Stretch marks are scars which occur as a result of skin stretching. While stretch marks are commonly caused by pregnancy and weight gain, it can also occur due to muscle growth. If you are working out vigorously, your muscles may grow rapidly. As the muscles grow, the skin may not be able to accommodate their mass. As a result, the skin is stretched and stretch marks form. Thankfully, there are many methods to get rid of stretch marks after working out.
Things You'll Need
- Cocoa butter
- Silicone scar treatment sheets
- Scar treatment cream
- Laser therapy
- Nutritious diet
- Vitamin E
Rub cocoa butter onto your stretch marks. Cocoa butter is highly moisturizing. It deeply penetrates the skin, keeping it supple and pliable so the skin moves with your muscles rather than pulling against them. Apply cocoa butter to the stretched areas at least twice daily.
Affix silicone scar treatment sheets to the stretch marks. You'll need to leave the sheets in place for approximately a week before removing them. The silicone will penetrate the skin, helping to fade the stretch marks.
Exfoliate your skin twice per week. Use a body scrub and loofah to buff away dead skin cells. This encourages new skin cells to produce more rapidly. The new cells can replace your stretched, damaged cells, helping your stretch marks to fade more quickly.
Apply a scar treatment cream to the affected area. Onion extract has been shown to be an effective ingredient in such creams. Rub the cream onto the stretch marks at least twice daily for two to three months.
Get laser therapy. Laser treatment is one of the most effective means for treating stretch marks. Laser light targets the skin, breaking up scar tissue and lightening areas of darker pigmentation. In addition, the light encourages collagen production, thereby increasing skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Consume a nutritious diet. Proper nutrition is essential for your skin to heal from scarring. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin E and zinc, both of which aid in skin's recovery process.
Try microdermabrasion. It offers more intense exfoliation as a small device is used to buff away surface layers of skin. After a few days, your skin will appear more vibrant and less damaged. With repeated sessions, your stretch marks will be much less apparent.