Getting Rid of Stretch Marks

Get rid of stretch marks the natural way

Stretch marks are mostly due to weight gain, weight loss and pregnancy.

Whenever the skin is stretched to its limit, it may tear and therefore leave ugly stretch marks. Stretch marks are seen as red lines at first, but become lighter in color over time.


Can stretch marks go away? If you catch them while they are still healing, you can greatly reduce the appearance of stretch marks. There is no 100% natural stretch mark removal treatment, but you can help them heal much faster.

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So what causes stretch marks?

Things that may cause or contribute to getting stretch marks

•    One of the biggest causes of stretch marks is pregnancy. Pregnancy stretch marks and breast stretch marks go hand in hand sometimes (especially if Mom is carrying more than one baby).

•    Weight gain and weight loss.

•    Hormonal changes and puberty.

•    Muscle building can lead to weight lifting stretch marks.

•    Family history of stretch marks.

•    Ethnicity: Darker skin individuals are less likely to get stretch marks.

Areas of the body that are mostly affected  

Abdominal area, breasts, thighs, and upper arms.


The best answer to stretch mark issues, is to try to prevent stretch marks in the first place.

How to prevent stretch marks:

•    Exercise: Exercise keeps your skin firm and helps in preventing stretch marks to a certain degree. Avoid excessive weight lifting, which can also stretch the skin.

•    Diet: Eat plenty of foods containing Vitamin C and E, which promote tissue growth. Moms who are expecting should try to keep weight gain to a minimal, this will help prevent stretch marks.

•    Oils: Keep your skin supple and hydrated by applying tissue oils or vitamin E oil. Especially important during the last few months of pregnancy and when trying to lose weight.

•    Folic Acid: Moms who are pregnant are usually given folic acid tablets for the growth of baby, but Folic acid can also help heal stretch marks from the inside, out.

•    Hydration: Keeping the skin moisturised by using creams regularly and by drinking plenty of water daily, will keep skin hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Coconut oil is a great moisturiser and can also protect your skin from the sun.

How to reduce stretch marks:

•    Half part jojoba and half vitamin E oil. Mix and rub into stretch marks at least once daily. This will help new red stretch marks, heal quicker and better.

•    Cocoa butter for stretch marks: Cocoa butter cream is a known home remedy for stretch marks and will help reduce the appearance of them.

•    Almond oil is especially good for treating stretch marks because of its high vitamin E content. Vitamin E moisturises and helps build collagen and elastin. Almond oil is also safe to use during pregnancy.

•    Lavender and chamomile oil is also often used for massaging the affected areas during pregnancy and lactation.

•    Some have found good results by scrubbing the stretch marks with an apricot scrub. Oats scrubs are also just as affective.

•    Rid stretch marks with Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera contains salicylic acid which helps remove stretch marks. You can place Aloe on the skin topically or put some Aloe Vera in a morning smoothie. Aloe can be mixed with some jojoba or olive oil for a great topical stretch mark treatment.

•    Take a daily vitamin supplement of Vitamin E and K.

•    Removing stretch marks via surgery and other invasive treatments like     laser removal of stretch marks: This is a last resort and can be very expensive.

Tips

•    Red stretch marks usually get itchy when they start to heal. Do not scratch your stretch marks, you could do more damage. A warm shower and massage oil should help with itchiness.

•    Avoid any skin products containing alcohol, which will just dry out the skin.


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