How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

We've got all the information you need about stretch marks as well as how you can help to prevent them & how you can get rid of them

Stretch marks: The facts

Learn more about what causes stretch marks and why we’re affected by them.
stretch marks on thighs

WHAT CAUSES STRETCH MARKS?

Stretch marks are usually caused by:

  • Rapid weight gain
  • Pregnancy
  • A growth spurt - often men may get stretch marks on back or stretch marks on thighs if they grow very quickly in adolescence, women on the other hand may get them on their chest or hips as they develop.
  • Rapid increase in muscle mass - sometimes due to weight training

In all of these cases stretch marks appear because the skin is put under a great deal of strain and isn’t able to compensate for the rapid stretching by producing more skin cells as it normally would.

WHO IS MOST AT RISK OF DEVELOPING STRETCH MARKS?

  • Women
  • People with a family history of stretch marks
  • People that are overweight
  • Pregnant women
  • People that have had dramatic weight loss or weight gain recently
  • People with Caucasian skin
  • Young people going through puberty

HOW CAN I PREVENT STRETCH MARKS?

There’s no secret formula for preventing stretch marks, but you can reduce your risk by eating healthily and exercising to keep your weight within a healthy range. Looking after your skin by keeping it moisturised and exfoliating regularly will also help.

What are stretch marks?

Firstly, there is nothing wrong with stretch marks and most women will notice stretch marks on their skin at some point during their life - they are extremely common.

 

They generally appear as different coloured parallel lines on the surface of your skin and can develop anywhere on the body, but are most common on the stomach, arms and thighs. They are usually red or purple at first, before fading to more of a white colour and in some cases you may even be able to feel a slight indentation when you touch them.

 

As the name suggests, stretch marks are a result of the skin stretching rapidly. This causes the middle layer of skin to tear slightly and the deeper layers to show through. The reason that stretch marks are often red or purple in colour is because these tears allow the blood vessels to show through. Hence, red or purple stretch marks tend to be stretch marks that are newer, whereas silver or white stretch marks tend to be older stretch marks that have faded.

stretch marks on tummy

Stretch marks aren’t dangerous

Although stretch marks can look quite severe in some cases, remember that they are your skin’s natural reaction to being stretched and shouldn’t worry you.

Make sure to continue taking care of your skin and moisturising as normal and they will probably fade over time.

How to get rid of stretch marks: Stretch marks removal

Most stretch marks aren’t particularly visible and will fade by themselves over time, but there are some things you can do to help speed the process along:

MAKE SURE YOU’RE DRINKING ENOUGH WATER!

We know that keeping hydrated is essential to having healthy and glowing skin. It will also ensure that skin maintains its maximum elasticity and stays as supple as possible to protect you against stretch marks.

drink water for stretch marks removal

  1. Moisturise - when skin is dry and sore stretch marks appear more visible, so keeping your skin hydrated will help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This is especially true of cocoa butter which has anti-ageing properties and is very effective against skin problems as well as soothing. Try an in-show moisturising shower wash as well for extra nourishment and hydration, such as the NIVEA Indulgent Moisture Cocoa Shower Cream enriched with cocoa butter. Using a body oil which is suitable for massaging stretch marks like NIVEA Q10 Firming + Stretch Marks Body Oil will also help to firm and nourish the skin.
  2. Massage in any oils or creams you're applying to your skin - The massage will improve circulation and encourage blood flow in the affected area, which will greatly help with stretch marks removal & will help reduce the appearance of stretch marks
  3. Exfoliate - this treatment is best suited to stretch marks that are white, it removes the dead skin cells allowing treatments to work more effectively as they don't have to get past a barrier of dead skin cells
  4. Microdermabrasion by a medical professional - this stimulates the collagen and elastic fibres in the skin to help tighten it
  5. Laser therapy by a medical professional - this treatment isn't for the faint-hearted, it's both expensive and an abrasive form of treatment that involves lasers that penetrate the skin to aid regeneration and healing to help the stretch marks blend in with your normal skin tone

I’M PREGNANT – AM I GOING TO GET STRETCH MARKS?

pregnancy stretch marks lady holding pregnant belly

I’m pregnant – am I going to get stretch marks?

Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy and affect around 80% of expectant mothers. During pregnancy, hormones are produced that soften the ligaments in the pelvis to make it easier to give birth – these often soften your skin fibres too, making you prone to stretch marks. Stretch marks during pregnancy have a lot to do with genetics as well - so if your mother was prone to getting stretch marks when she was pregnant, then it's likely that you will too. People with lighter skin tones are also more likely to get obvious stretch marks compared to those with darker skin as they aren't as visible.

HOW TO PREVENT PREGNANCY STRETCH MARKS?

There are some way you can help reduce the amount of pregnancy stretch marks you get:

  • Moisturise - there is no miracle moisturiser to help with pregnancy stretch marks as the body is under so much strain, however, moisturising will help to prevent dryness and itchiness that comes along with a pregnant belly growing in size, and it will help to keep the skin nourished so that it doesn't become sore
  • Eat lots of vitamins - eating food and drink rich in vitamin C such as fruits including strawberries, mangoes, and tomatoes, and veggies such as asparagus, and peppers - this will help to keep skin healthy, as well as giving valuable nutrition to your baby
  • Don't gain weight too fast - although weight gain is a guaranteed side effect of pregnancy, try not to gain it too quickly, you should make sure you're gaining weight at a steady pace rather than sporadically


HOMEMADE REMEDIES FOR STRETCH MARKS

Getting rid of stretch marks altogether is very difficult, but there are lots of ways to reduce their appearance.

Home remedies for stretch marks

Sugar scrub

Make your own sugar scrub for stretch mark removal by adding almond oil to sugar and rubbing it into the affected area. Sugar is a natural exfoliant and will speed up the renewal of skin cells to help stretch marks fade faster.

Home remedies for stretch marks

Olive oil

Rubbing warm olive oil on to stretch marks will improve circulation and reduce stretch marks. If you’d prefer to use a specific body oil, NIVEA Indulging Body Oil has a powerful formula for intensively moisturising the area – massage it in to see the full benefit.

Home remedies for stretch marks

Egg whites

Whipped egg whites are rich in protein and amino acids, making them perfect for treating stretch marks. Apply to the affected area, let it dry and then wash off – you’ll be seeing results in no time for stretch mark removal.

Home remedies for stretch marks

Lemon juice

Whipped egg whites are rich in protein and amino acids, making them perfect how to get rid of stretch marks. Apply to the affected area, let it dry and then wash off – you’ll be seeing results in no time!

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