How to get rid of stretch marks
Stretch marks are far more common than you might think and are most common after growth spurts, weight gain and pregnancy. During sudden periods of growth, the second layer of the skin (the dermis) is stretched and pulled apart which damages the collagen in the dermis. When the growing stops, the top layer of the skin over the stretch marks often appear soft and wrinkly because it’s no longer supported by strong collagen.
While there’s little you can do to prevent stretch marks from forming; increasing collagen production helps to minimise their appearance:
- Microneedling: Fine needles penetrate the skin, triggering our wound healing response resulting in collagen production, which is stronger and firmer than before. Regular home rolling is a great tool to improve the appearance of scaring and stretch marks.
- Topical skincare: Retinol or Vitamin A products are a great option as they work by increasing collagen production and improving skin tone and texture.