Seven Misunderstanding About Stretch Marks
ee ling tan • onDid You Know 10 years ago • 3 min read

What is the reason cause stretch mark? It formed when the skin overstretching by gaining weight rapidly. The below are some common misunderstandings about stretch marks. Through those misunderstandings, you can learn how to prevent and choose a best stretch mark treatment for you.

1th Misunderstanding: Stretch marks only appear on pregnant women Regardless of gender and age differences, everyone is possible to get stretch mark when the skin is over stretched.

2nd Misunderstanding: By applying moisturizer can 100% remove away existing stretch marks Normal moisturizer can only help to moisture the top layer of the skin. It does not help to remove the stretch marks. Those marks appear deep inner skin, so we need a cream that can really penetrate to the inner skin to build up the collagen and treat existing stretch mark. But, this does not mean that moisturizing type of creams do not work at all. These kinds of creams are very useful for pregnant women to prevent stretch marks before it appears.

3rd Misunderstanding: Stretch marks creams in the market are suitable for every kind of stretch marks Different kinds of stretch marks need different kind of creams. Before you choose a cream, you must understand the ingredients of cream and what kind of stretch marks you are having. To treat reddish new formed stretch marks-you can choose a high potency cream that can penetrate to the inner skin. Active ingredients extracted from aloe vera, cocoa butter, grape seed, squalene oil, vitamin E, collagen, pro-vitamin B5 are very helpful to this kind of stretch marks. To treat old rough stretch mark-you must first exfoliate the dead cells on the surface of the skin before you apply any cream. The dead cells on the top of the skin can block the skin from absorbing the active ingredient of stretch mark creams. Exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) , Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, vitamin D3 can help a lot in exfoliating dead cells.

4th Misunderstanding: Pregnant women can only treating stretch marks after delivery The best stretch marks treatment is "prevention". Every pregnant woman must apply enough moisture to the skin to increase the elasticity of the skin. This can protects the skin from stretching.

5th Misunderstanding: Pregnant women can just simply apply any stretch marks cream in the market Pregnant women must avoid using exfoliating kind of stretch marks cream. The exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), Glycolic Acid, Retin-A are very harmful to the baby.

6th Misunderstanding: By applying cream on the affected area is the only method to remove away stretch marks Many other treatments like chemical peel, dermabrasion, laser therapy, cosmetic surgery also quite effective on removing stretch mark but it is expensive.

7th Misunderstanding: Stretch marks can be remove by tanning treatment Tanning treatments like sun-tanning or in house tanning equipments do not help much. As we know that tanning treatments have more harms than good to the skin. Over tanning can cause the breaking of collagen and elasticity in the skin, this will make stretch marks get worse.

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  • Guest 8 years ago
    Rather than go for costly options for stretch mark removal first try simple ones like cocoa butter and Vitamin E oil. Olive oil, lavender oil may also help in most cases. They really help if massaged properly on the skin. In case, your scars are really deep and severe check with your dermatologist before using any cream. Creams and lotions for stretchmarks though claimed by sales people to completely remove stretch marks may or may not work for you.