Wednesday, October 28, 2009


It is very common that almost every woman in a specific time of their lives will develop stretch marks. Others, simply have a generic predisposition to stretch marks and get them everywhere and others, neverdevelop stretch marks at all.

They look like reddish lines across the body, and with time they will turn white. In pregnancy it is common to have them, due that the skin it's stretching very rapidly to accommodate the baby and the milk stored in the breasts.

Once the stretch mark develop they will stay with you forever; but with time they will be less noticeable. The only way to avoid stretch marks is preventing them. What causes stretch marks? stretch marks are caused by excessive stretching of the skin.

Pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss and puberty, are the usual causes of stretch marks. Almost half of all expectant women and many teenagers will acquire this condition.

Pregnant women start to develop marks on the abdomen during the second half of pregnancy as the skin stretches to accomodate the growing baby. However, besides the abdomen, stretch marks commonly occur on the hips, breasts and buttocks due to either gaining or losing weight in these areas.

Depending on your skin color, the marks start out as pink, reddish brown, or dark brown streaks. The reddish-brown pigmentation in the marks gradually fades, and the stretch marks or "striae" begin to look like glistening silvery lines of scar tissue.


OPTION 1: 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.

OPTION 2: You can also try this homemade recipe: Mix one ounce of carrier oil ( try avocado, sweet almond, jojoba, they are the best ) with seven drops of lavender and five drops of chamomile.

1/2 cup virgin olive oil.
1/4 cup aloe vera gel.
liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E.
liquid from 4 capsules of Vitamin A.
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. After that pour the mixture into a jar and store it in the fridge. 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.

OPTION 4: Massaging your body with olive oil or Vitamin E may help.

OPTION 5: Apply cocoa butter and/ or elastin cream though out the body as directed on label. These are very good for stretch marks.

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