So you want to get rid of stretch marks fast. What are your options? These unsightly scars wreck the self confidence of millions, making them self conscious about their bodies, and causing them to cover up when they don't really want to.
They are caused when your skin is stretched too quickly, normally as a result of rapid weight gain as in pregnancy, muscle building, or a growth spurt. Basically, this sudden change results in a tear in the dermis, which is the middle layer of your skin. The collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis rupture leaving you with scars that look like stripes on the affected areas. Area affected tend to be locations where fat is deposited − thighs, bottom, abdomen, breasts and shoulders.
We're going to provide you with a few pointers that will help you. Of course prevention is better than cure, so if you're thinking of becoming pregnant, or considering body building, a daily massage with a good anti stretch mark cream will certainly go a long way towards this.
But this article assumes that you already have or are getting them, so you need to get rid of stretch marks fast. As soon as you notice them first appearing − act fast! When stretch marks first appear, they are a deep red or purple color, and this fades over time to a silvery white color. It's important for you to act when they are at the red/ purple color stage, as it's much more difficult to reduce them after they have turned silvery white.
Massage the affected area(s) 2 or 3 times a day with a good cream. But if your budget won't stretch to a proprietary topical treatment, then use a moisturizer which contains cocoa butter as the main ingredient. This helps in two ways − it hydrates the skin keeping it supple and the massaging action improves skin tone.
You could also disguise the appearance of stretch marks by applying a self tanner. It's a good idea to exfoliate beforehand to achieve better results.
Educate yourself about what treatment options are available to remove them. These include topical solutions, endermologie, various laser treatments and surgery. Budgetary constraints may also have a bearing on your decision.
Try to be realistic in your expectations. Stretch marks are scars, and scars are notoriously difficult to remove. Although most treatments are effective in reducing and minimizing their appearance, almost to the point of invisibility in some cases, it is unlikely you will ever remove them completely.
Whatever method you opt for to get rid of stretch marks fast, the most important thing is to take action sooner, rather than later.