What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks, also known as striae, occurs when the body changes too quickly while the skin cannot keep up with it. It can happen anytime especially during pregnancy and muscle building.

So what are the things that help to get rid of stretch marks?

How to get rid of stretch marks

Prescription Retinoid

Retinoid or topical vitamin A derivative stimulates new collagen production. Daily use of prescription retinoid can help reduce the appearance of those red marks. However, if you’re pregnant, it is not recommended for you to use a retinoid.

Rich Lotions

To minimise stretch marks, we recommend rich lotions as rich lotions are petroleum-based and form a protective seal over the skin. So any rich moisturiser should work, with or without the stretch marks label. This may not get rid of it altogether, but it will minimise the appearance.

Fractional Lasers

Many dermatologists recommend using a fractional laser to minimise or get rid of stretch marks, like the Fraxel Dual. To get rid of stretch marks, we recommend three to five treatments. The treatments will reduce the appearance of stretch marks by 50 per cent.

Microneedling with Radio Frequency

Microneedling with radiofrequency treatments works by poking tiny holes in the skin, the process promotes healing and removes abnormal scars. Radiofrequency also tightens stretch marks. This treatment also has no risk of triggering hyperpigmentation. You will need two to five treatments and can expect an improvement of up to 60 per cent.

How to prevent stretch marks?

Keeping the skin well moisturised, nourished and hydrated will prevent stretch marks. Use coconut and olive oil combined with vitamin E to keep collagen fibres strong. Exfoliate the skin regularly as it will stimulate the cells and also use body-firming creams.

For more information about stretch marks and how to get rid of it, consult your doctor. You can now book a doctor’s appointment online at Okadoc.

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