Both men and women are susceptible to obtaining stretch marks from rapid weight gain or loss. Often stretch marks occur with pregnancy and crash dieting. When skin doesn’t bounce back after being stretched, stretch marks occur in the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin.
When it comes to getting rid of stretch marks, there are a wide variety of treatment options. Over-the-counter creams and lotions exist to soften their appearance, but often surgical procedures give the best results. These procedures include:
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Surgery
Reducing the appearance of stretch marks can also be done with some at-home remedies. Commonly used natural remedies for stretch marks include:
- Rubbing aloe vera directly on stretch marks
- Drinking plenty of water to maintain skin elasticity
- Rubbing lemon juice on stretch marks, allowing it to soak for about 10 minutes and then rinsing.
- Massaging olive oil onto the affected area
- Applying cocoa butter a couple times a day to stretch marks
The best way to prevent stretch marks is by maintaining a normal weight and taking good care of skin- moisturizing, cleansing and drinking plenty of water. If you’re worried about stretch marks associated with pregnancy, talk to your doctor about prevention options.