Stretch marks can be incredibly embarrassing and can lead to you feeling shy about wearing any kind of revealing clothing, even just a pair of shorts in the summertime. Many women feel as though they’re the only ones to be afflicted with this unsightly issue, simply because people tend not to discuss it all too often. The fact is though that a huge number of men and women suffer from them, whether they have been caused by weight or muscle gain or loss, or by pregnancy for women.
If you do have stretch marks though, you could be waiting for a long time if you decide to simply wait for them to disappear on their own. This may eventually happen, but it can sometimes take months or even years for your red or pink stretch marks to turn to a silvery white colour. Even this shade can be noticeable, so it might be worth looking into some of the other options available to you:
1) Stretch mark creams
There are a great many creams out there that are designed for use on stretch marks. They can speed up the rate at which your stretch marks fade, but you should remember that it will still take some time – don’t expect them to just vanish overnight. You will need to follow the instructions for the cream you are using very closely and should give it a fair chance at working, so don’t just give up after two weeks!
2) Diet changes
You might be surprised to hear that just changing your diet slightly could help your stretch marks to fade faster. You should begin eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as using healthy oils when cooking and lowering the amount of fat in your diet. Taking a dietary supplement such as a multi vitamin might also help – choose one that has vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as copper and zinc and ensure you are drinking the recommended amount of water every day as this can help with skin elasticity.
3) Cosmetic procedures
If you want to rid yourself of your stretch marks for good instead of simply waiting for them to fade you could look into the option of laser stretch mark and scar removal. This non-surgical procedure can effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks following just one thirty minute treatment (four treatments are usually recommended) and because it’s a non-invasive procedure you won’t need to take time off work for recovery.
Laser treatment works by using a factional laser on the stretch marks, which breaks down the toughened tissue and helps healthy new tissue to form in its place. Afterwards, the area that’s been treated is likely to be red and swollen, but this should go down within a week. Not all skin colours can be treated with this procedure though, so you’ll need to check with your local skin clinic to see if you can undergo laser stretch mark removal.
Do you have stretch marks and, if so, what words of advice would you give to others with them?