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Get Rid of Your Stretch Marks Naturally

Updated on April 21, 2012

So, You Want to Be Stretch Mark Free, Do You?

Stretch marks appear when skin is stretched beyond its ability to accommodate changes in body mass, causing the layers beneath the surface to tear.

This typically occurs due to rapid weight, or changes in size brought on by pregnancy, among other life changes. This can affect skin discolorations in the skin that appear as reddish to purplish stripes.

While it is impossible to technically get rid of stretch marks without surgery - which by the way is not recommended - you can take action to get rid of the appearance of your unsightly stretch marks. It won't be easy nor will it be instantaneous, but it is possible!

If you interested in learning how, take a few minutes and browse below. Be sure to participate in our stretch mark polls and take our stretch mark quiz too!

7 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Stretch Marks

1. Prevention

The best cure for any affliction is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. You can prevent stretch marks before they appear with frequent applications of a top quality skin moisturizer during pregnancy, when weightlifting, or going through the roller coaster hormonal fluctuations of puberty. You can also avoid them by maintaining a healthy weight via diet and exercise.

2. Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter has been an icon in the health and beauty industry for years, That's because it is an effective remedy for several skin afflictions, including stretch marks. Rub cocoa butter onto all the likely spots on your body where stretch marks may occur.

3. Vitamin A

Also known as retinol, vitamin A is commonly regarded as natural treatment for wrinkles and acne; and it may also effectivelyeliminate stretch marks by regulating the growth of new skin cells. Eating foods rich in vitamin A will benefit your skin's healing process; while combining the contents of 4 to 6 oil based vitamin A capsules with your favorite skin cream as a topical remedy makes it another of the best treatments for how to remove stretch marks naturally.

4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes collagen production and is another method for treating new stretch marks. It is even more potent when it's combined with glycolic acid, which also supports collagen production. Crush several 1000 mg vitamin C tablets and combine with a quality moisturizing skin cream or hand sanitizer, and apply to stretch marks daily.

5. Shea Butter

A fatty extract from the shea tree, this remedy is regarded as one of the most moisturizing ingredients available in many of the best quality skin care products. Its chemical makeup has proven effective for treating stretch marks, due to the high content of stearic and oleic fatty acids. which are both effective remedies for how to remove stretch marks naturally.

6. Glycolic Acid

A well known fruit acid derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid is used in concentrations of 10% or less. Glycolic acid has traditionally been utilized as a remedy for fading hyperpigmentation and discoloration such as is present in fresh scar tissue, including stretch marks. Glycolic acid is present in many of the best anti stretch mark remedies as well as hand sanitizers and other skin care products.

7. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Neither an essential oil or grapefruit juice, grapefruit seed extract is technically a synthetic bi-product made from chemically altered grapefruit pulp. High concentrations of antioxidant bioflavinoids in grapefruit extract include the naturally occurring chemical compound hesperidin. This ingredient is an effective immune system stimulator that promotes wound healing as well as the fading of stretch marks and other types of scarring. Grapefruit seed extract is also a common ingredient in many skin care preperations including stretch mark removal creams.

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What Are Stretch Marks? Why Do I Have Them?

As mentioned earlier, stretch marks, also called striae, are a type of scar tissue that forms within the dermis during periods of rapid growth, weight gain, and increases in body mass.

These changes may be due to pregnancy or other conditions which stimulate the production of hormones such as cortisol and estrogen. And although anyone can develop stretch marks, most women will get them on their breasts, thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, and/or lower back; especially during puberty and/or pregnancy.

They appear as red, purple or pink striae (meaning stripes) within the top two layers of skin. Over time, striae fade to a silvery, off white color. Although striae are more or less a normal skin reaction to dramatic hormonal fluctuations, most folks consider them an aberration. Many of them, especially women, are constantly looking for treatments or remedies that will eliminate or significantly reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

After all, if you didn't care about your stretch marks, you wouldn't be reading this, now would you?

Does Cocoa Butter Remove Stretch Marks?

Cocoa butter has long been considered as a natural curative for various skin conditions such as dryness, chapping, chafing and irritation. It seems only natural to test cocoa butter's remedial effects on these troublesome blemishes. But, does cocoa butter remove stretch marks? This article will list and describe various aspects of cocoa butter, including whether it is an effective remedy for stretch marks, and whether it is worth the cost.

1. What is Cocoa Butter?

Also referred to as theobroma oil, cocoa butter is an edible vegetable fat derived from the cacao bean, and used in the production of chocolate, pharmaceutical ointments and cosmetic skin care products. It contains high levels of saturated fats, and only trace amounts of theobromine and caffeine making it a natural, completely absorb-able topical skin treatment. Are you asking yourself, “Does cocoa butter remove stretch marks?”Continue reading to discover the answer.

2. What Does Cocoa Butter Do?

Cocoa butter is a non-toxic solid at room temperature which melts into a pleasant smelling, velvety textured liquid at body temperature. It is easily absorbed by the skin. Primarily for these reasons, cocoa butter is commonly used as an emollient in cosmetics, skin cleansers and moisturizing lotions. It us also used as a curative or preventative therapy for stretch marks, chapped. dry, itchy skin.

3. Does Cocoa Butter Remove Stretch Marks?

In answer to this question, the scientific community reports that cocoa butter does not perform significantly better than a placebo in most clinical trials. However, anecdotal reports indicate that cocoa butter is a common ingredient in the most effective stretch mark removal creams on the market. Additionally, the use of pure cocoa butter during pregnancy can be moderately to significantly effective in preventing stretchmarks. Furthermore, the use of cocoa butter is more effective in minimizing the appearance of stretch marks than no treatment at all.

4. How Fast Does Cocoa Butter Work?

Once stretchmarks develop, they will never completely disappear, but their appearance will lessen in time. If you do nothing at all to aid the skin's natural healing process, stretch marks will fade to a silvery-white or beige hue in six to 12 months. However if you treat affected skin with cocoa butter and/or other skin moisturizers, you could see results in as little as six weeks to 12 weeks.

5. How Expensive is Cocoa Butter?

Stretch mark removal products vary widely in price. However, the most effective products are not necessarily the most expensive. The cost of a best selling stretch mark treatment could run as high as $75 for 5 oz. at a high end department store; or around $40 at a discount outlet. Likewise, pure cocoa butter can be found at relatively high and highly affordable prices, depending on where you look. Well known brands of pure cocoa butter can cost $10 to $20 per 8 oz; while you can purchase larger quantities of cocoa butter from lesser known brands for as little as $1.00 per oz. While pure cocoa butter is decidedly cheaper than stretch mark treatments; specially formulated products utilize a variety of active ingredients. When used in combination, these ingredients are typically more effective than any one ingredient alone.

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      funmilayoklevor 

      6 years ago

      can stretch marks be cure?cus i have it on ma lap nd is really embarassin me pls if u have any remedy for it help me pls

    • JeanDucard profile imageAUTHOR

      JeanDucard 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      Correct, but you can certainly be rid of the "appearance" of them. Same with any blemish of the skin, there are ways to hide and reduce the appearance of it.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Once you have stretch marks, you have them for good. They may lighten and fade, but they are always there. You will never be "rid" of them.

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