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Saturday 20 January 2018

Beauty Dilemma: How can I hide my stretch marks?

Palmers cocoa butter
Palmers cocoa butter

Sinead Van Kampen

I recently lost weight through dieting and exercise. I have been left with small, purple stretch marks on the areas around my upper arms, chest and thighs. Although I understand this is not uncommon, is there anything I can do to prevent them or hide them?

Stretch marks are a form of scaring and generally fade with time but may not always disappear completely. Depending on how recently you have gained and lost weight, the stretchmarks you have now may fade quite quickly or remain visible for some time to come. As this is quite a common complaint amongst dieters, the scars, caused by the tearing of the dermis layer, tend to be more visible once weight has been lost.

Unless the marks are really bad, it may be best to see if they fade naturally before considering anything drastic or expensive. As the scars you mention are small the purple colour will soften in time and should fade to a lighter shade. Applying repair creams, using moisturising treatments and stimulating collagen production may aid the healing process. Bio Oil and Palmers Coco Butter have been known to work well and there are some excellent prescription creams available from dermatologists and doctors.

When it comes to concealing, fake tan works well but could be tricky to match to your skin tone. Keeping things subtle will get the best results and Sally Hanson's Airbrish Legs in medium will help you to avoid the tangoed look. If you'd rather not go down the fake tan route, you can also even out skin tone by applying a little foundation like Mac's Face and Body to the affected area. Although lighter than the tan applications, matching tends to be easier and small dabs on affected areas will help you blend that bit easier.

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