Stretch Marks on the Buttocks – How to Get Rid of Them

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Stretch marks on the buttocks can appear for a variety of reasons, but one thing is certain – they always cause shame and unease about one’s body. Having your booty streaked with unsightly scars can make you feel awful, which is why, in this article, we try to understand how stretch marks on the butt appear and what you can do to treat them.

Why do My Buttocks have Stretch Marks?

There are quite a few reasons your butt might have been affected. One of them is that you’ve put on quite a bit of weight recently. People are built differently. For some, the extra weight goes straight to the stomach, for others to the legs, and indeed, for some, straight to the buttocks, which stretches the skin and leads to stretch marks.

Marks on your booty can also be related to pregnancy weight gain, to bodybuilding exercises intended to firm up and tone your butt, as well as hormonal growth spurts. If you’ve gone through any of these recently, then that’s the reason your buttocks have stretch marks.

Are Stretch Marks on the Bum Common? 

Though they can be embarrassing, stretch marks on the butt are fairly common. Over 50% of pregnant women get them, so don’t feel too weird if you happen to have stretch marks on the butt.

It’s also really common that these marks be accompanied by similar scarring on the thighs and the hips. Depending on how fresh the stretch mark is, they can be pink, red, brown, blue, or even black or white (representing a stretch mark that is quite old).

How can I Get Rid of Stretch Marks on Butt?

Fear not, for there are a handful of options, both medical and at-home, more natural remedies, for getting rid of stretch marks on your bum.

The Medical Approach

Laser rejuvenation can either be ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers work by destroying the top-most layer of the skin and allowing newer, less damaged skin tissue to come to light. Non-ablative lasers target the inside of the skin and try to boost collagen production, thus plumping up the skin and hydrating it from the inside out. Though less painful, non-ablative laser therapy is also less successful and takes a longer time to work.

Both options are reasonably good, though laser therapy can take quite a few weeks and up to 20 sessions or so to get the desired effect.

  • Surgery for Stretch Marks on Buttocks. By far the most effective, but also the most invasive stretch mark treatment, surgery generally involves a doctor cutting and ‘pulling up’ the skin to make it appear tighter. Though such procedures are most common on the stomach and thigh area, they are likely available for stretch marks on the butt also. We recommend consulting with a skin specialist to understand all the risks of such a procedure.
  • Microdermabrasion. This is a non-invasive, chemical-free option for exfoliating the skin and bringing forth newer, healthier skin tissue. It uses a concentrated spray of crystals and other materials to create gentle friction against your skin without being too harsh.

Though preferable to other, more invasive procedures, microdermabrasion can’t actually ‘remove’ stretch marks, only improve their appearance by rubbing away dead cells. It is about as effective as the topical application of tretinoin (a vitamin A derivate).

  • Micro-needling. This is another cosmetic procedure, intended to stimulate collagen production underneath the skin. It’s typically done at a clinic, where a specialist uses a derma-pen covered in many tiny needles to prick your skin, creating the impression of a microscopic wound, which in turn leads the skin to produce more collagen and elastin to heal the affected area.

It’s been proven as an effective treatment for stretch marks, though it might take weeks and even months of regular treatment for you to see results.

  • PRP Injections. Platelet Rich Plasma contains a high concentration of white blood cells and stem cells that, when injected into the body, can trigger the production of elastin and collagen, thus significantly reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It’s another tested and proven method of improving collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis (the layer affected by stretch marks).
  • Chemical Peels. An exfoliation method during which an acidic solution is applied to the skin and allowed to peel away dead layers of skin, thus removing those affected by stretch marks. Chemical peels usually contain alpha-hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids that burn through a few layers of skin, to ‘resurface’ healthier layers.

Studies have shown that peels are somewhat effective in fading away existing stretch marks, though not in completely removing them.

  • Tretinoin Topical Creams. As this is a prescription-only treatment, we include it in the medical approach category. Tretinoin, a derivate of vitamin A, can help stimulate and rebuild the production of collagen underneath the skin. It’s been shown to improve the appearance of early stretch marks.

You can also opt for a milder version, such as retinol-derivates. These are generally available without a prescription. Beware, however, that tretinoin (and vitamin A products, in general) shouldn’t be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

The Non-Medical Approach

  • Stretch Mark Creams and Oils. There are numerous stretch mark creams available that set out to prevent or treat stretch marks. In fact, we have a whole article in which we offer detailed reviews of such products, which we highly recommend you check out.

Out of the topical creams available, Trilastin stands out as the best cream for stretch marks on buttocks (as well as other areas of the body). We also recommend Mederma Stretch Mark Therapy, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, and Earth Mama Belly Butter (great for prevention).

  • Natural Moisturizers. You can also take the more natural approach by directly using such things as cocoa or shea butter to moisturize the affected area. These are common ingredients in most of the above products and help hydrate the skin without exposing it to unhealthy chemicals.

Almond Oil has also been proven to be a great natural agent in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, particularly when used to massage the stretch marks.

Other home remedies include:

  1. Hyaluronic Acid, which you can either take as a dietary supplement, in the form of a capsule or some sort of extract. You can alternatively find it in many topical moisturizers.
  1. Aloe Vera. Though there’s little actual evidence as to its’ properties, Aloe Vera Gel has long been used as a potent wound healer and soother. It works to soften and hydrate the skin, while calming redness, which makes it an effective home remedy for stretch marks.
  • Massages. By massaging your stretch marked-bum, you get the blood flowing, which stimulates the production of new tissue, as well as helps, open up the pores, which helps absorb the hydrating oil or lotion you’re using.
  • Diet. What goes into your body also plays an essential part in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, as it greatly influences your skin’s overall health. Make sure you hydrate properly (which in turn helps to hydrate the skin) and make sure you take plenty of vitamins (particularly E and C, as they both promote the production of collagen).

How Can I Cover Up Stretch Marks on the Buttocks?

As we’ve seen, there are many worthwhile and efficient options, both medical and more natural, at home, if you’re looking to get rid of or at least alleviate the appearance of stretch mark. Unfortunately, all these remedies take time to work, and all this while, you’re stuck with those unsightly marks on your butt.

Stretch marks can be particularly annoying in the summertime when you want to go to the beach, but feel embarrassed too, because of your stretch marks. Luckily, there are plenty of swimsuits out there that cover stretch marks on the buttocks. Many of them go up all the way over the hips also, because, as we mentioned earlier, that’s another popular area where you can get stretch marks.

Another great option, if you’re looking to conceal stretch marks on the buttocks, is to buy a concealer maybe. Many of them are waterproof and are designed specifically for long-term (full-day) wearing, as well as going into the water, which might be a good idea if you’re craving a day of fun in the sun.

Some are even designed to cover tattoos and if they can over that much black ink, rest assured they can also cover your stretch marks – we have, in fact, a full article reviewing and detailing such cosmetic products, so why don’t you check that out when you’re done here?

Final Words

Whatever you decide to do (and we do hope this article has helped you determine the next step regarding your butt stretch marks), the bottom line is to remember that lots of people are affected by stretch marks and that these scars are not ugly. They are a reminder of a time in your life (an experience, often the birth of a child). They are a part of you, and you should not feel ashamed about flaunting your stretch-marked body. You are beautiful as you are, stretch marks and all!