin becoming visible due to the tearing of the middle dermis layer.
There’s a few reasons why this can happen, but most commonly, the stretches happen during pregnancy, puberty, or quick weight gain.
What treatments are available?
There’s a wide range of treatments out there, everything from skin care products to laser surgery, but they aren’t all effective as they claim to be. So let’s take a look at the most popular options, along with their overall effectiveness.
This is perhaps one of the most effective solutions, but it’s also very costly. It usually takes anywhere from 3 to 6 sessions to be fully effective, and each session can cost anywhere from $350 to $1000, depending on the exact type of treatment you’ve going to have.
If you’re just trying to reduce discoloration, the treatment may be at the lower end of the price bracket – but if you need indentations to be resurfaced as well, it can be a little more costly, due to the different type of laser that’s used.
Overall, this can be a very successful treatment – but the cost can make it prohibitive for many.
A glycolic acid peel can help to exfoliate the surface layers of your skin, improve collagen production, and increase skin elasticity – all of which can possibly help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks over time.
However, the results can be a little hit and miss, and the treatments seems to be of little benefit to more prominent, visible stretch marks. This is because the peel treatments only have a significant effect on the surface layers of the skin, whereas stretch marks usually reside in the deeper layers.
Because of this, it’s usually best to avoid using peels for stretch marks specifically – even if peels can have their benefits for the skin.
Using a moisturizer is perhaps one of the best things you an do for stretch marks, and it’s affordable, too. While it won’t produce ‘miracle’ results, it can help to prevent a stretch mark from becoming worse, and it may also help to reduce their appearance by some degree.
The best thing to do is use moisturizer on any area that’s affected by stretch marks, especially areas that you’re concerned may develop stretch marks in the future.
As a preventative measure, moisturizer can be very effective – but it’s unlikely to get rid of a stretch mark that’s already formed.
What about cocoa butter?
Many people turn to cocoa butter treatments for stretch marks, and they seem to have a good reputation, but the truth is these products are only as effective as a moisturizer. Studies have shown these to be no more effective (which is to say, they were found to have no visible effect on the marks).
While cocoa butter can work well as moisturizer and help to prevent stretch marks to some degree, it isn’t going to remove them entirely, or even make much of a visible difference.
So what’s the best cream for stretch marks?
I’ve reviewed several different stretch mark creams, moisturizers, and treatments – but one of my favorites is this cream by Revitol. While it isn’t a ‘miracle solution’ (and the marketing they use is a little over the top at times), it’s still a well-balanced cream that contains several excellent skin care ingredients that can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
This product contains squalene oil, and both Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which are essential for strengthening the skin, increases collagen production, and improving natural elasticity. It also uses vitamin D3 which helps to regenerate the epidermal skin layers a little quicker.
Finally, the product comes with a guarantee if you buy from the official supplier, and they often gives additional free month’s of supply with larger orders, which makes it more affordable than many other treatments out there (especially if you’re using the cream during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks from becoming more visible). So overall, this is a cream that’s well worth checking out if you can’t justify the more expensive options (like laser resurfacing).