There’s nothing wrong with stretch marks at all. They’re completely natural and are usually the result of pregnancy, rapid weight loss, or quick muscle gain – all things to be proud of.
Hooray! congratulate yourself on something great.
But they still don’t look very good, do they? So acknowledge them as a part of an accomplishment, and get to work making them go away.
Inthis article, we’re going to look at how to get rid of stretch marks on your bum quickly. We will show you exactly how stretch marks form, what causes them, how to get rid of them, and lastly- how to prevent them in the future! Let’s take a look!
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are scars that have been left behind in our skin due to rapid growth or rapid shrinking. Most stretch marks are almost unnoticeable. They’re just thin pale lines around our waist, chest, thighs, or butt.
However, some stretch marks may be a lot darker and deeper.
While the average person won’t notice everyday stretch marks, these deep scars are often the most frustrating and embarrassing. Instead of having a light hue, they often have a dark purple or red undertone and make affected areas look as though we just got mauled by a tiger.
Not exactly what most people want when they wear their new swimwear at the beach or pool.
Depending on the severity of the stretch marks, your self-confidence could be severely impacted.
For example, many women who recently gave birth refuse to go to the beach until the appearance of their stretch marks has been reduced significantly.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
What causes stretch marks, though?
So far, we know that stretch marks are, in fact, scars that remain visible on the surface of the skin. These scars come from periods of rapid growth/expansion or rapid shrinking. The most common causes of stretch marks include:
- Rapid weight gain
- Rapid muscle growth and development
- Quick weight loss or fat loss
- Post-surgery weight loss
- … and more.
Stretch marks typically appear in the areas where weight gain or loss occurs the fastest. This is almost always our lower abdomen, our obliques (love handles), breasts (women), chest/shoulder connection (men who weightlift), the inner thighs, and of course your buttocks.
So, we’ve established what causes stretch marks and where they typically develop, but how exactly do stretch marks form in the first place? Deep stretch marks often appear as if we had recently been slashed by a razor blade.
How does a bit of weight loss or gain cause these deep rifts in our dermis?
Well, it has to do with two very important compounds that are contained within our skin: collagen and elastin.
- Collagen: A protein that provides structure to the human skin. It connects skin cells to each other and is what determines what our skin “looks like.” The more collagen is present, the tighter and plumper the skin looks. The less collagen is present, the saggier and looser our skin appears. Collagen contains the genetic building blocks of our skin.
- Elastin: Elastin works hand-in-hand with collagen. Whereas collagen gives the skin shape and form, elastin allows the surface of the skin to stretch, shrink, and resume its natural form afterward. For example, when we smile, the elastin allows our face to go back to normal so we’re not stuck with a permanent smile.
Both collagen and elastin are produced naturally in the human body. As we age, they are produced in lower amounts, which is why skin often starts to sag and become looser.
While we’re young, our collagen and elastin levels are being constantly replenished and rejuvenated. As we age, this changes. This is why collagen-boosting tools like the Tria Smooth Beauty Anti-Aging Laser (which we reviewed here) exists.
Despite their regenerative abilities, collagen and elastin usually aren’t produced quickly enough to be able to keep up with rapid growth or shrinking. This is the start of the problem…
Stretch marks start to occur when the collagen and elastin can no longer keep up with the growth or shrinking. Much like a rubber band that gets pulled too far apart and snaps, the same happens under the surface of our skin.
The two compounds struggle to keep up and allow for the rapid growth, but eventually, they are outpaced and lose the battle. The protein bonds rupture under the skin, causing several layers of the skin to “rip” apart. The collagen and elastin’s inability to hold the skin together is what allows your usually thick and strong skin to separate, leaving behind a thin, scarred layer of tissue.
How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks On Your Bum Quickly
One of the reasons why stretch marks are so hard to get rid of is that they are, in fact, scars. If you’ve ever tried to get rid of a scar before, then you know how hard it can be and how long it can take to rid yourself of it fully.
The good news is that not all stretch marks last forever. While deeper stretch marks are more problematic, surface-level stretch marks might go away on their own. This is because every cell in our body is replaced every seven years. While deep scars can remain set in the skin, many of the thin surface-layer lines can completely disappear as your dermis replaces itself.
As we mentioned earlier, though, these thin hard-to-see stretch lines aren’t usually the problem. The biggest problem comes from the deep, easy-to-see-from-a-mile-away scars.
Thankfully, you can get rid of these using several different treatment methods. Even if you can’t get rid of them completely, you can at least reduce their appearance and make them less visible.
Most of the methods below utilize a method of “hacking” your skin and tricking it into producing more collagen to help fill in the spaces. Let’s take a look!
Method 1: Use a Self-Tanner
Self-tanning isn’t just for giving you that sun-kissed look. It can also be super helpful at evening out skin tone and concealing stretch marks.
A good quality self-tanner will make your skin appear tan, and as long as you don’t go crazy with the color, you won’t hit the dreaded orange goblin stage.
Of course, you’re not going to remove the stretch marks. But you will conceal them quickly and easily.
Method 2: Dermarolling
The concept of dermarolling (also known as micro-needling) first came about in the early-1900s when scientists experimented with needling. Essentially, they took patients who suffered from severe scarring (stretch marks, acne scars, burns, etc.) and poked small hypodermic needles in the affected skin.
Treatment was performed weekly over the course of several months, and to both the doctor and patient’s amazement, the severity of the scarring was considerably less.
How does this happen?
As we alluded to earlier, it has to do with “hacking” the skin’s natural defense mechanism. When the needles are inserted deep enough into the human skin, the dermis’ lower layers (where the collagen and elastin are stored) are triggered.
For home-dermarollers, the needle length varies from about 0.25mm (for the face) to 1.5mm (for the body). Professional rollers are longer but require medical supervision.
To defend itself, the body sends a steady stream of collagen-rich blood to the area to help it heal. As a fresh supply of collagen pours into the freshly-needled area, it slowly begins to repair the scarring, regenerate fresh tissue, and reconnect old tissues.
Dermarollers are small wheels that contain hundreds of these small needles and can be rolled across the surface of the affected skin to quickly insert and remove the needles. If you’re trying to get rid of stretch marks on your bum or other thick areas of skin with at-home microneedling, you’ll likely want a 1.5mm microneedle roller. If you want to go to a medispa for treatment, you may go up to 2.5mm in length.
This dermaroller package contains three dermarollers going up to 1.5mm in length.
Just a heads-up: it may sting a little bit. If you’d rather avoid the pain, then your best bet is to spray the area with a topical numbing spray before needling.
Method 3: Dermastamping
Dermastamping is just like dermarolling, except the device uses a different method of delivery. Instead of the needles being positioned on a topical skin roller, the needles are built-into a kind of stamp.
The stamp usually lets the user adjust the penetration depth of the needles.
Once the desired depth is set, the user can then place the head of the stamp over the stretch marks and begin stamping the needles into the skin.
Some dermastamps are electric (such as the Hari Living Kit shown above). These work like a tattoo gun, quickly inserting and removing the needles from the skin. But most are hand tools that require the user to press a button to stamp the skin.
The main advantage of dermastamping is that it’s often a little bit more accurate, and there’s no risk of tearing the skin. While dermarolling is quicker, you could easily damage your skin if you’re not careful if you don’t use the roller in a straightforward manner.
As will dermarolling, though, you’ll want to make sure that the needles are able to penetrate around 1.5 millimeters to target stretch marks, depending on the thickness of your skin.
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Method 4: Laser Stretch Removal
One of the fastest ways to remove stretch marks is with laser stretch mark removal. The only caveat to this method is that it can only be performed in a clinic under a licensed doctor’s supervision.
Essentially, your doctor or laser technician will use a high-powered laser to target the stretch marks. The laser is able to penetrate the upper levels of the skin and even the deeper levels as well. It may cause a slight stinging sensation, but the pain should otherwise be minimal.
Although this method is a little bit more “high-tech” than needling, it works exactly the same way. Once the laser penetrates the skin’s lower levels, it triggers the body to produce more collagen in the affected area. As the collagen levels increase, the depth and severity of your stretch marks decrease.
As we noted above, there are at-home treatments that mimic this process to some degree. The Tria Smooth Beauty laser is about as close as you can come from an at-home tool. But it’s mainly designed for the face.
Method 5: Radio Frequency Skin Tightening
Radio Frequency Skin Tightening is an interesting technique that is non-invasive, painless, and may be effective for stretch marks. These devices are typically used to target wrinkles and are popular anti-aging devices. Some have reported success in targeting stretch marks, and you may want to give RF a try on your stretch marks.
See our article on RF Skin Tightening Machines for more information.
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Method 6: Deep Moisturization
A common misconception is that you can use a moisturizing agent like coconut oil or castor oil to “remove” stretch marks. Unfortunately, this is not possible, as no amount of moisturizing is able to remove a scar completely.
That being said, using a deep moisturizing agent can often reduce the appearance of stretch marks. By hydrating the tissues around the scars, the skin surrounding the scars becomes more flexible. This reduces the amount of tension and inflammation in the area, often reducing any redness or darkness that’s present.
Method 7: Lose More Weight
Although losing weight can initially make stretch marks more noticeable, many find that stretch marks become less noticeable as you lose more weight! As your skin continues to shrink, the stretch marks will no longer be “stretched,” which will give them a reduced and lightened appearance.
But that doesn’t occur for everybody, unfortunately.
See our article on stretch marks and weight loss for more information.
How To Prevent Stretch Marks
Optimally, the best way to treat stretch marks is to prevent them entirely. Stretch marks tend to be a lot more severe in those who don’t moisturize their skin regularly. Dry skin isn’t as flexible or elastic as hydrated skin, causing the collagen to rip apart quicker and resulting in deeper scarring.
Whether you’ve just started a new weight loss regimen, you’re pregnant, or you’ve been hitting the gym heavy and lifting weights, make sure that you moisturize regularly.
Apply extra moisturizer to the areas that stretch the most such as the stomach, love handles, thighs, bum, chest, and underarms.
Getting rid of stretch marks completely is a difficult challenge, and many professionals won’t claim to be able to get rid of them altogether. Your best be is to combine concealers like self-tanning solutions with simple at-home tools like dermarollers, derma-stampers, and moisturizers. You should be able to quickly and (relatively) painlessly lessen the appearance of stretch marks, and potentially make them invisible.