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Stretch marks Treatment and Causes | Clear Skin

May 3, 2024

What’s the best treatment for stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a common issue that can appear on anyone’s body at any age. These marks often result from rapid changes in the body’s shape, such as during weight gain or loss, pregnancy, puberty, or when the skin stretches quickly for other reasons.

While stretch marks are a normal part of life for many, it makes people feel self-conscious about their body. Thankfully, there are certain effective methods for treating these stretch marks. In this blog, we will take a look at these treatments in detail. But before we begin, let’s take a look at some basics first. 

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What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are like thin lines that appear on your skin when it stretches too fast and then goes back to normal quickly. This stretching and relaxing of the skin make the middle layer, called the dermis, tear a little.

When this happens, the deeper layers of your skin show through, creating what we see as stretch marks. A lot of times, your skin might stretch to c because you’re growing fast like during puberty, when pregnant, while building a lot of muscle quickly, or if you gain or lose a lot of weight in a short time.

When stretch marks first show up, they might look a bit reddish. Later on, they tend to turn whitish. It’s usually a bit easier to make these marks look better when they’re still new and reddish. So, if you notice these kinds of marks on your skin, it means your skin has stretched a lot quickly for some reason. Remember, having stretch marks is very normal, and lots of people have them.

Treating Reddish Stretch Marks

Simple practices like the following can help reduce the appearance and progression of new reddish stretch marks. Regular moisturization and hydration of the skin allows it to stretch more efficiently preventing formation of stretch marks. Moreover, moisturizing the skin can also help repair new stretch marks and reduce their appearance. For better skin elasticity, you can have a diet rich in proteins and antioxidants and ensure you’re well-hydrated by drinking at least 2-3 liters of water a day.

Treating Matured or Whitish Stretch Marks

When it comes to addressing mature or whitish stretch marks, there are comprehensive treatment options available that can significantly reduce their appearance. These treatments fall into two main categories: topical medicines and physical procedures, each with its specific methods and benefits for skin rejuvenation.

Topical Medicines for Stretch Marks

Topical treatments involve applying creams or serums directly to the skin.
Key ingredients in these products can include:

  • Tretinoin and Retinoids: These vitamin A derivatives are known to promote skin renewal and can significantly improve the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen production. However, due to potential side effects, such as skin irritation and increased sensitivity to sunlight, consultation with a dermatologist is crucial before starting treatment.
  • Vitamin C: An essential antioxidant, vitamin C can help in repairing damaged skin cells and boosting collagen production, aiding in the reduction of stretch marks.
  • Collagen Stimulants: Compounds that stimulate the skin’s natural collagen synthesis can improve skin elasticity and texture, making stretch marks less noticeable.
  • Anti-inflammatory Medicines: These can reduce redness and swelling associated with stretch marks, helping to calm the skin.
  • Moisturizing Agents: Products containing cocoa butter, coconut oil, and hyaluronic acid can help keep the skin hydrated and supple, potentially minimizing the visibility of stretch marks.

Physical Procedures for Stretch Mark Removal

Advanced dermatological procedures offer more direct approaches to diminishing stretch marks:

  • Laser Treatments: For early-stage reddish marks, pulsed dye lasers, long-pulsed ND YAG lasers, and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments can be effective in reducing redness and encouraging collagen production. For mature whitish stretch marks, fractional CO2 lasers, erbium YAG lasers, or erbium-glass lasers are used to stimulate collagen production deep within the skin, helping to fill in and smooth out stretch marks.
  • EXCIMER Laser/Lamp: In more severe cases, these treatments can promote pigment formation in the skin, improving the colouration of stretch marks to better match the surrounding skin.

Additional Innovative Procedures

  • Microneedling: This involves creating tiny punctures in the skin to initiate the body’s natural healing process, increasing collagen production and improving skin texture and appearance.
  • Microneedling Radio Frequency (RF): Combines Microneedling with radiofrequency energy to further enhance collagen and elastin production, offering improvements in skin firmness and structure.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Utilizing the patient’s blood, PRP therapy can stimulate skin healing and regeneration, contributing to the reduction of stretch marks.


Best Treatment for Stretch Marks

The most effective way to deal with stretch marks is to prevent them from forming in the first place. However, once they’ve appeared, several treatments can offer significant improvements, though they may have their limitations.

Wrapping Up

If you’re struggling with stretch marks, consulting with an expert dermatologist like Dr. Dhanraj Chavan of Clear Skin Pune can provide you with a tailored solution to improve your skin’s health and appearance. By following their advice and possibly undergoing suitable treatments, you can make a positive step towards healthier skin.

Remember, while stretch marks are a common and natural part of many people’s lives, there are options available to help manage their appearance. For any further queries, feel free to reach out. 

For treating your skin condition, feel free to get in touch with one of our best dermatologists in Pune. You can also call on +919584584111 to book an appointment at one of our skin clinics near you.


Dr Dhanraj Chavan

About the Author: Dr Dhanraj Chavan

Dr. Dhanraj Chavan is a globally trained, young, and dynamic dermatologist. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Varicose Vein Specialist at Clear Skin, VeinMD, and HairMD.

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