Commonly seen as a women’s issue, stretch marks can affect anyone because aside from pregnancy, they are also commonly caused by rapid growth and rapid weight gain. Due to their unsightly appearance, most people are concerned with their treatment and removal. If you are serious about treating your stretch marks, we’ve compiled some of the common questions you might have.
Do Stretch Marks Fade on Their Own?
While stretch marks do fade to a lighter colour than their initial appearance, they will never completely disappear. This is because, like a scar, they are the result of damage to the skin’s structure and the loss of collagen.
Can Stretch Marks Be Treated with Over-The-Counter Products?
Yes and no. It is recommended that you use over-the-counter-products alongside professional treatments in order to achieve the best results. We offer a number of homecare products which, in combination with the recommended in-clinic treatments, can be used to improve the look of stretch marks.
Our recommended range of homecare products treats stretchmarks by doing three things: healing, moisturising, and rejuvenating. The Marine Boost Super Serum helps the skin heal itself, while the Sea Collagen Marine Body Serum provides essential moisture, and the Body Exfoliating Gloves help to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.
For darker skin tones that often experience pigmentation issues with stretch marks, the Ultra Light Derma White cream can be used to treat stretch marks as well as the associated pigmentation.
What are the Best Treatments for Stretch Marks?
There is no definite answer for this as the best way to treat stretch marks is evaluated on an individual basis by our skin experts, taking into account the location of the stretch marks, their size, age, and your skin type. Generally, we recommend a combination of different treatments to achieve the best results.
The Marine Peel Treatment works by gently exfoliating the skin, rejuvenating its appearance. In the case of stretch marks, this means that they appear smoother than before the treatment. Unlike other peels, our exclusive Marine Peel Treatment works efficiently but gently, is contains soothing and hydrating natural ingredients to promote healing.
Also working on the top layer of the skin to treat stretch marks is the Advanced Dermabrasion treatment. Commonly referred to as medical-grade microdermabrasion, the treatment involves the use of medical grade crystal or diamond crusts, to remove the top layer of skin. This triggers the body’s wound healing response and the production of collagen and elastin. Despite sounding painful, you should only feel some discomfort during the treatment, after which your stretch marks will appear smoother and plumper.
To complement these treatments, we also recommend Collagen Induction Therapy, which works on the deeper layers of the skin to tackle the look of stretch marks. Like Advanced Dermabrasion, Collagen Induction Therapy treats stretch marks by triggering the body’s wound healing response but it does so on a deeper level.
Can Stretch Marks Be Treated on All Skin Types?
Stretch marks can be treated on both light and dark skin tones, however, darker skin tones will require extra care in order to not cause any hyperpigmentation issue. Because of this, we recommend consulting a skin expert in order to find the combination of treatments that will work best for your skin type and stretch marks.
Call All Types of Stretch Marks Be Treated?
Yes. Although stretch marks have different causes – such as pregnancy, rapid growth, and rapid weight gain – once they have formed, they are all treated using similar techniques. This is because no matter what their cause is, all stretch marks are essential scars, resulting from the overstretching of the skin and the loss of collagen and elastin. However results do vary.