Stretch marks is one of the hardest to treat dermatologically. One of the causes would be pregnancy because it stretches your skin in the abdomen. Aside from that, genetics can also play a role. The appearance of stretch marks can vary, it depends on the color of your skin; they can start out pink, reddish brown, brown, or dark brown with some fading over time to a more silvery color.
When stretch marks show up, it's best to treat them as early as possible. Some say that it is best to treat stretch marks when they are still red or purple because they readily respond to treatment. During the later stages they become more challenging to treat.
There are some treatment options to treat stretch marks; the use of Glycolic acid, Vitamin C creams or serum and retinoids because it stimulates the production of collagen. Laser treatment is also a good option because of the synthesis of new collagen, just like the use of fractional CO2 laser. The Fractional CO2 also helps in the treatment of old stretch marks.
In the treatment of stretch marks, don’t expect a 100% improvement, because stretch marks are actually permanent but there are ways to treat or improve them.
by: Dr. Maria Deanna Moreno