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Reviewing every life event you’ve written on your profile, you realized that you’ve been through so many big changes throughout the years--as your stretch marks can attest.
Excess fats and calories due to stress eating back in college resulted in weight gain, and not just minor weight gain, but a major pounds! Then, because you met someone amazing, you were inspired to make yourself sexier and beautiful.
Well, it worked. You lost weight. However, the stretch marks from excess weight were left behind. Now, because you’re on the pregnancy stage, the worries are coming back. How many stretch marks this life event would give you, you ask?
But what if you’re a guy? Losing weight and getting a killer bod isn’t restricted to females. Sometimes, men might even have more stretch marks because their skin is less supple and they put it through more rigorous training.
If you noticed long, narrow streaks of red, purple, pink, or reddish brown scars on your skin, you know that these are none other than stretch marks, though the color might vary from person to person depending on the skin type and skin tone.
A stretch mark is a result of the rapid and extreme stretching of the skin which interferes the production of collagen, a protein that makes our skin strong and elastic.
The stretched skin is broken deep below the epidermis, where the elastin that makes skin bounce back to its original shape is torn.
There are many reasons why people suffer from stretch marks. Usually, this skin problem is hereditary or caused by pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss, aging, steroid use and rapid muscle growth.
Both men and women may suffer from stretch marks. Based on a research, 90% of pregnant women get stretch marks, while 70% of women who are not pregnant are also affected by these scars. Meanwhile, 40% of men also suffer from this problem.
During puberty, an average of 7 girls and 4 boys out of 10 get them due to hormonal and rapid growth changes.
Whatever the reason is, it is surely difficult to completely remove stretch marks, especially the older ones. Perhaps, you even asked Google a few times how to remove old stretch marks at home. Well, hold on, the answer is here.
You could not stop stretch marks from appearing on your skin, but thanks to recent technological advancement, there are so many ways you can do to make them fade away. So, how do you get rid of stretch marks?
One of the methods widely used for getting rid of stretch marks is microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a safe, non-surgical procedure of removing dead skin cells from the topmost layer of the skin through a handheld piece that directs micro aluminum oxide crystals (the main ingredient for the exfoliation process) on the skin’s surface.
Microdermabrasion takes around 30 to 60 minutes per session which isn’t painful, but causes a warming and sanding sensation.
Though the procedure is best performed by skincare professionals, there are also available machines and products you can purchase to do microdermabrasion for stretch marks at home.
Others might suggest that you should opt for well-known invasive treatments instead of microdermabrasion. Nevertheless, microdermabrasion has a lot of advantages. It can do so many amazing things to fix your problem.
The sessions require a short time period as compared to other treatments. There’s no downtime required. It’s also relatively painless unless you are super sensitive to heat.
Also, if you prefer microdermabrasion at home for stretch marks, you get a great deal- a cheaper yet effective treatment.
Aside from these advantages, there are a lot more things that microdermabrasion can do:
As we’ve mentioned a while ago, microdermabrasion makes use of tiny crystals that remove dead skin cells from your epidermis.
You might say though, “But the problem goes beyond the outermost layer of the skin. It’s right in the dermis.”
Yes, that’s right, but stretch marks need strong exfoliation to remove all the damaged skin. A stretch mark is part of a damaged skin.
Our skin undergoes a natural cell regeneration process that gets rid of old damaged cells, and replaces them with newer, fresher ones. Aging decreases the pace of our skin’s natural cell regeneration process. Because of this, our skin flaws become more visible.
This is why we need to exfoliate. Exfoliation is a way of helping our skin remove damaged cells, and reveal healthier ones. Remember though that sometimes, exfoliation causes irritation, so it is important to use rejuvenating products that will help your skin undergo a natural healing process.
Both collagen and elastin are important components of our skin tissue. Collagen gives our skin strength, youthful vibrance and protection while elastin makes our skin flexible and stretchy.
Collagen is found in the different layers of the skin, but the dermis has plenty of it, while elastin is found mostly in the middle part of the skin. Having a stretch mark is a sign that you need more of these two important substances.
The answer to this need? Again, it’s microdermabrasion. It does not only exfoliate, but also enables the skin to produce more collagen and elastin.
To do this at home, the process might be more effective if you do it gradually. Start the session once a week, gradually increasing it to two or three times in the following weeks.
To maximize the effects of microdermabrasion, use Retin-A for an enhanced elastin production and apply a homemade Vitamin C serum to increase collagen production as part of your microdermabrasion skin routine.
Ever since you had these stretch marks, you’ve tried so many over-the-counter products, at home DIY methods and many other things that could make them fade away.
But still, they grow older over time and they seem to stay that way forever.
You’ve been asking how to get rid of old stretch marks, but there seems no answer.
The products you’ve been trying are promising dramatic results, but it seems that what you see on advertisements are unreliable. What went wrong?
Truth is, these products could actually improve the appearance of stretchmarks, but you hardly see an improvement because they can’t penetrate the deeper layers of your skin.
Through microdermabrasion, the products that you use to treat stretch marks become more effective. Microdermabrasion allows them to go deep down the layers of your skin. The products that can be used along with microdermabrasion are those that have Vitamin C, retinol and GHK-cu.
While microdermabrasion works primarily on the topmost layer of the skin, it can also help in improving your circulation and lymph flow--the two internal factors that can make so much difference on how your skin looks like.
Besides following different methods and guides on how to remove stretch marks, you should pay attention on how your circulation and lymph flow is doing.
Good circulation revives our lifeless skin complexion that comes with aging and enables faster healing of inflamed skin. Better health gives your skin a great glow and helps keep new stretch marks away.
On the other hand, good lymph flow is essential in all the organs and cells of our body. Our lymphatic system removes unwanted fats which are the ultimate reason why stretch marks occur.
Examine closely several microdermabrasion for stretch marks before and after pictures, and you’ll see that the difference is evident. Before, stretch marks are more obvious, but after a few sessions of microdermabrasion, you can see that the tone, texture and color of the skin has really improved.
Microdermabrasion best works with chemical peels, such as a glycolic acid peel, to make the stretch marks go away, and if not, lighten considerably. With this treatment combo, you will be able to experience finer tone, smoother, clearer skin.
A little heads up: For your microdermabrasion treated skin, you should use sun protection since it becomes more vulnerable to sun damage. You will only enjoy the results if you will do your utmost effort to protect your skin from anything that might interfere with the treatment.
- Keep in mind that stretch marks mean that you have damaged skin. Before you use any microdermabrasion device or cream on your body, you have to make sure that you won’t have an adverse reaction.
- Test the device or cream under your chin or on a hidden part of your body as per the instructions. This ensures that you won’t break out, redden excessively or have bad skin after using a microdermabrasion device.
- Better yet, ask a dermatologist which products are great for home use and which spa treatments you need to get. They can tell you how to get results faster or which packages have real value for money.
- Some devices and creams work better on fresh, new stretch marks while others work better on faded ones.
- Keep in mind that microdermabrasion is still a medical procedure and you undertake it at home and in the clinic with a set of known risks. This is why it’s very important to ask a dermatologist before doing anything to your skin.
Stretch marks come in many colors- red, purple, pink, or white, but one thing is for sure- nothing will happen if you only keep on wishing for it to vanish. You need to be conscientious about your skin.
Microdermabrasion is the answer.
It effectively exfoliates, actively increases collagen and elastin,helps stretch mark products work faster, enhances circulation and lymph flow and makes the skin younger, clearer, and smoother.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain with microdermabrasion. Get that stretch mark-free, flawless skin. Achieve it. You can do it with consistency and patience. The results may not show up fast, but no worries, we know that great things happen over time.
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