As you progress through the journey of life, your body eventually gains and displays certain lines, blemishes, or scars that distinguish and commemorate your personal experiences. One of the most common types of scarring is stretch marks, which can be gained during puberty, pregnancy, periods of weight gain, or as a result of medications or illness.


While stretch marks are extremely common and more people are now taking pride in their “tiger stripes”, they can also come with feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness, shame, or emotional distress. So it’s no wonder that tackling stretch marks can help you regain your confidence, restore your sense of self, and just help you feel good about yourself again.


However, this is often easier said than done. Removing stretch marks is an extremely frustrating process for many people, and they can take months or even years to fade on their own. There’s also no instant cure-all or removal process for stretch marks at the moment without resorting to cosmetic surgery or other invasive methods.


If you’re hoping to tackle stubborn stretch marks, here are some tips that can help:


1. Hydrate and moisturise


Hydrating and moisturing your skin is one of the most common tips when it comes to tackling stubborn stretch marks. This can mean using dedicated anti-stretch mark butters, creams, and oils, or even your usual regular hydration products and moisturisers. However while many people have anecdotally shared that moisturising has helped them with their stretch marks, do note that there is no definitive scientific evidence out there linking moisturising to stretch mark removal.


2. Exfoliate


Regularly exfoliating your skin can help remove dead skin cells, trigger collagen production, even out skin texture, and encourage cellular renewal in the skin. This prepares your skin to better absorb moisturisers and allows them to penetrate deeper into your skin for better results.


While there are many types of exfoliants out there, remember not to scrub your skin too hard. Being overly aggressive or rough may cause damage to your skin barrier, which can worsen stretch marks or even cause other types of skin irritation.


3. Apply Vitamin A or Retinoid


Vitamin A (also known as Retinoids) have become popular in facial skincare and cosmetics recently, but did you know that they can be used on stretch marks too? Retinoids help restore collagen levels in your skin, which helps with restoration of stretch marks. However, some retinoid products may not be safe for use during pregnancy – so if you’re hoping to tackle or prevent stretch marks during your pregnancy, do consult your doctor beforehand to get the all-clear.


Regain your Confidence with Shiro Aesthetic Clinic


Here at our aesthetics centre in Singapore, we offer several treatments to help you address your cosmetic concerns and rebuild your self-confidence:

  • Thermage™ FLX Skin Tightening Treatment aims to target stretch marks, fine lines, loose skin, or saggy skin on the face and body. The non-invasive treatment uses patented Mono-polar Capacitive Radiofrequency (RF) technology to deliver targeted heat rays deep into selected areas on the skin and encourage collagen production.
  • Venus Viva aims to address stretch marks, irregular pigmentation, uneven skin texture, acne scarring, and wrinkles. NanoFractional™ Radio Frequency along with a SmartScan™ system are used to deliver heat into the targeted area, creating micro-dermal wounds. The skin is then stimulated to produce fibroblast and collagen in the area as part of its natural healing process, which results in skin renewal.
  • Venus Legacy targets cellulite, body fat, stretch marks, and wrinkles through Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields. This produces heat underneath the skin surface, and is intended to increase collagen and elastin fibers while also shrinking the volume of fat cells. An adjustable VariPulse™ suction simultaneously gently pulls the skin upward to ensure a comfortable treatment experience.


Each treatment offered here at Shiro Aesthetic Clinic has its own features, benefits, and concerns. It is best to consult with our aesthetic doctors before proceeding with any treatment; book a consultation with us today to find out more. You can also find out more about skincare and aesthetic treatments on our blog, with resources such as how to prevent acne breakouts and the effectiveness of HIFU treatments on lines and wrinkles (HIFU).

Dr Zhang YiJun