Stretch marks appear on areas which grow fast at puberty or when you gain weight, like your arms, stomach, breasts, thighs and hips. Pregnancy and losing weight also lead to stretch marks, which are very common on the hips. They are scars of the tissue which had to expand really fast due to rapid growth of your weight or a baby. These scars, which are deep in the tissue can be reduced in appearance with this home-made cream.
- cocoa butter
- body scrub
Apply the cocoa butter on your stretching marks. Studies found that cocoa butter helps fading these marks more effective, compared to other products. You can also use natural healing agents, like shea butter, castor oil, rosehip oil and jojoba oil.
You can also try a prescription free medicine, like Mederma, which is specially designed to remove and fade out stretch marks and scars. As any scar or keloid, the treatment for stretch marks is lengthy: it takes up to six months of daily treatment to notice an improvement.
Retin-A might be an option
If you have a lot of stretch marks or they are very visible, you can talk to your dermatologist about prescription treatments, like Retin A, which is a cream that stimulates cell renewal. It works by replacing the old cells with new ones, scar-free.
Laser therapy is another method to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Depending on the type of stretch marks and how they are positioned, there are multiple lasers to use. They all fade the marks and improve the elasticity of the skin. However, laser therapy is expensive and painful.