Get Rid of Stretch Marks from Weight Loss


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
[h=1]Get Rid of Stretch Marks from Weight Loss[/h]Stretch marks are an unfortunate reality for people who have undergone rapid or significant weight loss. Stretch marks, also known as striae, occur during weight loss whereby collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin are damaged, resulting in the formation of pink or purple-colored stripes. As they become further indented with time, stretch marks take on a white or silver appearance and are more difficult to treat. You can take steps, however, to make them less visible.

Step 1
Drink plenty of water. Aim for 8 to 10 glasses per day. Water flushes toxins from your body and keeps your body and skin hydrated. Hydrated skin is more pliant and can stretch better.

Step 2
Consume a healthy balanced diet rich in protein and vitamins A and C. These help your skin become tighter and softer over time.

Step 3
Rub cream or lotion onto your skin. Creams, such as Retin-A and Renova, are most effective on stretch marks that are recent. These creams make the stretch marks blend in with your normal skin tone by rebuilding collagen. Creams containing cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin C and vitamin E are also effective with prolonged use. Rub the creams onto your skin at least twice a day and after taking a shower. They make the skin more pliant.

Step 4
Treat your skin with microdermabrasion. This involves removing the topmost layer of the skin with a hand-held device that deposits crystals onto the skin to stimulate new skin growth with elasticity.

Step 5
Undergo laser therapy. This is both the most effective and most expensive way of removing old and recent stretch marks The two main types of laser therapy used are pulsed dye laser therapy and excimer laser therapy. They work by stimulating the growth of both collagen and elastin.

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