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Is It Possible To Make Stretch Marks Disappear?

Stretch marks are a part of everyday human life and can affect both men and women. They are unpleasant but harmless. These skin lesions affect the appearance of the skin and cause an unpleasant feeling. But is it possible to get rid of these marks? Here are some answers.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are very common scar-like micro lesions on the surface of the skin that affect many people. This is true for both women and men, although they are more common in women. Stretch marks occur on certain areas of the body, such as the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips and chest, lower back, upper arms, and the inside of the knees. They appear on the skin in an elongated shape or as stripes, usually purple at first, later pink and then pearly white.

The depth and color indicate the particular phase of development of the stretch marks. In fact, two phases can be identified:

  • The acute/inflammatory phase, characterized by purple-red lesions with a rather bulging appearance at the time of their development, due to the dilation of the blood vessels, which in some cases can be symptomatic, either painful or irritating.

  • The chronic/scarred phase is characterized by (white) asymptomatic streaks.

What Are the Causes of Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched beyond its elastic limits and the deep collagen fibers tear. Several triggering factors have been identified:

  • Stretch marks can be associated with, among other things, high blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is the case with certain diseases such as Cushing's syndrome or treatments containing cortisone. In large quantities, this hormone affects the production of collagen, which is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. When the elasticity of the skin decreases, it cracks under stress.

  • Pregnancies and teenage growth spurts are also risky. During these periods, there is a strong hormonal imprint that causes the collagen and elastin fibers to become brittle, causing these fibers to tear. The result is stretch marks.

  • Rapid and severe weight gain or loss can also cause stretching of the skin.

  • Long-term use of steroids in athletes can promote the development of stretch marks. These drugs are aimed at a rapid increase in muscle mass.

Can You Make Stretch Marks Disappear?

There are no miracle treatments. It is difficult, if not impossible, to fade stretch marks completely, especially if they are present deep in the body. However, if the stretch marks are only in the inflammatory/acute stage, surface treatments can be performed to remove the skin. Most stretch mark removal treatments are quite drastic. This is especially true for microdermabrasion, radiofrequency therapy, drug prescriptions or laser treatment. All of these treatments aim to stimulate fibroblasts, the cells involved in the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis, and activate the healing process. These treatments significantly improve the look of stretch marks, making them smoother and less deep, but without making them disappear completely. Prevention is the best way to avoid stretch marks from settling on your body.

However, you can mitigate them by, for example, massaging a stretch mark care product into the areas where they are, twice a day. Our stretch mark gel-in-oil contains active ingredients such as baobab oil (INCI name: "Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil"), native aloe vera juice (INCI name: "Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice"), passion fruit olein oil concentrate (INCI name: "Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil") or shea olein (INCI name: "Butyrospermum Parkii Oil"), which stimulate fibroblast activity. They also have anti-inflammatory, softening and moisturizing properties. In addition, the stretch mark care leaves skin soft and nourished without leaving a greasy, oily or sticky finish.

Sources

  • GOLDMAN A. & al. Management of stretch marks (with a focus on striae rubrae). Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery (2017).

  • PATEL B. C. & al. Stretch marks (2022).

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