Stretch marks are the result of rapid growth. While they can happen during growth spurts and pregnancy, stretch marks commonly occur as a result of weight gain and obesity. As the skin stretches to accommodate growing flesh, scars occur. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to get rid of stretch marks due to obesity. Some treatment methods are more invasive and expensive than others, and it may take a variety of different treatments to effectively fade your stretch marks.
Apply cocoa or Shea butter to your stretch marks. Both butters are highly moisturizing, helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. When your skin is dry, stretch marks will be more apparent.
Use a scar treatment cream on your stretch marks. Most scar treatment creams contain natural ingredients like onion extract which gradually fades stretch marks. You must apply the cream three times daily for at least 12 weeks before you see results. You can find scar treatment creams available over-the-counter at most drug stores.
Massage your stretch marks. Use a firm circular motion to rub your stretch marks for two to three minutes each day. Massage increases circulation, helping blood and nutrients to reach the area more easily, thereby aiding the healing process.
Get chemical peels. A licensed professional will apply chemicals which react with the top layers of your skin, effectively burning them away. Once your skin heals, your stretch marks will be less noticeable. Generally, a series of chemical peels are needed to achieve desired results.
Consider microdermabrasion. A small, sandblaster-type device is used to buff away the surface levels of skin. Your skin will be raw and irritated after treatments. Within a few days, your skin will look smoother and younger, and your stretch marks will be lighter and less apparent. Again, repeated sessions are generally necessary.
Try laser treatment. Laser light targets the scar tissue and darker pigment levels in the stretch marks, breaking them up. It also encourages collagen production so your skin will look firmer and smoother. Be aware that laser treatments can be expensive and painful.
Get regular exercise. Exercise increases circulation and promotes overall body health, helping your skin to heal more expediently.
Avoid sun exposure while you are getting chemical peels, microdermabrasion or laser treatments.