How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

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19-04-2021, 05:20
If you're tired of having stretch marks, you're not alone! Many people, women especially, experience stretch marks in their lifetimes. Stretch marks can occur during sudden changes in body size, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or rapid weight gain or loss. Ninety percent of pregnant women will get stretch marks around their abdomen, hips and thighs, and unfortunately, they seem to be genetic. If your mom had stretch marks, odds are that you will, too. While you probably won't get rid of your stretch marks completely, you can use topical treatments and medical interventions to help decrease their appearance.

Using Topical Treatments

  1. Apply shea butter. One option that some people have luck with is shea butter. It may reduce inflammation and it provides lots of hydration for your skin. Try pure shea butter, or pick a lotion with shea butter in it that you can apply every day.
    • Shea butter is a nut derivative, so it isn’t a good idea to use shea butter if you’re allergic to nuts.
  2. Use coconut oil. Moisturizers or lotions with a coconut oil base are excellent for hydrating skin and reducing stretch marks. Pure coconut oil can be purchased in the cooking oil section of any grocery store. Massage your skin with solid coconut oil or a coconut oil-based lotion bar.
  3. Try retinoic acid cream. Retinoic cream has been shown to help with stretch marks. However, it It likely helps by increasing collagen production, which in turn helps with the appearance of your skin.
  4. Try a combination of glycolic acid and ascorbic acid. These creams together can help with the elasticity of the skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks over time. Generally, these creams can when you apply them every day.
    • These ingredients are available over the counter, but you may need to buy them separately.
  5. Use a chemical peel containing trichloroacetic acid. Chemical peels can also be helpful in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Generally, though, they work best in conjunction with other treatments, such as microdermabrasion.
    • Usually, it's best to although you can find over-the-counter products.
    • Once you have the peel done, your skin will peel off over the course of a few days, which can reduce the color of your stretch marks. You may need more than one treatment.
  6. Minimize the appearance of stretch marks with vitamin E. Applying a lotion every day that has vitamin E may help reduce your stretch marks. It's not likely to make them go away, but it can help improve how your skin looks over time.
    • Vitamin E can help stretch marks in a few ways. It helps protect your skin from damage, which can reduce the appearance of the marks. Also, it is also anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
    • Vitamin E creams are available over the counter.
  7. Try cow udder cream. Udder creams, such as Bag Balm and Udderly Smooth, are intensely hydrating lotions originally designed for use on cracked and irritated cow udders. These lotions are now widely available in drug stores for use as skin lotions, and they are especially useful for breastfeeding women and people with stretch marks. Udder creams can be used regularly to both reduce stretch marks and prevent new stretch marks from forming.

Trying Medical Interventions

  1. Ask about a pulsed dye laser for better elasticity. This type of laser treatment, also known as vascular laser treatment, may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It also increases collagen production, making your skin more elastic.
    • Treatments begin at about $250 per session. It may take three to six sessions before you begin to see improvement, and more sessions may be necessary depending on the size of the area you are treating.
    • You won't really have any recovery time, but you should for a bit after a treatment.
  2. Discuss fractional laser treatment to help blend in stretch marks. Fractional laser therapy focuses on resurfacing smaller areas. The laser is aimed at the edges of stretch marks, smoothing over the surface of the skin. It adjusts the texture of the affected areas, making it appear more similar to the rest of your skin.
    • This type of treatment can cost anywhere from $150 to $4,000, and you'll also likely need multiple sessions (at least three), though how many depends on how bad your stretch marks are. You'll need to after the treatment.
  3. Get an injection of platelet-rich plasma for all types of stretch marks. With this technique, the doctor uses your own blood to treat you. They pull out the plasma and inject it into your stretch marks. In turn, the plasma increases skin growth and collagen production.
    • This procedure can start at $600 or more. You can expect to be sore for a couple of days, but the recovery time is fairly quick. Sometimes, one session is enough to help, but it depends on your skin.
  4. Ask about microdermabrasion for all types of stretch marks. Microdermabrasion basically means blasting your stretch marks with a fine crystalline powder. It's sort of like using sandpaper on your skin, but it is much gentler than it sounds. It helps buff away some of the appearance of stretch marks.

Making Lifestyle Changes

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. The best way to not have stretch marks is to not get them in the first place. Try maintaining a healthy weight by exercising at least 150 minutes a week and eating a healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein.
  2. Avoid sun exposure. Being out in the sun can make stretch marks more noticeable. If you don't want to avoid the sun, simply cover up areas with stretch marks when you're outside.
  3. Stay hydrated. Hydrated skin is more elastic, so staying hydrated can help prevent you from getting new stretch marks. Drinking about can help keep you hydrated.
  4. Moisturize your skin daily. You can prevent or minimize the development of new stretch marks by This is especially important for pregnant women or people who are losing or gaining weight. Apply moisturizing oils and creams at least once a day, especially if you are pregnant.
    • Apply moisturizers frequently enough that your skin does not begin to feel itchy or dry. These sensations are signs that your skin is dehydrated and might be starting to stretch.
    • If you are pregnant, use safe products such as olive oil, cow udder cream, and shea oil or shea butter cream.
  5. Wear supportive underwear. Gently supportive undergarments that cover your belly and thighs can be helpful for preventing or reducing stretch marks, especially if you are overweight. This is also a good alternative to expensive cosmetic surgeries, especially if the stretch marks cover a large area of skin.


  • You can also wait it out. Stretch marks will fade over time if you are patient, although they may never go away completely.


  • Stretch marks can be especially troublesome and difficult to minimize if you have lost a large amount of weight. These marks tend to appear over large areas of the abdomen and thighs. In these cases, using plenty of moisturizer every day is a good option, especially while you are actively losing weight.
  • Most treatments are partially effective, at best. Keep your expectations realistic, as stretch marks are permanent.
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