Although retinoid creams may work to reduce stretch marks, once you have them you can’t get rid of them. You can only prevent new ones from forming. Like most illnesses, when you know the cause you can take preventative measures from getting almost anything. This has been true with STD’s, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, etc. Stretch marks are no different.
STEP 1: Know the cause
Stretch marks do not discriminate! You can get them when you’re young, old, black, white, male, female, gay, or straight. They occur when our body is growing faster than our skin’s ability to expand. It’s the breaking of elastic fibers in our skin that results in stretch marks.
STEP 2: Take action
Strengthen your elastic fibers.
Have you ever considered why there are so many baby oils and lotions out on the market? It’s because infants are in a rapid state of growth in a short amount of time and their skin needs to be well moisturized so it has enough elasticity to be able to expand at the same rate that their body grows. Have you ever seen a baby with stretch marks? No, because mothers are constantly moisturizing their babies skin so that their elastic fibers stay well hydrated and don’t break.
As we get older, we forget that our bodies continue to grow. As a result, we get stretch marks because we aren’t moisturizing enough. Keeping skin well hydrated allows for more give and stretch without trauma to the skin. The same attention a mother places on hydrating her baby’s skin is the same amount of attention we need to place on our own skin no matter what age we are. Hydrating is especially important if we are preparing for a dramatic lifestyle change: body building, loosing weight, getting pregnant, etc. For this, we need to hydrate months in advanced so that our elastic fibers are prepared to expand and contract without breaking or becoming weak.
You might be genetically predisposed to stretch marks, but you can do something about it! Only you can change your body. In this case, all it takes is starting early and moisturizing everyday.