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How can I get rid of stretch marks on my stomach?

Q: How can I get rid of stretch marks on my stomach?

A: To remove stretch marks acquired during pregnancy, use ½ tsp of aloe, ½ tsp of papaya pulp, 1 tsp rose water, 1 tsp of sandalwood powder, 10 drops of almond oil and 2 drops of lavender oil. Add 2 tsp milk cream to this and make the paste.  Apply over the affected skin and massage gently before a bath. Doing this twice a week will take care of the marks.

Do I know what is Stretch Marks?

If no, here it is. Striae, also known as Stretch Marks in general language, is a type of scarring of the skin with an off-color hue. They are almost all the times, caused by tear of the dermis, the elastic middle layer of skin. The scar may diminish over the time, but they never disappear 100%. The stretch marks are the result of rapid skin stretching often associated with rapid growth of surrounding areas of skin or rapid weight changes.

Stretch marks sometimes occur with hormonal reasons associated with puberty, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, etc. The skin generally does not retract back in the case of rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss.

The skin decorates with a hur colored form which often start off as reddish or purplish in color and later gets glossy with silver or white streaks. It can occur equally in men and women on different body areas including abdomin, thighs, hips, breasts, etc.

Curing the stretch marks by Prescription Methods

After scientific research, it has been found that there is no cream which can cure the stretch marks 100%. ALthough the success rate is close to 7-80%, these prescription methods are the most popular. One of the most recommended prescription creaem is "Tretinoin cream" which can cure the stretch marks upto 70-80%. Another way to achieve treatment is through the laser therapy which can address stretch marks.

Other treatments which can be used for the purpose of improving the appearance of stretch marks, are laser treatments, dermabrasion, and prescription retinoids. Very few studies exist to support the claim of dermatology firms about the creams which can eliminate stretch marks.

Other recommended stretch marks treatment options

Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure for removing stretch marks in lower abdominal area. There are some over-the-counter products also available which can be used to remove stretch marks. But, they are not particularly effective. Moisturizers can help with appearance and itchiness.

Its a good idea to consult a dermatologist for the stretch marks cure, based on the type and reasons behind the stretch marks specific to you.

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