Getting Rid of Existing Stretch Marks

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Whether they're from a pregnancy, weight gain, or even bodybuilding, you may want to know how to make them go away once and for all! Thankfully there are many things you can do to eliminate or at least to greatly reduce marks that's already existing and their appearance.

Remember that these are caused by the breakdown of elastin in the skin. This elastin is what gives skin its stretchiness and its springiness. It helps skin to bounce back into its original shape after moving. When elastin breaks down due to being stretched beyond repair this causes scars that we call existing stretch marks. This also causes skin to sag and droop. The elastin in the skin is supposed to be constantly renewed but as with so many other things in the body, this process slows and stops as we age. This is why sagging skin is a typical part of aging - around the areas of the jowls and arms, the elastin has broken down beyond repair and skin just doesn't retain its shape. When this happens during the skin being stretched such as when a person is pregnant or overweight, scars begin to appear. So what to do about current marks when this elastin is broken down?

Using an exfoliating agent can help reduce the appearance. An exfoliating agent can remove the topmost layer of dead skin cells so that healthier skin is revealed. These cells underneath are not scarred or damaged so the appearance of any scar or imperfection can be lessened. Usually a body scrub with an exfoliating agent can be used once or twice per week to lessen the appearance of the marks. Just don't make the mistake of using this type of product too often as this can dry the skin and make matters worse. Baby oil, vitamin E oil, or just a good thick lotion should be applied after using an exfoliating agent.

Topical creams and lotions may not do much to correct it but they can lessen the redness of them. Sometimes when the skin is dry scars they are more visible. Using a thick cream or baby oil on the skin can calm down these areas around existing marks so that they're less noticeable.

Your doctor can also help with treatment options when it comes to stretch marks. There are topical ointments available by prescription and laser treatments you can undergo as well. Whatever your budget you can probably find something that will work for you and that will at least reduce the appearance of stretch marks. So don't hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor today!

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