Stretch marks are coloured lines or streaks appearing on your skin of weight gain or skin growth. They are just tears on the skin and do not have any health amplification.
They begin as red or purple marks, and gradually fade to white or silver colour. Thus, the difference in colour of marks identifies the age of marks. Stretch marks may never completely disappear, but the treatment can lighten the intensity of colour and shrink the marks. Again, stretch marks can also fade away on their own.
Newer, red-coloured stretch marks can be treated easily. They are red because of blood vessels under the skin. The functioning blood vessels also makes the red stretch marks responsive to treatment.
White stretch marks are older and difficult to operate on. With time, blood vessels get narrow and it is hard to stimulate collagen production in them. Treatment results for white stretch marks may not be as great compared to those of red stretch marks. Still, options are available to fade them naturally at a faster rate.
Approaches to white stretch marks treatment
In Laser therapy, lasers penetrate the skin and triggers regeneration that stimulates tissues around stretch marks to heal faster. The therapy stimulates melanin production at the affected area, which activates pigment cells in your skin.
In case other treatments do not work, cosmetic surgery can be chosen. It is an expensive option that can permanently remove white stretch marks.
Exfoliation is the simplest way to treat white stretch marks. It removes the excess dead skin from your body and also new skin from stretch marks. Also, removing dead skin allows other skin treatments to work faster.
Topical ointments are affordable methods that help reduce the appearance of white stretch marks. When applied regularly, topical creams can lighten the stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion is an easy-peasy procedure to reduce white stretch marks. It targets the upper layer of skin and stimulates the skin to tighten collagen and elastin fibers.
Microneedling targets the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin, where the stretch marks form. Tiny needles are poked into your skin to stimulate collagen production that promotes skin regeneration and improves skin’s appearance.