Friday, September 26

Reducing Stretch Marks

Are you afraid of wearing a swimsuit in summer or wearing a racy lingerie in front of your hubby because of unsightly stretch marks on your thighs and buttocks? If you answer yes, then you must read on. The following tips may reduce the appearance of stretch marks on skin.

Stretch marks are tears in the skin when there is extreme stretching due to gaining large amounts of weight in a short period of time, or when a person has hormonal imbalance issues such as Cushing's syndrome which produces increased amounts of steroidal hormones in the body. Extreme stretching of the skin causes tiny skin fibers to tear. There is no known remedy to repair these fibers, although there are many products and treatments available that can help lighten stretch marks and improve the look of the skin.

Many natural or organic treatments are available if you know your way around the web. The following ingredients can help:
  • Cocoa butter
  • Rose hip oil
  • Emu oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Castor oil 
  • Shea butter
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
One way of reducing the visibility of stretch marks is to exfoliate using oatmeal or baking soda. Sloughing off dead skin cell will encourage growth of fresh, young skin. This will reduce the scars and lighten stretch marks. However, don't forget to moisturize because exfoliation will strip skin of natural oils and dry it.

Another way to reduce stretch marks is to use Tretinoin creams and lotions that will reduce its appearance. But these will not reduce the worst of them except laser treatments. However, these are expensive and can be mildly or moderately painful for some.

As of now the only drastic way of getting rid of stretch marks is through cosmetic surgery where the top layer of skin is peeled away. This may not guarantee that the damage is fixed but at least it will make the marks less obvious.

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