Scars And Stretch Marks: How To Tackle These Marks

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Ananya Bhattacharjee
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Scars:

Scar is what remains when a wound heals. Scars occur in various forms and are caused by various reasons, like injury acne, burns or surgery. Facial scars are prominent and take time to heal; as they are exposed to the environment they have a harder time healing. There are different types of scars:

  • Keloid scars which result from an aggressive healing process,
  • Contracture scars which occur from burns,
  • Hypertrophic scars which are similar to keloid scars but don’t extend beyond the injury area,
  • Acne scars which occur from a breakout of acne

Treatment for Scars:

There are various treatments for scars, which include:

  • Prescription creams: These ointments are available in medical stores and are used to heal scars that occur from injuries or wounds.
  • Surgical treatment: For deeper scars, surgical procedure is required to erase the scar. Surgical procedures include skin grafts, excision or laser surgery procedures where the scar is healed surgically.
  • Injections: Doctors also prescribe steroid injections for treating scars which become more noticeable. The steroid injections are often coupled with other treatments.
  • Dermabrasion: This is a popular method of treating facial scars where the dermatologist exfoliates the topmost skin layer with a brush.
  • Chemical peel: In chemical peels, a mild acid is put on the skin which exfoliates the epidermis layer to reveal a new layer of skin. There are three types of chemical peel- deep peel, superficial peel, and medium peel.
  • Laser resurfacing: In this process too, the topmost skin layer is removed or exfoliated. The only difference is that high powered laser beams are used for the skin removal process.

Stretch Marks:

Stretch marks are signs that remain when the skin stretches and changes shape due to body growth or weight gain. Initially, the stretch mark will appear as a thin line across the skin and it shapes up as a different texture than the surrounding skin. Though many stretch marks fade away with time, some become more prominent ad leaves traces.  Stretch marks are mostly caused by puberty and pregnancy.

Treatment for Stretch Marks:

The treatment options for stretch marks include the following:

  • Creams, Ointments, and Gels: There are many ointments available in the market today which treat stretch marks. However, it is important to note that the ointments should be used only for the stretch marks and the effect seems less on mature marks. The ointments should be used regularly every day for weeks to have the desired results.
  • Prescription medicine: Medicines containing hyaluronic acid and tretinoin makes stretch marks less noticeable. Retinol, a type of retinoid also helps to fade away stretch marks.
  • Medical treatments: Dermatologists use procedures like chemical peel, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, radiofrequency and ultrasound to cure stretch marks.
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Home remedies for curing stretch marks:

Getting rid of stretch marks is not an easy process. It takes time and much effort if one resorts to home remedies and used of home-based ingredients to cure stretch marks. Some of them include the following:

  • Vitamin A: This retinoid is useful to cure stretch marks. Applying Vitamin A topically or consuming it orally can contribute to the skin health and help stretch marks to fade away with time.
  • Sugar: Applying a sugar scrub on the area is helpful to cure stretch marks. Mix one cup sugar with 1/4 cup of almond oil or coconut oil, add lemon juice and scrub the pack on the area of the stretch mark for 8- 10 minutes.
  • Aloe Vera: This is a skin softener and works wonders for the skin. It helps to fade away stretch marks as a natural healing agent. Apply pure undiluted Aloe Vera from the plant to the stretch marks regularly after the shower.
  • Coconut Oil: This is another natural healing product that heals scars and stretch marks easily. Apply virgin coconut oil to the stretch marks every day and see them fade away and lighten.

Stretch marks and scars can be treated well with different treatment options- both naturally and medically. If you have any of these two, don’t worry, just apply the home-based products to lighten and the marks would fade away sooner than you think!