Stretch marks, also called striae, occur when skin changes its shape rapidly due to aging, weight gain and other reasons. They are a type of scarring that is most visible. However, the appearance of stretch marks is not an indication that there is malfunctioning inside the body.
Stretches marks on hips can appear irrespective of gender i.e. both men and women are likely to get stretch marks. These marks are more likely to occur during pregnancy and at the onset of puberty.
Initially, a stretch mark on the hip will appear as a thin red or purple line on the skin. It may take on a different texture than the surrounding skin layer. Gradually, most stretch marks fade and take on a lighter or almost translucent coloring. They tend to leave the affected area shiny as shown in figure.
It is possible to get rid of stretch marks on hips. Many different ways may help to get rid of them. However, it may take some time to get rid of them completely. Certain remedies may help them to fade more quickly.
Causes of Stretch Marks on Hips
Stretch marks on hips occur due to the rapid stretching of the skin caused due to the overgrowth. Due to excessive stretching collagen fibers which hold the connective tissues together become damaged and this damage to tissue results in the skin becoming overstretched, thus forming stretch marks.
Stretch marks on hips are embarrassing scars and can make you feel awful.
Stretch marks on hips are found common on those people who are indulged in weightlifting, bodybuilding; women are more likely to get them due to pregnancy, weight gain, obesity and the continuous use of topical steroid ointments or with high doses of oral corticosteroid.
When a body is developing rapidly during years of puberty, an individual may likely have stretch marks on hips.
Stretch marks on hips are formed because of the damage caused to the skin cells called elastin and collagen. This damage makes it difficult for the skin to come back to its original state after being overstretched thus, resulting in stretch marks on hips.
Self-care for stretch marks
The following are some ways that can be used to treat stretch marks on hips at home.
Following oils have proven to reduce or eliminate the appearance stretch marks on hips
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Castor oil
However, a review report of 2015 has shown that cocoa butter and olive oil didn’t show a positive effect on reducing stretch marks on hips. In contrast, a study in 2012 has shown has almond oil coupled with gentle massage can be used to treat stretch marks on hips. This remedy has also proven to be useful for pregnant women.
Besides the number of oils mentioned above, 12 other essential oils may be used in stretch mark treatment.
Avoid the use of corticosteroid creams, lotions, and pills. They decrease the skin’s ability to stretch, which can cause stretch marks.
Water is extremely important to keep skin healthy. About eight glasses of water are essential for a person to drink if he wishes to maintain good skin. Good hydration adds resilience to the skin. The more resilient the skin is the less likely it is that skin may get stretch marks on hips.
Vitamin A is referred to as a retinoid. Retinoids make skin smoother and youthful. They are frequently used in many over-the-counter topical cosmetic creams.
Consumption of topical extract of vitamin A, or taking vitamin A orally, can greatly contribute towards skin’s health and overall appearance. A diet rich in carrots and sweet potatoes might help to increase your vitamin A levels and prevent stretch marks on hips.
Some people use sugar as a homeopathic microdermabrasion method.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure performed by a dermatologist to make stretch marks fade. This method has shown good results in eliminating stretch marks. So this home remedy seems worth a try.
Make a sugar scrub and rub on the skin, this will exfoliate the area. To do this follows the steps below:
- Mix one cup sugar with 1/4 cup of a softening agent, like almond oil or coconut oil, before mixing to the consistency of wet beach sand.
- Add some lemon juice.
- Scrub the mixture on the part of your body where the stretch marks are.
- Repeat several times a week while in the shower, making sure to rub the mixture on for 8-10 minutes.
Collagen is a protein that maintains the shape and appearance of the skin. This protein decreases as we age. Collagen production can be improved by consuming an optimum amount of Hyaluronic acid in a capsule or an extract from. This collagen may help the skin to sustain its elasticity and escape the danger of developing stretch marks on hips.
Stretch marks on hips damage the skin, so a massage by a coconut oil can help to heal the wounds resulting from stretch marks. Coconut oil has been studied for its healing properties and it was found that in rats it reduces the time for skin wounds to heal. Applying virgin coconut oil to your stretch marks each day might take away some of their red appearances. Unless you’re allergic to coconuts, this oil is considered safe for the treatment of stretch marks on hips.
Controlling weight gain
Maintaining a healthy weight is extremely important. A person must do walk along with cardiovascular exercises for at 60 min a day to maintain a healthy weight which may help to mitigate the risk of developing stretch marks on hips and other body areas.
Cocoa butter is another option that greatly increases skin hydration and reduces the formation of stretch marks if applied properly all over the body. Cocoa butter keeps the body moisturized and prevents stretch marks.
Take a balanced and rich diet
Balance diet is extremely important to keep the skin healthy. The healthier the skin is the less likely it is to get overstretched and get stretch makes in any body part. Therefore, one must take a diet that is rich in vitamin A, C and E. Vitamin C has proven to stimulate collagen production and repair the damaged skin cells. Vitamin A and Vitamin E are known to increase the healing power of the skin and also maintain the skin elasticity.
Other treatment options
Numerous options are present to treat stretch marks on hips. However, it must e kept in mind that these options cannot guarantee the complete elimination of these stretch marks. Options include:
- Laser therapy: Laser therapy may help fade stretch marks. Several weeks may be required for therapy to be completed however; it usually takes up to 20 sessions for visible results.
- Platelet-rich plasma: According to a 2018 article, injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can help rebuild collagen, making stretch marks on hips less visible.
- Microneedling: It is also known as collagen induction therapy. In this therapy, tiny punctures are made in the top layer of skin to trigger elastin and collagen production. It often takes up to six treatments over about six months to maximize results.
- A 2014 study has shown that microdermabrasion had the same level of impact on stretch marks reduction as tretinoin cream.
Stretch mark removal by surgery
Stretch marks on hips can be diminished using laser treatments however, surgical treatments if effective in getting rid of them. Abdominoplasty is the most common surgical procedure to eliminate stretch marks from abdomen and hips. During this surgery, the abdominal wall is strengthened and excess skin is eliminated from the naval area, hips, and abdomen. This is particularly helpful for pregnant women who after pregnancy can get rid of these marks along with excess skin. Along with its many advantages, this procedure is also accompanying certain disadvantages such as it is costly, and is scarring.
Non-surgical removal of stretch marks
This procedure involves the use of Radiofrequency which has shown to lighten and lift the skin. This also reduces stretch marks on hips as it stimulates collagen production immediately. The most common procedures are Thermage and Venus Freeze. Thermage is quite effective in reducing stretch marks Journal of Dermatologic Surgery has reported that 89% of the patients have shown good to very good improvement in the reduction of stretch marks. 59% has shown good to very good improvement in skin elasticity and stretch marks. Most of the patients have shown considerable improvement in elastic and collagen fibers and results can be seen in the picture below.