When you spot those nasty stretch marks on your body, your self confidence and self image can take a big hit. Most people who have them don’t like to talk about them. Yet when they do appear, it’s best to learn as much as possible about the reasons for their development and also how to get rid of stretch marks.
Why You Get Stretch Marks
When your skin is stretched beyond its limits, such as during pregnancy or periods of excessive weight gain or loss, it loses its elasticity and becomes damaged. The middle layer of your skin, or dermis, is where the damage takes place. The damage, however, appears on the top skin layer, which is where you actually see the stretch marks.
Studies have shown that the processes involved in the formation of stretch marks will also lead to the expansion of your capillaries. That leads to stretch marks which are often red or purple in color. In their early stages of development, they are frequently purple in color. After a while they start to fade and their color turns to white.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to get rid of stretch marks is to use a specially formulated stretch mark cream. These creams contain ingredients such as cocoa butter, vitamin E and lanolin, or various types of oils such as lavender and olive oils. The more advanced stretch mark creams include Vitamin A or AHA in their ingredient list.
These products work to improve your skin’s flexibility as well as regenerating skin cells. Most of these products are considered to be quite effective at lessening the scars, particularly creams containing cocoa butter.
One other easy to use product for getting rid of stretch marks is vitamin E oil, particularly when it comes to stretch marks caused by pregnancy. Vitamin E oil helps to keep your skin firm and taut, even during pregnancy.
When it comes to choosing the best stretch mark removal cream there are a number of choices, many of which are over-the-counter medications that are easily purchased from any corner drugstore. There are a number of very effective stretch mark creams that can be bought on the internet.
You can also try various methods including stretch mark surgery, dermabrasion or laser treatments to eliminate those unsightly stretch marks. It might seem quite drastic to undergo a surgical procedure just to get rid of stretch marks, but in fact it’s still one of the best ways to manage the problem.