If you’re not sure what stretch marks are and find yourself asking “Why do I have stretch marks on my bum?!”, you’ll want to have a read of Part 1 – Why Do I Have Stretch Marks?.
If you’re here to find out what you can do about the tiger stripes already splashed across your hips and bum, read on.
What Can I Do To Prevent Stretch Marks?
Keep skin nourished so that it has optimal regeneration conditions. This means moisturizing, ensuing you have a nutrient rich balanced diet and are well hydrated.
Manually stimulating the skin in problem areas by massage or skin brushing (which also helps with cellulite) can increase the blood flow to the area and will assist with skin regeneration and remodeling.
If at all possible, attempt to slow down the rate of growth of the tissues underlying the skin – if attempting to gain or lose weight then do so as a gradual process rather than all at once. This will give the skin a chance to expand with the underlying tissues without being stretched too rapidly.
How Can I Treat Stretch Marks?
If you’ve already got stretch marks, you can diminish their appearance. The marks will naturally fade by themselves to an extent, however for most people they will remain visible as silvery white scarring.
There are several options available to you if you are trying to fade your stretch marks:
There are a multitude of creams out there that claim to tailor to stretch mark treatment or prevention.
Products can vary in effectiveness, so I recommend doing your research and finding some quality, independent reviews before spending your hard earned cash.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive process where the skin is inflicted with minor damage by an abrasive material such as very fine crystals or particles to slough off the outer layers of skin and initiate a repair response.
The downsides? Though there are at-home microdermabrasion kits available, you’ll most likely need to go to a salon to get a ‘proper’ treatment and many repeat treatments will be necessary to notice improvements – which can get costly.
Skin needling, also known as ‘dermarolling’, works by pricking the skin with fine needles to break up the scar tissue and stimulate the skin to repair by introducing minor damage to the skin.
Here’s what the needled rollers look like; yes they may seem very medieval-torture-device-like(!), but they feel a bit more like someone scratching across your skin.
Newly formed skin is more supple and displaces the existing scar tissue. The cons to this treatment option is that it can be painful to administer and progress can be slow, but it can be done at home for just the cost of your dermarolling/needling equipment.
This example shows the improvements that can be had with skin needling.
Laser surgery is probably the fastest way to fade stretch marks, but also one of the most costly options. You’ll likely need a few sessions to see the best results. This method works by using laser light of a particular frequency and energy to break up skin molecules in the scar tissue in a process called ablation. New skin cells will form in place of the old scar tissue.
These are just a few ways that you can improve the appearance of your stretch marks. With enough dedication I would say that all cases can be visually improved, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth – there are lower cost options out there.
The important thing to realize is that every case of stretch marks is unique, and this means that your response to different treatments will also be unique. Do your research and experiment to find out what works for you, but know that it is very possible to improve the appearance of your stretch marks.
If you suffer from stretch marks – how do you feel about them? Have you tried any stretch mark treatments, and what have you found to be effective? Let me know in the comments below!