Stretch Marks – Treatment and Solutions

Stretch marks on a caucasian woman's leg.

What are stretch marks

They occur when skin stretches much quicker than regular. When this occurs the collagen and elastin in the skin, cant  produce as fast as the stretching. Therefore the dermis of the skin appears to tear. They begin to look as redish or purple marks, which fade to silvery lines with a slight ripple in the surface of the skin. Stretch marks can feel indented and textured to touch. They can feel itchy or sore, but aren’t life threatening. They just don’t look too cute in some instances.

Stretch marks

Where do you get them?

Stretch marks can appear just about anywhere. But they’re most common on your stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs etc. These lines might appear during or after pregnancy or after a fluctuation in weight. They also tend to occur in adolescents who are experiencing growth spurts.

Stretch marks

How to treat stretch marks?

They can be reduced by maintaining a healthy weight.

Many creams and lotions claim to prevent, reduce or remove them. But there’s very little evidence these work. There are so many out there, you have to look around for right products or procedures for your specific needs.

When it comes to stretch marks, prevention is better than cure. Moisturising and massaging the skin can be helpful, particularly during pregnancy.

There are some treatments that help the appearance but they will not get rid of them. Some treatments have been listed below.

Retinoid and other creams

Retinoid creams or hyaluronic acid help if used on new marks, but it’s advised to not use retinoids whilst pregnant. Remember no cream will get rid of them as their damage is far beneath the skin, but it can improve their outward appearance.



Stretch marks

Carboxytherapy is used to treat cellulite, dark under-eye circles, and stretch marks. The stretch marks you see on your body are a rupture of dermal collagen. Carboxytherapy creates new collagen, which thickens the skin and improves its appearance. It also helps with collagen repair within the skin.