Get Rid of Stretch Marks on Legs
Find out how to prevent, reduce and get rid of stretch marks on the legs, particularly on the inner thighs, calves and knees.
Stretch marks can appear in many places on the legs – particularly on the inner thighs, knees, hip or even calves. These lines and markings appear when the skin is been stretched rapidly causing a tear of the dermal layers. The resulting tears are referred to as stretch marks or (or “striae” as doctors call them) and generally appear as light pink or purplish streaks that eventually fade to a silvery white color.
Obesity, changes in hormones during puberty and rapid weight fluctuations (weight loss and weight gain) during pregnancy are some of the major causes of stretch marks.
How to Prevent, Reduce and Get Rid of Stretch Marks
One of the best ways to avoid and prevent stretch marks on the legs or any part of the body is to maintain a stable body weight. However, this is not always a viable option, since pregnancy and puberty can both cause stretch marks, so you may want to consider other options for reducing the appearance of striae.
- One can reduce the likelihood of developing stretch marks by keeping a healthy diet. Eat plenty of veggies and lean meat for protein, to get plenty of stretch mark “fighting” nutrients such as zinc, vitamins A, E and D and antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free radicals that cause skin damage; while zinc and vitamins will boost collagen production and enhance skin elasticity.
- You are more likely to develop stretch marks on your legs if the skin around your thighs, calves and knees becomes too dry. To limit the development of unsightly stretch marks on the legs, especially around the inner thighs, keep the skin soft and supple with the use of moisturizers rich with emollients like Bella B Tummy Honey Butter. Drinking lots of water daily to keep your skin hydrated can also help.
- If one wants to try basic home remedies to get rid of stretch marks on the inner thighs, calves or hips, things like massaging the skin with oil (such as flaxseed or olive oil) can help reduce the appearance. Another great way to reduce the appearance is simply by “covering” the stretch marks with sunless tanning lotion. Once the bronze or tan color sets in, the stretch marks should become virtually invisible.
- Using stretch mark creams and lotions that contains some or a combination of antioxidants, Retin-A, alpha hydroxyl acids, coenzyme Q10, amino acids and Vitamin E extracts can also help prevent and get rid of stretch marks on the thighs and legs. However if you’re pregnant and considering using anything containing synthetic ingredients, be sure to consult with a professional doctor before hand, to ensure that it will be safe while carrying a baby.
- The removal of the old, dead skin cells through the process of exfoliation can also be an excellent way to get rid of stretch marks on the legs. Exfoliation can be performed through in-office microdermabrasion or at home with the help of sponges or loofahs rubbing on the skin in a circular motion. To prevent over exfoliation which can dry and irritate the skin, remember to combine the process with the use of moisturizers.
- For individuals who have very bad stretch marks may want to turn to more invasive treatments such as laser stretch marks removal therapy. Since stretch marks are similar to scar tissues, laser treatment helps break down the scar tissue. After treatment, new skin cell growth begins to repair and heal itself, thus causing the existing stretch marks to look less visible. However laser therapy are costly and will require multiple treatments to get rid of the stretch marks completely.