Stretch marks can occur anywhere on the body. Though they are most commonly seen on the stomach, thighs, hips, legs and arms, they can also appear on the neck. Stretch marks on the neck are usually due to weight gain. They are often more apparent after the weight has been subsequently lost. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to get rid of neck stretch marks. It's important to be diligent in your treatment plan to see the best results.
Apply cocoa butter to your stretch marks. Cocoa butter is a long-used home remedy for stretch marks. It deeply moisturizes the skin, increasing its ability to heal itself. Cocoa butter will work best on fairly new stretch marks, so apply it as soon as you see the marks appear.
Use a facial scrub on your neck stretch marks. Exfoliation is key to skin rejuvenation. The older, damaged skin cells will be sloughed away to reveal younger, less damaged cells below. Since your neck skin is similar to your facial skin, choose a facial scrub rather than a body scrub.
Massage your neck stretch marks. This will increase circulation to the area, meaning nutrients and blood will reach the skin more easily. As a result, the skin will more quickly and effectively heal. Use a gentle circular motion to massage the marks for approximately 90 seconds at least twice daily.
Rub a scar treatment cream on your stretch marks. Since the marks are scars on the surface of the skin, any scar treatment cream will be appropriate. Most contain natural ingredients such as onion extract, which has been shown to improve the appearance of stretch marks. It generally takes at least eight weeks to see results.
Get a prescription for Retin-A cream from your dermatologist. Retin-A creams encourage skin cell turnover, meaning new skin cells are produced more rapidly to replace your damaged cells. As a result, your neck stretch marks will lighten over time. Be aware that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun when you use Retin-A creams, so sun protection is essential.
Consider chemical peels. During a peel, chemicals are applied which react with your skin's surface layers. The top layers of skin are burned away to reveal younger, fresher skin below. After a peel, your skin will be red and irritated for a few days. Generally, you'll need a series of chemical peels to effectively lighten your stretch marks.
Talk to your dermatologist about laser treatment for your neck stretch marks. The laser's light will target the texture and pigment of the stretch marks, breaking them up. In addition, laser treatments encourage collagen production, so your skin will appear more even in tone and firmer. With a series of treatments, most stretch marks can be completely removed via lasers.