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5 Natural Ways to Help Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks

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stretchFirst of all let’s be clear. Stretch marks can’t ever be completely removed. They occur when there’s a tear in the middle layer of our skin; the dermis. This then forms scar tissue. No pills, creams or surgery can do anything about it. Think about it – to remove the scar tissue (such as with surgery) you’d have to replace it with something else, which would create another scar in its place!

So don’t trust any product or service promising guaranteed stretch mark removal. Unfortunately it’s just not possible.

There are quite a few treatments which can help with the appearance of the stretch marks, such as the ones listed here. There are also some natural treatments which can potentially reduce their appearance. How well these methods work will depend on the individual. We all have different skin types and what works well for one individual may not work as well for another.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter essentially is a vegetable fat which has a number of hydrating properties. It contains antioxidants and essential vitamins. This means it can soften and smooth the skin. The butter needs to be used on a regular basis and over time can aid in the fading process. It can also be used as a preventative measure during pregnancy to keep the skin soft and supple. This may be able to prevent the dermis tearing. Be warned though, scientific evident for its effectiveness isn’t clear-cut.

Vitamin E Creams

Unlike Cocoa Butter these creams have performed very well in clinical trials. Tests involving pregnant women show that use of the cream results in fewer stretch marks than those given a placebo. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties which can promote skin health; especially elasticity. These may help on current stretch marks but the greatest impact from its use will be found if the cream is used before the stretch marks occur.

Massaging

Massaging has numerous benefits, but for stretch marks it can speed up the healing process. A massage can help speed up circulation and stimulate the flow of blood. This helps to evenly distribute collagen around the problem area. You can use Cocoa butter or vitamin E cream along with the massage for even better results. This treatment should be done consistently in order to see the best results. Any massage techniques should be appropriate.

Salt and Honey Scrub

For this natural remedy, combine 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ tablespoon of salt. Stir them together and massage the solution into your skin for several minutes and rinse. Do this twice a day for several weeks and you should begin to see benefits. It works because the honey can help break down the scar tissue and the salt can aid in exfoliating the top layer of skin, revealing the fresh new skin below. Results may even be visible soon after the treatment.

Time

This is by far the most natural method – just wait and let your body do the best job at healing it can! When your stretch marks first occur they’ll be in their worst and most visually obvious state. At first they’ll usually be red/purple/pink in color, but after a few months they should then turn to a less obvious white/silver color. They may then continue to fade further for up to 2 years and sometimes beyond. Although some of the methods and techniques mentioned above may be able to speed the whole process up.

The great thing about these treatments is that they’re very inexpensive. They can easily be done in the home rather than a clinic or salon. But remember that prevention is the best cure. Take care of your body – stay well hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Especially during times where you’re vulnerable to stretch marks, like during pregnancy.

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    I personally don’t believe on these kind of cosmetic products to get rid of stretch marks. I have tried many of them but never found any positive result.

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