Stretch marks are linear marks on the skin that occur when a person loses or gains weight too quickly, or due to pregnancy. The cause of stretch marks is when skin does not immediately bounce back after any one of these conditions. The scarring of stretch marks is called striae. In the beginning, these marks are red or purple, and they gradually turn white or silver. There are several different methods to treat stretch marks although success will depend on your age and skin condition.
Consider getting dermabrasion, laser surgery or chemical peels to get rid of the stretch marks on your thighs. These procedures should be done by a licensed professional.
Purchase a stretch mark cream recommended by your doctor or dermatologist. If you are planning to get pregnant, discuss preventive measures with your physician. Use the cream on the affected areas at least once a day. Also, scrub the area with a loofah to remove dead skin cells on the surface. Creams with Retin-A have also been known to reduce stretch marks.
Drink lots of water. Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea or soda. Water keeps your skin hydrated and soft, which will make it less likely to develop stretch marks, and help get rid of the marks as well.
Eat foods rich in zinc and vitamins A and C. These vitamins and minerals are known to promote healthy skin. Eat lots of fish, nuts, carrots, eggs, milk and citrus fruits.
Prevent stretch marks by rubbing lotion with cocoa butter on your thighs daily. Cocoa butter is known to be very effective at preventing stretch marks from forming.
Increase circulation in your thighs by taking hot baths and regularly massaging the area. Cover the stretch marks with sunless tanner.