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How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks



Aug 11, 2010
Stretch marks are a normal part of puberty for most girls and guys. When a person grows or gains weight really quickly (like during puberty),that person may get fine lines on the body called stretch marks. Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin that allows it to retain its shape. However, when constantly stretched, the dermis can break down leaving behind stretch marks. It starts with natural ingredients that keep the skin ultra moist and elastic.

Men and women can get stretch marks on several areas of their bodies, including the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, or lower back. Stretch marks look like thin, stretched tissue, and that is more or less what they are. They appear in people who put on or lose weight rapidly. The upper layer of the skin is normal, but in the lower layer the collagen and elastic, which give the skin its strength and elasticity, have become thinner and broken. Stretch marks appear on the body in many different places for a variety of reasons. Stretch marks occur when the dermis, the middle layer of your skin, is stretched to a point where its elasticity begins to break down. At this point, microscopic bleeding occurs along with tissue inflammation which gives us the raised reddish purple look of newly formed stretch marks.

How to get Rid of Stretch Marks

Surgery is a possibility for tummy stretch marks if you also have a lot of loose skin on the tummy. The operation is a ‘tummy tuck’ (removal of the skin and the fatty tissue beneath). You will be left with scars around the belly button and across the lower stomach. This is not a minor operation and, like all operations, it carries risks. Recovery takes several weeks.

Lotions and Creams-Drink plenty of water. Adequate hydration keeps your skin soft and less likely to develop stretch marks. Caffeine can increase your risk of stretch marks. If you're stuck on your caffeinated coffee or tea, make sure you balance the fluids. Drink just as much—or more—water as you drink coffee, tea, or soda. Stretch marks can also result from nutritional deficiency. Be sure to consume foods that promote skin health: foods rich in zinc, such as nuts or fish; foods high in vitamins A and C.

Cocoa Butter-Remember that no lotion or cream can prevent or erase stretch marks because they form in layers of skin too deep for any moisturizer to reach. If your pregnant belly is tight and itchy, you can keep it more comfortable by applying a rich moisturizer frequently. Cocoa butter is widely recommended. Shea butter and jojoba oil aren't as easy to find, but these also have many properties that can ease dry skin.

Laser Surgery- If you find your stretch marks very upsetting, a dermatologist may be able to help. *Microdermabrasion and laser surgery are surgical options. If your appearance matters so much to you that you are seriously considering those options, a counselor might also be able to help.

Tretinoin cream - also called Retin-A. Studies have shown that this may help reduce stretch marks. Do not use this if you are breastfeeding, as there have been no studies conducted to determine whether it�s excreted in breast milk and what affect it can have on your baby.


Sep 10, 2010
Nothing works better than vaselline (petroleum gelly) I apply a fairly large quantity 1-2 times per day and they dissapear.