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Stretch marks or stretch marks: remove, reduce and prevent

  1. How do you remove or reduce stretch marks or stretch marks? Stretch marks or welts are line-shaped skin abnormalities that mainly occur on the abdomen, breasts, upper and forearms, hips and buttocks. In addition to pregnant women and adolescents, overweight people and bodybuilders also have an increased risk of developing stretch marks. Stretch marks tend to spontaneously fade over time. Only a limited cosmetic result can be achieved with current treatment methods. The stretch marks do not disappear completely.

Synonyms stretch marks

  1. Alternative names for stretch marks are:

What is stretch marks?

  1. Stretch marks are irregular, linear skin lesions that look like streaks or lines and are created when the subcutaneous connective tissue is pulled apart, causing scars in the subcutaneous tissue. Stretch marks are in fact breaks in the skin, where the top layer remains intact, but the deeper layer, which mainly contains supporting tissue, weakens and tears. Stretch marks form when the skin is stretched. It is mainly found in individuals who are growing rapidly (during the growth spurt of puberty), in individuals who are gaining weight rapidly and in pregnant women. This is due to the rapid growth of the body part in question, causing over-stretching of the skin. Stretch marks can also develop in bodybuilders from an increase in muscle tissue from intense exercise.

Symptoms of stretch marks

  1. Stretch marks appear as red to purple parallel streaks or lines in the skin that fade over time and become skin or ivory. The lines can vary in length from a few centimeters to as much as twenty centimeters, and they grow longer and wider over time. [! 157357 => 1130 = 510!] Treatment: remove stretch marks

  1. There is no curative, ie curative, treatment for stretch marks. Due to the natural course, the stripes become less visible over time. They slowly lose the striking red or purple color and become more skin-colored. A number of treatments may help this process, but neither repeated laser treatments nor creams will make the welts disappear.

No treatment

  1. In adolescents with stretch marks, treatment is not always necessary, as these may become less noticeable or disappear completely over time.

Tretinoin cream for recently developed stretch marks

  1. Tretinoin is a retinoid and this is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A inhibits the breakdown of collagen. Tretinoin cream has some beneficial effect on recently developed stretch marks, according to several studies that were unfortunately small in design. [!2/3] This is some improvement that slightly reduces the aspect of stretch marks, but the results are limited. Research shows that after 6 months there was an improvement in the stretch marks, with both the length (-20%) and the width of the stretch marks having slightly decreased. Side effects that regularly occur are:

Laser therapy for stretch marks

  1. Another treatment option for highly cosmetically disturbing stretch marks is laser therapy. The effectiveness of laser therapy has not (yet) been clearly demonstrated in research and it is often only a temporary improvement. [!4] Laser therapy can reduce the intensity of the stretch marks and improve the texture, but it cannot remove it. However, the redness also subsides on its own over time. It usually takes several sessions to get results.

Prevent stretch marks

  1. Prevention of stretch marks can be done in the following ways:

Preventing stretch marks during pregnancy

  1. Research has shown that women treated with a cream containing Centalla Asiatica extract, alpha tocopherol and collagen elastin hydrolysates developed significantly fewer stretch marks. There is no evidence of the benefit for general use. [!5]

Other preventive measures

  1. Avoid rapid weight gain and avoid excessive muscle gain through intense sports training. Avoid long-term use of topical corticosteroid creams or ointments. Read the package leaflet of the medicine carefully and if necessary ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  2. Avoid rapid weight gain and avoid excessive muscle gain through intense sports training. Avoid long-term use of topical corticosteroid creams or ointments. Read the package leaflet of the medicine carefully and ask if necessary



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