Many women face the problem of stretch marks. Stretch marks are stripe-like marks that appear on the skin when it is stretched due to rapid weight gain or loss. They are a form of scarring caused by the tearing of the middle layer of skin (known as the dermis), which regulates the skin’s elasticity. When the dermis is stretched too taut, it breaks, developing tiny rips in the fibers and causing the blood vessels located under the skin to show through.

The main causes of stretch marks are pregnancy, fullness and obesity, diabetes, fast weight loss, and hereditary factor. What’s more, both men and women can get stretch marks on various areas of their bodies. The most common areas are the abdominal area, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms and lower back.

How can you get rid of stretch marks? Nowadays, there are many treatments and cosmetic products that can help you to reduce stretch marks. What’s more, we would like to show you 3 effective ways to get rid of stretch marks after weight loss. So, scroll down to see them!

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#1. Stretch Marks Treatment

Some studies have shown that stretch marks best respond to treatment in the beginning stages when they are still purple or red. When they become white or silver, they are more difficult to treat. There are two main categories of treatment methods for stretch marks such as topical and surgical.

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#2. Topical Prescription Products

If you have stretch marks, you can choose topical treatment. Topical treatment includes gels and creams, like Retin-A (tretinoin) or Tazorac. These products are designed to stimulate collagen in order to improve the appearance of stretch marks over time. However, you should know that only pink/purple-tinted marks will fade. If you have grey/white striations, you shouldn’t use these creams, because your stretch marks will not respond to treatment.

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In addition, it is very important not to use these creams during pregnancy or breastfeeding, because they are teratogenic, and can cause congenital defects.

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#3. Home Remedies

Nowadays, natural home remedies are leaders in the fight against stretch marks. These remedies do not contain chemical components and do not harm your health. However, it should be noted that home remedies are more effective in the early stages of stretch marks. You can search for effective recipes of home remedies on the Internet!

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What’s more, you can reduce the risk of stretch marks by following our tips:

-when dieting, you should aim for a gradual weight loss

-you should avoid yo-yo dieting

-maintain a healthy weight

-stick to a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals

-aim for slow and gradual weight gain during pregnancy

- do not forget to drink plenty of water (6-8 cups daily).

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