In this guide, I am going to talk you through the different stretch mark treatments available. Like any aspect of your body, your skin is unique. What might work for your friend may not be suited to you, so please bare this in mind.
1. One of the most popular treatments is microdermabrasion. This technique has been used since 1985, when it was developed in Italy. Whilst the treatment is very good, it doesn’t penetrate the dermis layer where the skin condition has set root, this is because the procedure sand blasts your skin with very tiny crystals, this only removes the top layer of the skin. The ideal use of microdermabrasion is in tandem with other treatments.
2. Probably the most cost effective treatment is massage (if you do it yourself!). If you massage the area that is affected on a daily basis you effectively reduce the thick lines on the skin by boosting the circulation and promoting new skin growth, however like most treatments you need to keep to a strict regime, as if you are hit and miss you will lower the chances of success.
3. Laser is the most expensive form of treatment; however it won’t completely remove the marks on your skin even though it will take between 4 to 6 sessions. In theory the laser only reduces the visibility of the scaring to your skin tissue. The other down fall too laser treatment is, it will not treat more mature marks meaning only the red and deep purple scars are picked up.
4. Creams and lotions after massage are the most practical form of treatment. This is because a good cream can be just as effective as something like laser or microdermabrasion. The cream I used in the past contained only natural ingredients. Retin A penetrates the skin, down to the dermis layer and then stimulates the growth of new skin cells.