Reduce Stretch Marks

There are many methods to effectively reduce stretch marks.  They do not affect health, but can make you feel self-conscious.   These marks appear on both men and women, but men are less prone to them.  This affects approximately 70 per cent teenage of girls and 90 per cent of women at some time in their lives.

Stretch marks are scars that form as a result of the skin being pulled or stretched beyond capacity.  Initially, they have a red or purple color, eventually fading in color over time. Darker skinned people have darker marks. They often appear on the abdomen, legs, hips, buttocks, thighs and breasts.  The appearance is typically the result of pregnancy, rapid weight gain or weight loss, puberty, nutritional deficiency and bodybuilding.

Here are a few stretch mark removal tips:

reduce stretch marksA healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and lean meat is important for healthy skin.  Also, omega oils that are found in salmon, olive oil, flax seed oil, etc) will help the tissue heal.  Avoid processed food or fast food as much as possible.  Vitamin E, A an C supplements and fish oil supplements will also contribute to the healing of the tissues.  Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

Some oils and creams eliminate or reduce stretch scars when applied to the affected area.  Some include, vitamin E oil, emu oil, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe vera gel and calendula oil.   Lightly massage the oil into your skin twice a day to help diminish the appearance.  There are also over the counter natural creams and oils that include several oils in one product.

Gently massaging the affected areas will increase circulation and promote healing.  It is helpful to use a loofah in the shower to increase circulation and exfoliate the area.  Regular exercise helps prevent over stretching of the skin because it keeps your skin tone and firm.

It can be challenging to reduce stretch marks and it will take some time.  But, with persistent attention to diet and application of naturally healing oils, butters and creams, they will be eliminated or at least barely visible.

Photo: Martin Kingsley