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How to get rid of red, purple or white stretch marks

To remove stretch marks, you can resort to homemade treatments, such as skin exfoliation and good hydration or undergo cosmetic treatments, such as laser or microneedling, for example.

To find out which treatment is most appropriate first, you need to identify the color of the stretch mark. The red stretch mark has this color due to the rupture of the blood capillaries and can still be treated, because in this stage their regeneration capacity is great. The purple stretch marks are in an intermediate stage, but they can be easily fixed. White stretch marks appear when there is no longer adequate blood supply to that area, forming a scar on the skin, which indicates that the regeneration capacity of the skin is much smaller.

How to get rid of red, purple or white stretch marks

How to eliminate red stretch marks 

Red stretch marks are new and easier to fix. In this case you should hydrate the skin a lot, betting on healing products. Although it causes intense itching, you shouldn't scratch the skin because this can aggravate the stretch marks.

How to eliminate purple stretch marks 

To eliminate the purple stretch marks we recommend:

  • Exfoliate the skin: you can use a loofah sponge or exfoliating creams that can be bought at cosmetics stores, pharmacies and drugstores, rubbing the stretch marks for 3 to 5 minutes, during the bath, up to 2 times a week.
  • Use a good stretch mark cream, prescribed by a dermatologist, on the affected area and, with your thumb, rub the entire length of the stretch marks until all the product is absorbed through the skin. This massage should be performed daily until the stretch marks disappear. And after the treatment, you should continue to moisturize the skin well to avoid the formation of new stretch marks.

In addition, Rosehip Oil is another excellent choice to disguise stretch marks and scars, helping to smooth and lighten the skin. 

How to eliminate white stretch marks

To eliminate white stretch marks, ideally you should exfoliate the skin, moisturize it very well, and you also need to resort to better aesthetic treatments such as:

  • Peeling with retinoic acid, made by a dermatologist or physiotherapist;
  • CO2 or pulsed light laser that completely eliminates white stretch marks, renewing the skin;
  • Dermaroller with needles that have 2mm diameter that stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, forming a new layer of firmer skin. This treatment should only be done with a dermatologist or physiotherapist specializing in aesthetics.
  • Dermabrasion: it is a kind of mechanical exfoliation in which the superficial layers of the skin are removed, leaving the stretch mark more even.
  • Intradermal therapy: is the application of various chemical substances through injections along the entire length of the stretch mark, improving its appearance and decreasing its size.
  • Galvano therapy: use of a galvanic current apparatus that, through electrical stimulation, promotes deeper penetration of certain chemical substances, which favors the formation of collagen and elastin.

These treatments stimulate local blood circulation, favoring the formation of new collagen and elastin cells, which form the skin, reducing the size and narrowing the stretch marks until they become imperceptible.

Surgery is rarely indicated but when there is a large amount of stretch marks and accumulated fat, one can choose a tummy tuck, for example.

What causes stretch marks

Stretch marks usually appear during pregnancy, because the skin stretches a lot and due to the action of the relaxin hormone, that is responsible for the relaxation of the ligaments, tendons and the skin, making it more fragile and flaccid. Other situations that favor stretch mark formation is puberty, people who put on weight rapidly and people who have to take corticosteroids, because this type of medication reduces the amount of collagen, which gives the skin firmness.

Stretch marks emerge when the skin stretches very much and rapidly, and usually appear in the following areas:

  • Belly;
  • Breasts;
  • Behind or on the side of the arms;
  • Buttocks;
  • Thighs.

In men, stretch marks can appear on the back, horizontally, in the form of stairs.

How to prevent new stretch marks

Avoiding fast weight gain and keeping your skin very moisturized is the best way to prevent stretch marks from forming on the skin. About 8 out of 10 pregnant women get stretch marks, and not all of them will disappear spontaneously. However, when a woman does not put on weight rapidly during pregnancy and is careful to apply creams and oils daily to her skin, the risk of having stretch marks lessens.

Stretch creams are most effective on new stretch marks, which are red or purple. In this case the cream should contain Q10 or have a tensor effect, for example. One should apply the cream with a local massage every day after your bath and can be reapplied several times a day. This same type of cream can be used to prevent the appearance of new stretch marks in the most affected areas such as breasts, tummies, thighs and buttocks.


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