Stretch marks are definitely something people should try to avoid as these tears which affect the skin can have a very unaesthetic appearance. Stretch marks can affect anyone which gains rapid weight and this usually happens during pregnancy or due to different cause weight or muscle mass gain.

Because they are very visible scientists have been trying to develop a variety of treatments to help get rid of stretch marks, treatments which are natural based, chemical based or through different surgical methods.

Stretch marks appear on the surface of the skin looking like stripes, and these stripes can be whitish in coloration or reddish, these last ones being much more visible due to their coloration. Stretch marks can develop anywhere on the skin from your breasts to your stomach, buttocks or legs, so they can be quite visible especially when wearing clothes which reveal a lot of skin. Stretch marks can affect men as well as women so learn how to prevent or get rid of stretch marks as they can be quite unaesthetic!

So what causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched to a point beyond its elasticity and the skin cells tear. Once the tear has occurred the skin cells are replaced using collagen but the tear remains visible, tear known as a stretch mark.

How to get rid of stretch marks?

Unfortunately there is no miraculous treatment which can help banish stretch marks permanently. However there are a few ways you can help diminish their appearance through the use of certain treatments, but the best treatment by far is prevention. Preventing stretch marks from appearing can be the best treatment and there are a variety of creams available to help prevent stretch marks.

Other methods which you can turn to are:

Non-invasive surgical methods which use non-invasive treatments which can help improve and diminish the appearance of stretch marks. These methods are:

# chemical peels
# micro-dermabrazion
# laser treatments

These are the most popular non-invasive surgical methods today and they can be quite effective. The downside to these treatments however is the cost, some of these procedures costing several hundred dollars per session.

Other treatments are available as well such as creams which can help diminish or reduce the appearance of stretch marks so before you turn to more expensive procedures give these alternative treatments a try as they are less expensive and can be quite effective in some cases. Some of these treatments include:

# Moisturizing oils body massages
# Alpha Hydroxy Acid creams
# Retinol creams
# Salicylic acid creams
# Cocoa butter

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