WITH STRETCH MARKS
marks, also known as stria atrophica and striae distensae,
are tears in the dermis. Stretch marks are thin reddish streaks
that usually occur on your tummy and your breasts, as well
as on your thighs and bottom. Stretch marks represent a flattened,
thin epidermis overlying gaps in the dermis left by stretched
or torn elastin fibers. In pregnancy, stretch marks can also
happen as a result of the effects of the hormones on the structure
of your skin. If your stretch marks are caused by your hormone
levels, there is little you can do to prevent them. Almost
all pregnant women want to know how they can avoid stretch
marks. But the bad news is that there is nothing guaranteed
to prevent them and eventually they do fade away after you
have the baby, becoming silver lines. However, there are ways
to reduce, even eliminate them.
There are new techniques and surgeries being explored all
the time to eliminate stretch marks. Stretch marks can be
removed medical and surgical methods. Laser treatment is one
of the effective methods of permanently removing stretch marks.
Using a laser or intense light device, stretch marks are treated
by flashes or beams of laser light that pass through the skin
into the collagen within the second layer of skin. The other
methods are Retin-A Treatment and Dermabrasion which however
does not completely guarantee the removal of stretch marks.
Things you can do yourself to prevent Stretch Marks
a proper exercise routine. It is very important to exercise
in order to get rid of stretch marks; toning your muscles
helps your skin to firm thus preventing stretch marks.
Make sure in your diet you are getting plenty of protein
and foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, they promote
good tissue growth. Also drink lots of water and have
a balanced diet.
Massaging your body with olive oil or Vitamin E may help.
Though massaging creams, oils, or lotions into the skin
will help it feel suppler but does not appear to help
prevent stretch marks from occurring altogether. However
with time and proper massage the lines fade to fine silvery
streaks and you will see the difference within 6 months.
Quit smoking. Tobacco is known to cause skin to lose its
Some Home-Made Remedies
one ounce of jojoba oil (you can also use avocado, sweet
almond) with seven drops of lavender and five drops of
chamomile. And massage well regularly.
Apply cocoa butter (some women are allergic to cocoa butter
so do take care), fish oil, Tretinoin Retin-A cream and/
or elastin cream though out the body as directed on label.
These are very good for stretch marks.
a mixture of 1/2 cup virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup aloe vera
gel, liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E and liquid from
4 capsules of Vitamin A in a blender and store this mixture
in the refrigerator. Apply the oil externally all over
the places where the stretch marks commonly appear (abdomen,
hips, thighs and breasts). If you do this consistently
every day, you may prevent stretch marks.