Like any scar, stretch marks are permanent, but treatment may make them less noticeable. Stretch marks happen when your skin changes shape rapidly due to growth or weight gain. Don’t worry sis they aren’t a sign that anything is wrong with your health and it’s common among both men and women. Pregnancy and puberty are the two most common times in life to get stretch marks. While some people might embrace their stretch marks, some despise them. If this is you, then hopefully this list of how to treat stretch marks can bring some comfort and solution to your life. 

1. Stretch Mark Camouflage 

What exactly is it? It’s a non-invasive tattooing method that uses skin-toned ink pigments to disguise and conceal the appearance of stretch marks by filling the areas that are missing color. It requires little to no downtime but does take, on average, 40-60 days to completely heal. However, everyone’s healing time differs. Probably wondering if it hurts, and the answer is no. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and camouflage tattoo artist, Synamon, says her clients say the process is very tolerable. 

2. Vitamin A 

Vitamin A is referred to as a retinoid. Retinoids make skin appear smoother and more youthful. They’re used in many over-the-counter topical cosmetic creams. Simply using a topical extract of vitamin A, or taking vitamin A orally, can contribute to your skin’s health and overall appearance. A diet rich in certain foods, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, might also help you increase your vitamin A levels.

3. Aloe Vera

Clinical evidence doesn’t really exist for aloe vera as a stretch mark cure, however, pure aloe vera is both a natural healing agent and a skin softener. This makes it an ideal home remedy to try for stretch marks. Apply pure aloe vera from a plant to your stretch marks daily after your shower.

4. Hyaluronic Acid

Collagen is the protein in your skin that allows it to keep its shape and appear healthy. As we age, collagen decreases in our face and our bodies. Hyaluronic acid can be absorbed by consuming a capsule or extract.

5. Boost Collagen With Laser

IPL collagen stimulation therapy works by introducing intermittent pulses of laser light to the skin. This light passes through the upper layers of the skin, which in turn leaves the healthy tissue unharmed. When it reaches the lower layers where the collagen structures reside, it causes the tissue to vibrate. Each laser procedure is generally 15 to 30 minutes long, depending on the area you’re looking to treat. Experts suggests a minimum of three treatments scheduled about a month apart to see results. 

6. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion involves exfoliating the skin in a way that at-home remedies cannot. Research has shown microdermabrasion has improved the appearance of stretch marks. Lumina Skin Essentials Co. provides at-home microdermabrasion. This allows you to save money on in-office treatments, it’s convenient, perfect for any skin type and age. It's also quick and easy! 

7. Sugar

Rubbing a sugar scrub on the skin will exfoliate the area. Exfoliation also results in better blood circulation which boosts new cell growth and repairs the damaged skin. Sugar is a great source of glycolic acid, which comes from the AHA family. It can penetrate the skin easily and boosts new and healthy cell production, thus lightening the appearance of stretch marks on the top layer of the skin. Try mixing in honey and almond oil as well! Honey is a natural humectant and almond oil is known as a great source of vitamin E.

8. Needling

Needling, which is a relatively new treatment in which collagen is injected underneath the top layer of your skin. Micro-needling uses tiny micro-needles to create small punctures on the top layer of the skin and penetrates the dermis. The wounds “traumatize” the skin and triggers the body’s natural response of creating more collagen and elastin to heal the wounds. What's left behind is an improved texture, firmness, and a reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. The natural healing process of the skin happens in three phases. The three phases are inflammation, proliferation and remodeling.

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