Your body changes slowly over the years but the first sight of a stretch mark can happen at any time. It doesn’t matter what age, or if you are a man or a woman, they can occur when you gain weight or just grow naturally. Common in pregnant women pre and post-birth and even with anyone with growing muscles, a lot of people worry they are there to stay. Although they don’t usually go away on their own, certain things can be done to lessen their appearance. Let’s take a look at how.

What Are Stretch Marks?

They often start as red or purple lines and can appear pretty much anywhere on the body but most likely around places we store fat. Around the abdomen, thighs, and breasts are some of the most common places to find them. After a while, they fade into a white line but are easier to treat when they are still reddish as the blood vessels are more likely to respond to different forms of treatment.

So, Do Stretch Marks Ever Just Go Away?

Stretch marks start dark and fade over time but the degree to which they go away can vary. Sometimes they will be particularly noticeable whilst others are more discreet and the length of time they take to fade without a little encouragement can be different. For the most part, they don’t completely go on their own although they will become lighter as time goes by.

Do Stretch Marks Go When You Lose Weight?

It might be after giving birth or just getting back into shape but stretch marks stick around even when the weight is gone. Again, they do fade over time but this can take a while and they might never completely go.

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

The following are some of the most common methods for either lessening the appearance of white stretch marks, or helping them fade away.

Self Tanner

This might be one of the best temporary solutions but if you are hitting the beach and worried about that bikini body then self-tanner can help fill the color. This will make the stretch marks appear closer to the rest of your skin but it is not a long term solution. Most notably because self-tanner is not recommended for ongoing use and it does not change the color of stretch marks permanently.

Makeup

Again this is a decent temporary fix but it is not going to change the color of stretch marks forever, and nor is it going to last a long time. Still, using makeup such as a foundation as close to the tone of the skin as possible will work some wonders to cover things up for the day.

Exfoliate

A simple technique for treating stretch marks, exfoliating the area can lift and remove any dead skin around the marks so when you combine this with other treatments, it can make them more effective. This is because they can treat a deeper part of the stretch marks.

Use A Stretch Mark Cream

When you use a reputable product, it can significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. They are particularly good when trying to encourage the area to fade so it is less noticeable and although some topical products are available via a prescription from a Doctor, there are some excellent products available to order online or over the counter. Be sure to read reviews to see which are the better stretch mark creams and which are those to avoid as some will be much better than others.

Laser Therapy

As it sounds, this is a costly method that requires the expertise of a professional. It works by treating under the skin and causing it to encourage regeneration. Because it makes your body heal the area faster it is popular because it is effective. You will find that it takes many sessions to completely get rid of stretch marks but because it encourages the stretch marks to blend with the skin around it, this will yield a noticeable difference.

Cosmetic Surgery

Often the last resort after other methods have not completely got rid of the stretch marks, it is a costly method and comes with its own risks. Although it is known for being one of the faster methods, there is a chance that it will leave scars behind but these will likely be less obvious than the stretch marks.

There are other health risks which means it is important to do your research before you make a decision.

Home Remedy

Different people respond in different ways to home remedies so they might be effective for a friend, but not for you. Still, some of the most common ways that people use to get rid of stretch marks at home include using olive oil, almond oil,  and even Vitamin E.

Microneeding

Our skin has many layers and stretch marks are formed somewhere around the middle layer. To encourage collagen production, micro-needling is the method of poking the area with needles which causes the skin to regenerate and lessen the appearance of stretch marks. It can take months for it to be effective but does tend to be one of the more reliable treatments.

Change Your Outfit

Ok this won’t do anything to change the appearance of stretch marks but if you want to mask them completely it can be as simple as wearing long sleeves or a different top whilst you continue to use other methods to treat them.

What Is The Easiest Way Of Getting Rid Of Stretch Marks?

The most convenient method is using a topical cream. Because it can be applied daily or according to the instructions of a particular brand, you get to treat it from the comfort of your home. It is also the most reasonably priced treatment as the likes of cosmetic surgery and micro-needing can be costly and require multiple sittings.

It might take longer for it to yield results but as far as convenience and price are concerned, there is no better treatment.

Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?

This is the topic of some debate with some studies showing promise for using a stretch mark prevention cream whilst others providing questionable results. Still, products including hyaluronic acid are good as this is one of the most effective.