Are Stretch Marks On Back Permanent?

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Q: I have some white colored stretch marks on my back from my teenage. They are still visible at the age of 25 so I want to know are stretch marks on back permanent? Or I have to do some treatments to reduce* them?
Expert Answer

Stretch marks are caused by tearing and scarring on the dermis as a result of a combination of hormonal changes, skin composition and structure, and stretching of the skin most commonly occurring during puberty, pregnancy, and sudden weight gain or weight loss*.

Are Stretch Marks On Back Permanent?

Dermis is the second layer of the skin. This makes it difficult to remove* or heal stretch marks, making them permanent scars on our skin, including those stretch marks on your back.

You may not be able to completely remove* those stretch marks on your back but the good news is that there are several ways by which you can improve* how they appear. You may want to start trying topical stretch mark creams, lotions, and oils, and if these do not work, there are always dermatological procedures that you can choose from.

Apply Tretinoin Cream. Several researches have established that Tretinoin creams like Retin-A can help heal and mask your stretch marks. Make sure to keep your sun exposure minimal, however, as tretinoin makes the skin more prone to sun damage.

Use Stretch Marks Removal Cream. Stretch marks are caused by damage to collagen fibers in your skin. Stretch marks removal creams are infused with collagen and promise* to aid* in skin’s collagen repair and production so that old scars can heal. Many experts are skeptical about these products but it is still worth a try.

Use Natural And Essential Oils. If you prefer products with natural or organic sources, try applying cocoa butter, shea butter, or virgin coconut oil on your stretch marks. Some studies on stretch marks and moisturizers have in fact argued that it may not be the oil or cream used on the stretch marks that improves* its appearance rather, it is the massaging on the affected area that may be doing the trick. Sunflower oil, considered by many women as a natural beauty oil, may also be a good alternative.

Eat Well. The skin requires Vitamins A, C, and E, and zinc for collagen production and skin repair. Make sure you get loads of these good stuff in your diet daily. Potatoes, carrots, green leafy vegetables, lettuce, and dried apricots are some of the foods rich in Vitamin A. Foods rich in Vitamin C include broccoli, oranges, cranberries, and strawberries. Foods rich in Vitamin E include broccoli, spinach, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts and kiwi. Zinc cannot be derived from food and so supplementation is necessary. Vitamin supplements are recommended but only in required doses. Even with vitamins, too much of these good stuff can also harm you.

Consult Your Dermatologist. If you think you want to consider a dermatological procedure, ask your dermatologist about the procedure that best fits you and your budget. One of the current promising options available is fractional laser treatment. Fractional laser treatment is a non-invasive treatment that works by stimulating very small patches of skin. It is currently the only laser treatment capable of healing* both the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, which means it can reach damaged areas of your skin that caused you to develop stretch marks. The action of the laser stimulates the dermis to produce* new collagen which replaces the damaged collagen fibers.

With stretch marks, the earlier you try products and procedures, the better* your chances are of healing* them if not, of making them invisible.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.