Usually a result of pregnancy or following significant weight loss, unsightly stretch marks can mar the skin of the stomach, buttocks, thighs, upper arms and breasts. The damage occurs in the middle layer of the skin called the dermis. With rapid weight gain (such as with pregnancy), the skin is stretched so suddenly that the dermis layer can be damaged. The skin fibres become thin and can sometimes break, leaving behind what we call a stretch mark.
In this post we’ll be looking at some tips on how to remove stretch marks and various remedies that can reduce their visibility.
Essentially aloe vera is good for the skin no matter what the condition. The nutrients in aloe vera help to regenerate skin cells and keep them healthy, also aiding to return that important elasticity to the skin. Although not a cure-all for stretch marks, regular application of aloe vera will nourish the damaged skin and ultimately help to reduce the visibility of stretch marks. You can apply it directly from an aloe vera plant itself, or purchase pure aloe vera gel from a supermarket or pharmacy.
Vitamin E in its various forms (creams, oils and capsules) has always been effective in helping skin conditions. Known for its scar healing properties, applying a Vitamin E cream to areas of the skin affected by stretch marks will help diminish their appearance. Vitamin E applied to the skin during pregnancy can also help in the prevention of developing stretch marks in the first place.
Egg whites contain one of the richest sources of protein of just about any food. This technique can be both useful in preventing stretch marks, as well as in the treatment of existing stretch marks. Whip up several egg whites and apply to the area with a brush, allow the eggs to dry, then rinse with fresh water. Repeat every day for at least several weeks for best results. An alternative is to use egg oil, both during pregnancy and after pregnancy to prevent the dreaded stretch marks from appearing.
Lemon and Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits – especially lemon – have a high Vitamin C content, and Vitamin C plays in integral role in the production of collagen in the skin. An increase in collagen will result in a thicker dermis layer, reducing those stretch marks by ‘filling them in’, so to speak. Collagen also increases the skin’s elasticity, thus helping to prevent stretch marks from appearing during sudden weight gain periods like pregnancy.
All moisturisers are designed to keep the skin hydrated, and hydrated skin is much healthier skin. Those enriched with Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid will certainly help to repair damaged skin and go a long way to returning it to its former glory. Also look for moisturisers rich in Vitamin E. All these elements promote all-important collagen regrowth to make skin supple, elastic, line-free and an even texture. In the case of stretch marks you are looking to balance out the thickness and density of the dermis layer, reducing the visibility of stretch marks and that over-extended look of the skin.
Even applying daily applications of olive oil and other healthy oils can not only diminish stretch marks, but also help to prevent their occurrence in the first place. Coconut oil has long been used as a home remedy for wrinkle reduction, and the same theory can be applied to stretch marks. A few other good ones are lavender oil and rose oil. To read our post on How To Get Smooth Skin, click here.
Cocoa butter has often been touted as the best substance to prevent stretch marks when pregnant. It’s packed with essential vitamins and oils and other nutrients to both keep the skin healthy and hydrated. The oils in cocoa butter maintain a suppleness to the skin, adding further elasticity so that when the skin stretches with the growth of the baby, the dermis layer tends to expand rather than tear and break. It is also known to be beneficial in the treatment of stretch marks that have occurred either from pregnancy of weight gain.
Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy
The renowned skincare company, Skinception, have a product designed specifically to reduce stretch marks, which they claim produces a 72% success rate in healing stretch marks in as little as two months with regular daily applications.
Endorsed by doctors, cosmetic surgeons and featured heavily in the media, Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy is formulated to boost your skin’s natural collagen production, thus reducing stretch mark visibility, thickening the damaged skin and returning an even colour to the affected area. The cream contains 2 active ingredients – Darutoside and Pro-Sveltyl. Both work on returning elasticity to the skin as well as repairing any scarring as a result of pregnancy and weight gain.
Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy cream comes with a 90 day 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the results. Meaning, the manufacturers are very confident you will get positive results with this therapy cream. Click below to have a look at their website and see what you think.