Red stretch marks, how to get rid of them: what they are
Stretch marks are a blemish very annoying, hated by men and women. Despite the awareness and acceptance campaign that fashion brands are also carrying out, on the way to body positive, stretch marks can be annoying as regards the aesthetics of our body.
It is essentially the sign that our body is changing shape and therefore the skin, if it is not elastic enough, is not able to adapt quickly to these changes and it ‘tears’.
Stretch marks are therefore of skin lesions caused by the breakdown of collagen fibers, a substance that makes the skin supple. The breakdown of collagen fibers can occur for various reasons and on various areas of the body.
The most frequent reasons are the sudden changes in weight (both weight loss and gaining weight) and pregnancy but also adolescence can lead to the onset of annoying stretch marks. For example, when you grow in height suddenly, stretch marks can form, in this case called ‘youthful’.
Areas of the body in which it is more frequent to come across stretch marks are the chest area, hips, thighs and buttocks but also the breasts.
In the latter area, stretch marks are created especially during pregnancy and during breastfeeding but also after breast augmentation surgery, especially if the implants inserted are considerably large compared to the breast that was previously.
Red and white stretch marks: the difference and how to get rid of them
Many notice a difference in their stretch marks, particularly in their color. They exist in fact two types of stretch marks: one red and one white, which correspond to a different evolutionary phase of stretch marks.
During the Red the stretch mark is wider and more visible. However, this is the first stage of damage to collagen fibers, during which the treatments and methods to eliminate them are more effective. The second evolutionary phase is instead that of white stretch mark, thinner and less visible but more difficult to remove as it has already settled on the skin.
Red stretch marks, how to get rid of them
Taking action on red stretch marks is therefore the best time to get excellent results and eliminate them quickly. One of the best ways to treat red stretch marks at home is to use a retinoid-based cream, derivatives of vitamin A that are able to stimulate the production of collagen and therefore to prevent the formation of new stretch marks but also to attenuate those already formed. Just apply these creams every day for an extended period of time to get the desired effects right away. However, it is important not to use retinoid creams if you are pregnant.
Even the oils for stretch marks, based on vitamin E and vitamin A, have a beneficial effect on red stretch marks: this type of product, however, has greater actions if used preventively.
The safe methods to permanently get rid of red and white stretch marks are the laser treatment, which almost completely eliminates scars and the microdermabrasion. For these types of treatments it is best to rely on the expert hands of a professional, such as a dermatologist.
There prevention of stretch marks it is always a good way out: keeping hydrated by drinking water and using creams daily prevents the formation of new lesions during the most ‘stressful’ periods for the skin.