Beauty: 3 Quick Ways that WORK to Avoid Stretch Marks

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Let’s talk about stretch marks baby. Let’s talk about you and me…

I vividly remember the moment I first saw a stretch mark on my butt at the age of 19, I was completely mortified because what started out as one fine red line sprouted into hundreds of fine white lines within a matter of weeks. Ugh!

You have to remember I grew up without a mother, and my sisters weren’t always around to explain add to the fact I was extremely self critical so after monitoring the marks for a few weeks and failing to figure out how they had materialized, I couldn’t contain myself any longer…

I had to confide in someone for answers and that person happened to be a close male pal (poor guy) who immediately divulged that they were stretch marks, “duh” he said and added that loads of women had them as a way of keeping me at ease. As soon as I had the spelling correct, I Googled “stretch marks” to figure out what could be done to get rid of them.

And therein began a journey into beauty and skin care which is still in motion today

A taboo subject, stretch marks can be the bane of anyone’s self image and on a scale of 1-10 feature highly as a fear for most women.

As crazy as this sounds, don’t let stretch marks get you down there is light at the end of the tunnel and you are still beautiful. When you see them ignore your first instinct to feel abnormal like I did…you are perfectly normal.

Stretch marks affect men and women

Here are the different methods which have literally changed my life, and helped me to minimize those suckers!

What is a stretch mark?

“Streaks or stripes on the skin, especially on the abdomen, caused by distension of the skin from obesity or during pregnancy. It is a tear in between your skin tissue.”

There are 2 stages to a stretch mark:

  • Red/purple stretch marks when they are new
  • Silver/white when they are older

Almost 90% of pregnant women will experience stretch marks

That said, stretch marks can occur during sudden changes in body size, such as puberty, or rapid weight-gain and they can appear pretty much anywhere, including around the abdomen, hips, thighs, legs, inner thighs, arms and breasts. Unfortunately they seem to be genetic — if your mom had stretch marks, odds are that you will too.

Excessive weight gain and weight loss is a big no no

Increasing and decreasing in size causes the skin to stretch and shrink and this action challenges the skin’s elasticity. When the skin lacks elasticity a stretch mark will appear in the form of a tear, as a consequence of your skin stretching – as described above.

stretch-marks

3 Quick Ways that WORK to Avoid Stretch Marks

 Vitamin E oil and Bio oil

Any type of moisturizer is good for maintaining elasticity in the skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent stretch marks, because it protects the collagen fibers in your skin from free radical damage (stay with me) free radicals cause your skin’s collagen to deteriorate, leading to increased tearing and increased appearance of stretch marks.

When you apply it onto the surface of your skin, you will increase the natural vitamin E content of your skin by almost 10 times!

Helping to keep your skin moist and elastic when stretching occurs

Use vitamin E or Bio oil – which contains Vitamin E – liberally every night before going to bed during pregnancy and when you are hoping to lose or gain weight, as your body tends to change most during your sleeping hours.

Retin A Cream

How does Retin A work?

It helps to boost collagen production by helping the skin’s outer layer to grow more quickly and be replaced with new skin cells. It may take up to 2 to 4 weeks to see the first signs of improvement.

Retin-A won’t be as effective on old stretch marks, albeit people who have used it on new stretch marks have reported a huge improvement. Limit sun exposure of skin that you’re treating with Retin-A because it can be more susceptible to burning.

Note that you should not use any products containing retinoic acid, if you are pregnant as it can potentially cause birth defects in humans. You’ll probably need a prescription for Retin-A.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is a kind of fruit acid or alpha hydroxy acid that is used in chemical peels. It can also be found in over the counter cleansers and moisturizers, and is particularly effective at treating stretch marks.

Products which contain glycolic acid will aid in lightening stretch marks over time. By means of putting it on to your skin, the product will unpeel the topmost layer of skin to show healthier skin beneath.

  • Glycolic acid is safe to put on your skin during pregnancy
  • Take extra care to keep skin that you’re treating with glycolic acid out of the sun

Stay tuned for a post regarding the best products that have taken me years to discover, which I now live by because they have improved my skin quality no end.

“When you see the results from using great products on your skin, you will never look back.” ~ Yvonne Jane Lorraine

Until then, please check out the links above to find out more about each ingredient.

If you have any other suggestions on how to get rid of stretch marks please share

DISCLAIMER

Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Blackcitygirl.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following advice found on this blog.

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Comments

  1. Here’s a great recipe for stretch marks:

    4 drops rose essential oil
    1 drop rosemary essential oil
    1/2 teaspoon of each carrier oil: camellia, sesame, vtamin E, and wheatgerm

    Combine well and message into stretch mark area(s). You could just mix the carrier oils and use to message. The stretch marks will lighten up or disappear even without using the essential oils. You could also use frankincense, neroli, jasmine, or tangerine essential oils.

    I’ve been using this recipe everyday or whenever I need to. Even works for those who have had stretch marks for years. It’s better than any product that I’ve ever used. As with all essential oils, please do a patch test to be certain you don’t have an allergic reaction and/or consult your doctor.

  2. Ginny honey! Thanks soooo much for this recipe! How awesome. I will try it myself..one day.

    • I need to try this as well ! I felt like I had tried everything and anything and I started thinking laser would be my only salute (ouch!). Thanks for the recipe !

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