Do Stretch Marks Ever Go Away?
Stretch marks are something that many women experience at some point in their lives, and if these marks become particularly unsightly, they can quickly become a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness.
In fact, they can easily affect your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself.
While there’s many stretch mark creams and lotions on the market which promise to erase these marks, most of them provide a little benefit other than helping to moisturize the area. While this can help to reduce their appearance to some degree, it’s far from the ‘miracle cure’ some of them claim to be.
So in this guide, I’m going to address the topic of whether stretch marks can ever ‘fade’ away by themselves, and what you can do to improve their appearance and make them less visible over time.
But to better understand the problem we’re dealing with, it’s worth taking a closer look at what actually causes stretch marks to form in the first place. So let’s take a look.
What Causes Stretch Marks
Stretch marks tend to form whenever your skin is forced to suddenly expand over a relatively short period of time. This ‘sudden expansion’ of the skin can cause the ‘middle layer’ or your skin to tear and break, which means you can see the deeper layers of skin below the surface, which are a different color.
This quick expansion can be due to pregnancy, but it can also happen if you gain weight quickly, or even during puberty – where it’s common to have a sudden growth spurt that leaves stretch marks in its wake.
The first thing to realize is that stretch marks are more common than you think – so you’re not alone in having them. Virtually any woman who goes through pregnancy will experience some degree of stretch marks, and many people experience them during or after puberty, or when they’ve gained a few pounds.
The color, depth, and appearance of these marks can also vary considerably. In most cases, they start out with a purple or red color, but as time passes, they gradually fade to a silver or white color, which tends to be less visible.
Do Stretch Marks Ever Go Away?
In general, stretch marks don’t ‘go away’ very quickly, but over time they do tend to fade and become less visible to the naked eye.
Something that can play a big role in how long it takes for this fading process to occur is your age. If you are in your late teens or twenties, then you may find that stretch marks fade a little faster than if you are older. This is because the younger skin has higher levels of collagen and elastin, allowing it to repair itself faster.
As you become older, these levels begin to diminish, which means it can take longer for the deeper layers of skin to heal. Additionally, the younger skin has a better ability to ‘snap back’ after weight loss.
Stretch Marks & Weight Loss
A common concern shared by people who are making serious efforts to lose weight is whether their stretch marks will fade or disappear once they’ve lost those extra pounds. The important thing to keep in mind here is that the skin which has formed stretch marks has already been ‘damaged’ in a sense, so losing weight won’t make the situation any worse.
While ‘the damage has already been done’, most people who have lost weight find that the stretch marks are less visible after they’ve lost the weight than they were before. This means there’s no reason to feel discouraged – the stretch marks can only become better in appearance, and rarely will things get worse by losing those extra pounds.
In fact, most people find that as they get smaller, their stretch marks do as well. So while they won’t be gone completely, the change of depth, texture, and color can make them very difficult to spot, and certainly not so visible as they may be right now.
Even though they won’t always fade completely, the change in depth and color can eventually render them almost invisible – especially if you apply some effective stretch mark cream to the area, too. Something that I’m a fan of is the Revitol stretch mark cream – which helps to boost your collagen and elastin. This helps to reduce the amount of time it takes for your stretch marks to fade.
How To Prevent Stretch Marks
If you want the best possible results when it comes to reducing stretch marks, then it’s worth taking some preventative measures before things become worse. As with most aspects of skin care, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you’re pregnant, then keeping your skin well moisturized – even before stretch marks develop – may be able to reduce the severity of any marks that appear. Additionally, staying in control of your weight should help to some degree. Remember that stretch marks form when the skin is suddenly expanded – so quick weight gain is a sure-fire way to cause tearing of the dermis (the middle layers of the skin).
Using a moisturizer on the affected area is essential because dry skin tends to develop stretch marks easier. While products like Revitol can work wonders for existing stretch marks, using any moisturizer is better than using none at all. Products which contain cocoa butter and vitamin E are also quite effective, so look out for these ingredients if you’re browsing for a generic moisturizer.
What Else Helps?
There are all kinds of treatment available for stretch marks these days, and some of them can be effective. If you can afford laser or cosmetic surgery, then you may achieve the best results – but it can be costly, so it does come at a price.
There’s a variety of gels, lotions, and creams on the market, too. Many of them are about as effective as any normal moisturizer, although some are superior to others. I’ve had good results with the Revitol stretch mark cream and so have many others, so this one tends to get my top recommendation. It’s a little more expensive than some of the cheaper alternatives, but it’s loaded with proven ingredients, and a little goes a long way. You’ll usually notice an improvement within a few weeks.