How To Deal With Stretch Marks On Back
Updated on September 7, 2021 by Amber & The Team
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Stretch marks can appear anywhere. You can get fresh purple stretch marks on your belly, white (older) stretch marks on your butt (yes, really!), long and thin stretch marks on your legs, and basically anywhere else where your skin is stretched too much. In this article, we’re talking about stretch marks on back and how you can deal with them or make them less noticeable.
How To Deal With Stretch Marks On Back
What Are Stretch Marks On Back?
Stretch marks on back, like stretch marks in other places, are scars in the upper layers of your skin. When they appear, they’re usually seen as bright purple or pink lines and they turn white with time.
What Causes Stretch Marks On Back?
This type of stretch marks is not different from any other and is usually caused by one or more things:
- Rapid weight gain or weight loss, particularly on your back;
- Rapid muscle growth in your back;
- Tugging, pulling, or stretching motions that make your skin layers tear;
- Teenage girls and boys can develop stretch marks on back due to the growth spurts;
- Some corticosteroid medications and creams can also cause stretch marks on back due to decreased skin elasticity.
How Common Are Stretch Marks On Back?
While not as common as stretch marks on the butt, thighs, or belly, stretch marks on back are pretty common. Most importantly – they’re completely natural and not dangerous. The only unpleasant thing about them is that they can be unsightly for the person who has them.
How Can I Minimise Purple, Pink, or White Stretch Marks On Back?
The good thing with stretch marks on back is that like any other small scar or mark, their appearance can be drastically improved. Here are the best ways to make stretch marks less noticeable.
1. Use Body Scrubs With Oils
Scrubbing gives your skin the benefit of exfoliation, allowing the old skin particles to be removed. When this happens, the skin cells in and around your stretch marks are scrubbed away, allowing any following treatments to sink in deeper.
Using a body scrub with sugar can also make stretch marks on back less noticeable thanks to the lightening properties of sugar.
It’s important to use body scrubs with oils on any kind of stretch marks. Here’s why:
- Oils will make sure your skin is not tugged or pulled further during the exfoliation.
- Oils are full of skin-healing nutrients that speed up the skin cell renewal process, make skin more elastic, and lighten up the scars.
If you have trouble reaching your back, I recommend investing in a shower loofa with a long handle. It allows you to reach everything!
2. Massage With Oils
Since oils are so effective at healing scars, they can be very helpful when dealing with stretch marks on back – ant not only as part of your scrub.
Massage your back skin with oils daily, using gentle and slow motions. This will improve the circulation in and around your stretch marks, and keep the skin moisturized and strong. Can’t reach your back? You will either have to ask someone for help or use this little hack! Buy a lotion applicator with long handle and use it to gently massage the oils on your back.
The most powerful oils for stretch marks on back are:
Rosehip seed oil. Touted as one of the best oils for any kind of scars, the rosehip seed oil is chock-full of Vitamin A. Also known as Retinol, Vitamin A is notoriously effective at repairing skin and speeding up the cell renewal process, which is exactly what you need to make stretch marks on back less noticeable.
Note: do not use any products with Retinol if you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding.
Vitamin E oil. Since Vitamin E is a very strong antioxidant, it can help to restore some skin around stretch marks on back too. You can buy Vitamin E oil in capsules and mix it into another oil or body lotion for a deeply moisturizing and nourishing treatment.
Bio-Oil. While it’s not a single oil – rather a mix of several skin-boosting oils, Bio-Oil is rated as one of the best oils for any kind of stretch marks. People use it for many different skin problems, and it’s especially effective on scars, aging signs, and dry skin. It’s a perfect complex to speed up the healing of your stretch marks!
3. Try Professional Treatments
If scrubs, massage, and oils don’t help your cute and authentic stretch marks on back, you might benefit from professional treatments that can be done at a salon. Laser, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are all stronger options that can get the job done if nothing else helps. Make sure to get an “okay!” from your doctor before doing any of these, but otherwise – salon procedures are the fastest and most effective ways to get rid of stretch marks on back, bum, legs, and any other body part.
Alternative Way To Deal With Stretch Marks On Back
… Is to embrace them! We’re all conditioned to hide and fix our bodily “flaws”, but in reality, you should always do things you’re comfortable with. Thankfully, stretch marks on back are not painful and you can easily live your life with them. Even if you decide to work on removing them, remember to love your body the way it is, even with those cute, wavy stretchy marks on your back! After all, they’re also a part of you, and what’s not to love about you, huh?
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