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Stretch Marks: Definition, Causes, Comparison with Cellulite and How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

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Stretch marks and cellulite are two problems that affect a lot of women. Some women confuse stretch marks with cellulite and think that they are similar and have the same causes. They are both not a dangerous skin problem, but they are different.

It is good to know what stretch marks are and what their causes are. You will find on this page everything you need to know about stretch marks and also how to get rid of stretch marks using some home products. But if you don’t have time to read and prepare any home solutions, and you just want to get rid of them as soon as possible, then read about Dermology Stretch Mark Cream which both prevents and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. Pregnant Woman Moisturizing Belly

What Are Stretch Marks?

In order to understand how to get rid of stretch marks, it’s important to first understand what they are and their causes. Stretch marks can be defined as visible lines which appear on the skin’s surface. Stretch marks assume an off-color hue that is very unattractive to look at. As the name suggests, stretch marks occur when the skin’s middle layer is overstretched. The marks occur mainly in the abdominal wall, although they are common in many other areas i.e. upper arms, thighs, buttocks and breasts. Although stretch marks usually affect a small area of the body, they may also occur over large areas.

Main Causes of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks form in the middle layer of the skin (dermis) when the skin’s connective tissue is overstretched beyond its flexibility capacity as a result of rapid expansion/contraction. One of the most common causes of stretch marks in women is pregnancy. Other causes of stretch marks across all genders include; sudden weight loss or gain, rapid growth, stress, hereditary factors as well as changes in physical conditions. I have never been overweight, but I used to struggle with stretch marks after my first pregnancy and I got rid of them with Dermology cream.

Stretch Marks and Cellulite

Like cellulite, stretch marks aren’t regarded as a health hazard. They, however compromise skin beauty which is why people want to get rid of them. Both cellulite and stretch marks result in unattractive looking skin. The two skin problems also share causes, i.e. sudden weight gain/loss and hereditary factors. The two can also become health hazards indirectly when they cause physiological problems such as low self-esteem and severe stress. It is however possible to get rid of stretch marks and cellulite. Our focus here will be on stretch marks. If you want to get rid of cellulite Click Here.

How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks

Since stretch marks are caused when the skin’s dermis is overstretched (which weakens collagen production, resulting in fine scars under the skin’s top layer), most effective stretch mark remedies focus on strengthening collagen production as well as fading the appearance of stretch marks. With that said, let’s get right into it and discuss top natural remedies.

Home Stretch Marks Remedies

  1. Olive Oil: Applying olive oil will help you prevent as well as get rid of stretch marks because olive oil is rich in Vitamin E which is known to restore skin tissue. The oil also softens the skin, making it more elastic which in turn reduces occurrence of stretch marks.
  2. Lemon Juice: The natural acids found in lemon juice have been tested and proven to help fade as well as bleach stretch marks. You just need to rub some freshly squeezed lemon juice on the affected areas for a few minutes every day, let it dry for approximately 10 minutes and rinse it off to get rid of stretch marks.
  3. Potato Juice: Potato juice is also effective in getting rid of stretch marks naturally because the juice is rich in vitamins and minerals that promote growth and restoration of damaged skin cells. You just need to slice a fresh potato and rub the juice on the affected areas for a few minutes, let it dry for approximately 10 minutes and rinse.
  4. Cocoa or Shea Butter: Massaging cocoa or Shea butter on the areas of your skin with stretch marks a few minutes a day will also help to reduce and eventually eliminate stretch marks. Cocoa or Shea butter is also great for preventing stretch marks caused by pregnancy.
  5. Aloe Vera: This is another effective stretch mark remedy. Aloe Vera has great natural skin healing and soothing properties that help in getting rid of stretch marks. Aloe Vera can be applied or consumed as a supplement.

Stretch Marks Creams

There are many stretch marks cream available on Amazon.com and in other places. As I mentioned earlier, I had great results with Dermology Stretch Mark Cream. Another great product that my friend used with a great success, is Revitol Stretch Mark Cream, which helped her reduce the appearance of stretch marks in two weeks. I haven’t tested any others stretch mark creams. If you have, please leave a comment below and tell us how it worked.

Stretch Marks Prevention

It’s always better to prevent things, than trying to get rid of them. The same applies to stretch marks. You can prevent stretch marks with some creams, like Revitol and Dermology.

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Summary

The above information summarizes everything you need to know about stretch marks, from what they are, to their causes, and how to get rid of them. Although there may be other ways of getting rid of stretch marks, the above ways are adequate enough to give you exemplary results. Try them out! But if you’re looking for a practical stretch marks solution, that can be bought on the internet, visit Dermology Stretch Mark Cream.



7 Comments


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    Hi!Thanks for this info.I have stretch marks on my arms and I feel so self-conscious when I have to wear anything sleeveless-in fact, I don’t own anything sleeveless! Will definitely give the dermology cream a try.Are there any side-effects that I should be aware of? I have sensitive skin!


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      Hi, I’ve never had or heard of any bad side effects from Dermology, but if you have very sensitive skin, it is always better to check with a doctor first. Thanks.


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    Hi Sandy,

    Interesting article, I really enjoyed the reading!
    When I was pregnant I got some horrible stretch marks and If I remember I’ve put almond oil to get rid of them, but unfortunately it didn’t help:(
    Since then, I always wear one piece swimsuit instead of a bikini as I am a shame to show these stretch marks. You have given such good information on how to get rid of them by simply put natural plants and oils. I have plenty of Aloe Verra in my garden, so I now know what to to with it. I will let you know the result:)
    Just one question, please. How long will it take to see the stretch marks’ disappearance?
    Thank you for this excellent post!


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      Hi Daniella,

      If the stretch marks are old, it could take a few weeks to get rid of them or at least to make them less visible, if you apply Aloe Vera twice a day. The earlier after pregnancy Aloe vera is applied the better. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

      Thanks for the nice comment!


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    Thanks for this useful info. It comes just in time for the summer season. Stretch marks are really an issue for most women. I thought they appeared due to aging and that there was not much to do about it.

    I know that shea butter is great to treat them but many products that use it don’t have it in enough quantity to make a difference. Probably because it’s too expensive… Do you know a product that really provides a high percentage of shea butter ingredient?
    Thanks!


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      Your’re welcome Carolyn,

      You can get organic unrefined shea butter from Amazon.com for $10.95.


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    My doctor recommended dermalmd stretch mark serum after I gave birth to diminish my stretch marks. After 8 weeks, they have faded tremendously. I also use this serum on my face since its for wrinkles too and my face feels softer and I have fewer breakouts than with other moisturizers I have used.

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