You must have seen stretch marks on the bellies of pregnant women, because their bellies stretch too fast during pregnancy. They try to cover these marks by using different creams, but the marks don’t go. Also, not only pregnant women have these stretch marks. They can appear on the body of any person, irrespective of age or gender.
So, you must be thinking what causes stretch marks? Well, they are a result of tearing or break down of bands of collagen and elastin present in the skin due to excessive stretching of skin. Besides a pregnant woman, these stretch marks can appear in a person who has gained excess weight. Also, these can occur due to rapid body growth during puberty. The marks are initially red or brown in color but soon it fades to white or silvery grey color.
Also, you must be thinking what should you do if you get stretch marks anywhere on your body? Well, you don’t need to worry about them anymore as Dr. Harold Lancer is here to help you with stretch marks removal. He says that before opting for any moisturizing cream or ointment that claims that it can heal stretch marks, a person should keep in mind that no specific research has proven that moisturizing the skin can help in the removal of stretch marks. Also, there is no effective moisturizer available in the market yet that can reach below the skin and heel the scars caused by torn collagen fibers. Also, there is no certain topical treatment that can heal such marks, even if it contains collagen and elastin fibers.
Dr. Lancer talks about glycolic acid, a member of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), as a possible solution for minimizing the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. He says that glycolic acid can minimize the scarring that causes such stretch marks. It can also help in brightening or discoloring your stretch if they are still red or purple in color. Moreover, it can even be more beneficial when used along with vitamin-C. However, Dr. Lancer always says that you should always consult a professional dermatologist before using any method for the treatment of any kind of scar conditions.