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How to prevent and get rid of stretch marks

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to prevent and get rid of stretch marks

Stretch marks occur when, due to an abrupt change in weight, collagen fibres that provide elasticity to the skin break, leaving irregular marks. The marks start out pink or violet and then, over time, become whiter. Although stretch marks are not synonymous with poor health, they have become an aesthetic problem for many women, so we'll give you some tips about how to remove and conceal stretch marks

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Prevention

If you're at the onset of puberty or in the early weeks of pregnancy, your body is about to suffer radical changes including growth in your breasts and hips and you're likely to gain weight. This will cause your skin to suddenly stretch. To prevent stretch marks, you should hydrate your body at least twice daily with creams that contain collagen or encourage its production, drink plenty of water, eat healthfully and exercise regularly to maintain good muscle tone

How to prevent and get rid of stretch marks - Prevention

At what stage can it be treated

Completely eliminating stretch marks is almost impossible but they can be noticeably reduced in the early stages of their formation, even when they're purple

What you can do

The first step is to avoid a diet high in fat. Eat foods rich in vitamin A, B, C, D and E to stimulate collagen production, that are beneficial for the skin and try go back to a normal weight. Moisturise the skin with suitable creams, those that stimulate the production of collagen fibres are highly recommended and we also suggest massaging the affected area with these products, exercising regularly and drinking at least two litres of water daily

How to prevent and get rid of stretch marks - What you can do

How to get rid of old stretch marks

In the case of old stretch marks, they're difficult to remove without resorting to more advanced treatments. However, some products may help reduce them, such as almond oil, Vitamin E creams, massaging the area during bathing and using some lightening creams that help conceal their appearance. Furthermore, some cosmetic companies already sell creams specially formulated for the treatment of stretch marks, that you can try out to find the best results.

How to prevent and get rid of stretch marks - How to get rid of old stretch marks

Home remedies and miracle cures

Home remedies that promise to remove stretch marks are often time consuming and ineffective. It's best to resort to cosmetic creams sold on the market, that are endorsed by specialists and supported by serious and recognized companies. Avoid those that advertise a "miracle cure" because no such thing exists. Home remedies for stretch marks can be used as a compliment to proven treatments.

A professional solution

An effective treatment for removing stretch marks is a laser treatment applied by a dermatologist. This option is the most expensive, but it works very well for those who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their stretch marks. If you'd like to try it, consult a specialist

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Tips
  • Don't use any dubious treatment without first consulting your dermatologist
  • Prevention is the key to avoiding future stretch marks, like eating well, moisturising your skin and exercising regularly

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