You see it every day, but you pretend it is not there. You have been living with it for a couple of months already, it is your one and only dirty little secret that keeps you from wearing that gorgeous two piece bikini you bought for the summer trip, or the denim shorts you fell in love with and used to wear all the time. It is your secret that keeps you from wearing what you intended to wear and keeps you from feeling good about yourself ever again. You look at its awful state and know that life will never be the same again with stretch marks. If you think your gorgeous appearance has diminished, think again, because your life goes on and you can do something to make those stretch marks go away.
Before we discuss how to treat it, we need to set the facts straight. Stretch marks happen when your skin is overly stretched; this usually occurs when you have given birth or gained or lost excess weight. Stretch marks are those deep stripes you see across your skin, it commonly appears on your breasts, stomach, legs, and buttocks, but it virtually can appear in other parts of your body too. Doctors say that you cannot make stretch marks completely go away, but you can do something to conceal, reduce, or maybe even eliminate them in visual appearance.
Lather up. For new stretch marks, try using creams and oils with vitamin E, aloe vera, jojoba extracts, cocoa butter or shea butter because products containing any of those aid in reducing the amount of stretch marks when the product is used regularly for a certain period of time, although this does not 100% guarantee to eliminate stretch marks.
Exfoliate. You do not need to buy expensive products just do this; you can use products that are already available inside your house. You can use baking soda, sea salt, aloe vera and a whole lot more. To exfoliate, mix ½ teaspoon of sea salt to 1 teaspoon of baking soda, mix it together and scrub it to your skin. The salt helps in scrubbing the skin it comes in contact with while the baking powder helps in polishing and smoothing your skin. Regular exfoliation is good but you shouldn’t overdo it. It is advisable to exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week.
Cover up. Make up is a temporary solution to stretch marks. You cannot make stretch marks disappear, but you can hide it temporarily. You can use concealers, cake foundations, liquid foundations, and spray – on foundation that matches your skin tone. You may have to reapply your makeup throughout the day depending upon the physical activities you are involved in during the day and this may become a hassle to busy individuals.
Laser Treatment. This option is by far the most expensive way to treat stretch marks, but it also is the most effective. Lasers are used to treat the skin areas affected with stretch marks; this is painful so sometimes the use of anesthesia is involved. Laser treatment involves certain numbers of sessions before your skin goes back to normal, redness, peeling and bruising may also occur during laser treatment. Laser treatment doesn’t guarantee good results every time make sure that the doctor you consulted with is trust worthy and has a good reputation in the field he is practicing.
Lastly, you shouldn’t let stretch marks affect your life and stop you from functioning. You do not need to go under laser treatment if you don’t have the means, you can do simpler steps to at least prevent more stretch marks from taking place, more importantly, life doesn’t stop when stretch marks appear, and you can be happy and live an active life, with or without stretch marks.