Ultimate Guide to Stretch Marks Treatment

By Ellie Child, Content Editor

With our stretch mark treatments guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including how do I get rid of stretch marks and what are stretch marks. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our stretch marks treatment page.

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Stretch Marks Treatment FAQs

Women showing off belly after birth. Stretch Marks on blue background

How do I get rid of stretch marks?

There are many lotions and potions that really help to lessen the appearance of stretch marks (Bio Oil, we're looking at you). However, if you're looking for something a little more 'hands on' then the NHS website also recommends other treatments such as light or laser treatments, as well as microdermabrasion which works by removing a thin layer of the skin.

Retinoid creams and products that feature hyaluronic acid can also be used to treat newly formed stretch marks but bear in mind – retinoids cannot be used while pregnant.

Remember, completely abolishing the look of stretch marks is pretty impossible, but there are plenty of nourishing creams on the market that help to reduce the severity of them.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a very natural and very normal thing that can occur for a number of reasons. While they are completely harmless and do not impact your health, some people wish to get rid of them due to their appearance.

Usually caused from sudden growth or weight gain, stretch marks appear as pink, red, brown, black, silver or purple lines that fade over time. Common places for stretch marks to occur include tummy, hips, bottom, chest, upper arms and legs. Women tend to be more susceptible to getting stretch marks due to changes in their body throughout puberty, e.g.when the hips widen and bust area grows. People that are going through fast weight gain or loss, pregnancy or are generally overweight are more likely to experience stretch marks.

Woman applying scar cream to inflicted wound

How do I get rid of scars?

While it is almost impossible to get rid of scarring, there are certain things that can be done to make them appear less visible.

From investing in temporary solutions to more permanent fixtures, there are a range of routes to explore. Skin camouflage makeup helps to cover up the redness from scars for a quick-fix solution, but this is more to hide their appearance rather than to actually heal the skin. Light therapy is a more permanent remedy that works to reduce the redness in a scar by targeting the blood vessels in the excess scar tissue.

Other intensive solutions include using silicone gels/sheets, cryotherapy, dermal fillers, skin needling and surgery. However, there are a lot of nourishing at-home products that help to hydrate and heal the skin by using the best of Mother Nature's ingredients and pairing them with potent technologies. Vitamin E is a key ingredient to look out for when shopping for creams and lotions.

What types of acne scar treatment are there?

Luckily, there are a lot of different treatments to explore when it comes to combatting acne scars.

In terms of at-home creams and solutions, keep an eye out for these key ingredients: AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids), lactic acid, retinoids and salicylic acid. AHA's act as a mild acid exfoliant that helps to remove the discolouration from the outer layer of skin, while lactic acid works on improving the pigment and texture of lighter acne scars.

Retinoids are loved for their ability to smooth out the texture and tone of scars by speeding up the cell regeneration process, however, it is important to use sun cream when working with retinoids, as they make the skin particularly sensitive to the sun's UV rays. Salicylic acid is another fan-favourite that can also be used on current occurring acne. This special acid helps to clear the pores whilst reducing swelling and gently exfoliating the skin for brighter, clearer results.

Dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and micro-needling are more intensive treatments that can be used to reduce the appearance of scars.

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

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