Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the skin.

Very often the stretch marks come from the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes.

Stretch marks are also influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding, or hormone replacement therapy.

In pregnancy they usually form during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, but also commonly occur on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks.

The increase of cortisone lowers the elasticity of the skin so Corticosteroid creams, lotions and pills and chronic use of oral or systemic steroids are associated with the appearance of stretch marks.

How to treat stretch marks

Vitamin A supplement

Simply using a topical extract of vitamin A, or taking vitamin A orally, can contribute to your skin’s health and overall appearance.

Diet

A diet rich in certain foods, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, might also help you increase your vitamin A levels.

Natural Skin treatments

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is both a natural healing agent and a skin softener. This makes it an ideal home remedy to try for stretch marks. Apply on the affected area alone or blend it with some essential oils and coconut oil.

Coconut oil

Since stretch marks are scarring from skin damage, coconut oil can help heal the appearance quickly. It has been studied for its healing properties and was found to reduce the time it takes for skin wounds to heal.
Applying virgin coconut oil to your stretch marks each day might take away some of their red appearance and will keep your skin moisturized and make stretch marks less likely acting as therapy as well as prevention.
Unless you’re allergic to coconuts, this oil is considered safe.

Creams, oils and lotions

There are many creams and lotions on the market to lighten stretch marks and scars.

Hiprose oil is famous to lighten stretch marks. Apply cold pressed hiprose oil on the stretch marks or add some drops to your usual body lotion or cream. Make shure you buy a good quality product or do your own cream, lotion or oil. Here is one oil recipe with essential oils you can try out.

Recipe for oil to lighten scars and stretch marks

Ingredients

• 10 drops of myrrh essential oil.

• 5 drops of patchouli essential oil

• 6 drops of lavender essential oil.

• 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil.

• 2 tablespoon of coconut oil

Directions

Pour carrier oil and essential oils one by one in a small dropper bottle.

Swirl it well.

Apply the blended mixture on your scar and stretch marks on a regular basis.As a result, your marks can lighten.

NOTE: Store it in dark colored glass bottle. Furthermore, keep it in darkand cool place.

How to prevent stretch marks.

The best treatment for stretch marks appears to be prevention. Keep your skin hydrated, you can help keep the elastin that your skin needs to keep from scarring.

Massage your skin.

This will increase circulation and keep your skin more flexible.

Do hot and cold water showers.

Not only will this increase circulation but also helps to prevent and treat cellulite on your bump and upper legs. Make shure to always finish your showers with cold water, hard to do but very effective to treat all kind of things.

Even without treatment, almost all stretch marks will fade over time. Rarely will stretch marks stay as prominent as when they initially appear.

Nature provides!

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