Stretch Marks – My guide to Treating Preventing
We all have them, men and women. They are a natural sign of changes in growth, pregnancy and weight gain. Sometimes we don’t even notice them until someone points them out or talk about their own stretch marks. For some they can be a bit embarrassing but What can we do about these little lines that seem to cause us so much “shame”.
My Personal choice
Vitamin E and Body Scrub – Cost $25 to $150
Vitamin E oil is a great source of hydration for your skin. It repairs and prevents skin damage but it also encourages new skin cell growth. Mineral salt scrub removes dead skin leaving you smooth and ready for a dose of Vitamin e oil. Not only is this treatment affordable but it does not require a professional Great to treat and prevent Stretchmarks.
Scrub with an essential oil and salt/sugar scrub every 2-3 days. Don’t over scrub as you could create raw patches on your skin. Just gently rub and rinse. I recommend doing this in the bath as you can soak up and relax after. This is also a great with a bath buddy to help get to all the hard to reach places like back and shoulders. The essential oils will leave you feeling relaxed and moisturised.
Between scrub days, moisturize well after you get out of the shower/bath. I Love using Palmer’s. After years of using Bio Oil with little results, I’m happy I switched to Palmer’s. My skin feels soft and my marks lighter.
Drink water! Your skin relays on you to stay well hydrated so it can look its best.
Here is a list of my favourite products I like to use when it comes to treating my stretch marks. Find a list of my favourites by following the link to my Iherb List:
Palmer’s Skin Care
Palmers has been my personal favourite product to use for the past year. Not only does it leave my skin feeling silky and hydrated but I can see a definite improvement in my skin.
Nubian Heritage Body Scrub
Not only do these smell great but they leave you feeling super soft and moisturized.
Currently a top product for healing stretch marks and skin rejuvenation.
Some pros and cons of treating Stretch marks at home:
- Cheap and affordable with luxury options like essential oil treatments.
- No professional needed
- Leaves you feeling wonderful and smooth
- Time. This treatment takes a long time before you start seeing results. It can take 3-6months before a noticeable difference.
- Minimal results. In most cases, it will lighten your stretch marks but they won’t be completely gone.
Most stretch marks are easily treated if treatment starts when they are still fresh (red). Stretch marks can be somewhat prevented by tougher moisturizing your skin on a daily basis. Listed below are some more permanent but more costly procedures to get rid of stretch marks.
Laser Treatment – Cost $800 to $2000 for a Single treatment.
Lasering is expensive but usually leaves you with beautiful smooth results. Start by finding a qualified skin clinique that does lased skin repair. They will explain the cost of the procedure as well as how many treatments you might need.
- Fast Healing
- Smooth results from the first treatment.
- Expensive Treatments
- Painful – The procedure itself can be quite a painful but healing laser treated skin is also no walk in the park depending on the intensity of the treatment.
- Discolouration – Laser treatments can leave you with a slight discolouration on the treated area. This does correct itself over time as the skin cells heal.
Tattooing – Cost $500 to $1000 for a Single treatment.
Tattooing skin tone inks over stretch marks are the latest trend but it too has its challenges. Tattooing has come along way. Today cosmetic tattooing is more popular than ever before. Some skin cliniques offer cosmetic tattoos but you should also try tattoo shops that specialise in scare coverups and permanent makeup.
- Results after the first healed session.
- Somewhat Affordable
- Expensive Treatments
- Painful – Like laser the procedure itself can be quite painful as a needle is used to push the ink under your skin
- Mismatch – Skintones are tricky. If the procedure is not done correctly you could end up with a mismatch of skin tones.
- Maintenance – you might need a touch up in a few years