8 Products and Treatments for Stubborn Cellulite and Stretch Marks
Cellulite and stretch marks happen to the best of us, including celebs and models. Dimply patches, white or clear skin lines, and crepey areas near the butt, thighs, upper arms, and stomach can form over time, and whether we like it or not, they’re a part of life. But why do these annoying body markings and indentations exist in the first place?
Most people think of stretch marks as a result of overstretched skin since they are often spotted during pregnancy or after sudden weight gain. But according to board-certified dermatologist and founder of Miami Skin Institute, S. Manjula Jegasothy, “Stretch marks actually form when collagen and elastin fibers tear and levels of glucocorticoids (hormones produced by the adrenal glands) are elevated.” Unwanted cellulite lumps, however, form due to different circumstances. “On the contrary, dimpled cellulite can be genetic and… caused by the vertical formation of fibrous bands from the skin to the underlying fat,” she notes. Um, great? While we wish we could be as chill with these developments as some (we see you Sara Shakeel with your glitter stretch mark art and Chrissy Teigen with your “I embrace you, stretchies” tweets), there are ways to deal for those of us who, ahem, hate them.
How To Treat Stretch Marks
Platelet Rich Plasma InjectionsAccording to Gerald Imber, plastic surgeon and director of Youth Corridor Clinic, some treatments like IPL (Intense Pulsed Light, a light-based therapy) can reduce redness caused by stretch marks (as do some alpha hydroxy acid creams), but injecting and micro needling platelet-rich plasma is a more effective way to treat them. “PRP significantly builds up healthy new collagen where there was just the broken-down skin of the stretch mark and reduces the purple color as well,” he says. The only catch is the procedure must be repeated three times for it to really work. (Photo via Youth Corridor Clinic)
How To Treat Cellulite
5. Dr. Brandt Skincare Cellusculpt Body Shaper & Cellulite Smoothing Cream ($59): The unique thing about this smoothing cream is the five-rollerball applicator that fills up with a caffeine and green coffee extract complex at the turn of a click, to instantly massage places that are in need of attention.