Stretch Marks: prevention and removal

It is common for both men and women to get Stretch Marks at some point in their lives. They form when your skin is stretched to accommodate weight gain, which is one reason why women experience them during and post-pregnancy. The worst thing for many people is that they do not disappear easily or quickly, leaving some feeling embarrassed about taking part in activities such as swimming, where more of the body is naturally on display. The good thing however, is that there are ways to treat Stretch Marks which speed up the removal process or in some cases, prevent them from forming altogether. For those with recent Stretch Marks, retinoid cream can help. This is known to stimulate the production of collagen, helping to keep your skin elasticated and preventing cells from becoming damaged. This cream should not be prescribed to pregnant women or mothers who are nursing though. Laser therapy is another option to consider. This treatment works by stimulating collagen production using a laser beam, which in turn makes the Stretch Marks fade until they resemble your normal skin colour. It is recommended to discuss treatment options with a medical professional as there are different lasers available depending on the type of Stretch Marks you have. Medical Microdermabrasion is also an effective treatment for Stretch Marks as it removes the top layer of your skin to leave new, undamaged skin in its place. This is a good treatment for older Stretch Marks. Do you suffer from Stretch Marks? What would you recommend to prevent them? Let us know your tips on Twitter.