Stretch Marks

Can Stretch Marks Go Away?

There really isn't an easy answer to the question: will my stretch marks go away?  Stretch marks are basically a scar from damage to your skin's middle layer.  The tissues and cells are stretched from either gaining or losing weight quickly, or from the rapid growth of the baby during a pregnancy.  Teenagers are also susceptible to stretch marks because of the rapid growth spurts that they encounter.

Newly formed stretch marks do fade over time

The good news is that stretch marks that have recently formed will fad to a shade that is usually lighter than the surrounding skin.  It could take 6 to 12 months for this fading to occur.  You can help speed the healing process along by using various creams or ointments.  Cocoa butter and Vitamin E are two inexpensive remedies you can try.  A great many people contribute the disappearance of their stretch marks to at least one of these two items, but just to present the counter argument, just as many people have said these creams or ointments didn't change the appearance of their stretch marks at all.

Both Vitamin E and cocoa butter are great for maintaining overall skin health.  They protect the skin and provide essential nutrients for healing.  These are precisely the reasons most people use them for stretch mark treatment or prevention.  There are also prescription creams and ointments that a dermatologist can provide for you such as Retin-A and glycolic acid.  These treatments can be quite costly and are usually not covered by your insurance company.

Besides just living with your stretch marks, there are other ways of making them less noticeable than just using creams or ointments.  Laser light therapy has become more and more popular recently for treating stretch marks.  Laser therapy for stretch marks does not remove stretch marks.  It fades the stretch marks over time by stimulating the damaged melanin in the stretch mark.  This helps the stretch mark to appear much like the skin surrounding it.  There has been some speculation that the laser light may also stimulate new cell growth in the affected areas, thus causing the stretch marks to fade even more.  Some people have seen up to a 90% reduction in their stretch marks.

If you're not one of the lucky few that can afford laser therapy, then great success has been reported in using many of the self tanning creams that are on the market these days.  These creams and lotions work best on the more mature silvery white stretch marks.  By applying the self tanning creams to the stretch marks first then applying an all over tanning cream, large numbers of people have managed to almost completely disguise their stretch marks.

If you're seriously trying to get rid of stretch marks then a well balanced diet is extremely important.  You need enough foods from each of the major food groups in order to have a balanced diet.  You also need to stay well hydrated at all times.  You need to drink at least eight 8oz. glasses of water daily for optimum skin health and overall health.  Good overall health helps your body heal faster and that includes the healing and fading of stretch marks.

Can stretch marks go away?  Not completely on their own, but they can fade to a point where there aren't as noticeable.  The only surefire way to remove stretch marks is surgery, then you have to worry about the scarring from the surgery.  Try some of the remedies and treatments in this article before you look into surgery.  You may see some improvement in your stretch marks that you'll like.

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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