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How can I get rid of stretchmarks ?

Prevention is better than cure, as most doctors would like to say. This also applies to stretch marks, those painless but annoying gashes that appear on your arms, legs, or hips. The skin can only stretch so much – if it is distended more than it should, stretch marks will appear. This usually happens when you have gained a lot of weight rapidly. It can also be caused by hormonal imbalance such as those resulting from Cushing’s Syndrome or prolonged steroid use.

Stretch marks are actually very deep scars caused by the tearing of tiny fibers beneath the skin. Because of its location, it is difficult to look for skin products that will completely take them away. However, cosmetic companies have developed treatments that helps lighten stretch marks so that they won’t be as visible anymore.

Exfoliation is one way to get rid of stretch marks. By removing some layers of dead skin to let fresh skin underneath surface, you can reduce the risk of having stretch marks. Baking soda and oatmeal are common agents that can be prepared at home to act as exfoliating agents. After treatment, make sure to lather the skin with lotion so as to keep moisturized. This treatment may or may not work, depending on the location and severity of the marks.

More severe stretch marks are usually treated by laser treatments or skin peels. These are often quite expensive and they can cause some pain. While these do not actually repair the scar tissue, many people attest that it is effective in improving the appearance of the skin.

Cosmetic surgery is also used to remove the scar tissue. One benefit of this treatment is that the skin is usually stretched to cover what has been removed, thus reducing the visibility of stretch marks.

In considering what treatment to have, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional so that you will know the advantages and disadvantages of each solution.

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