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Natural Skin Care Remedies for Stretch Marks

Many women, and some men, have stretch marks. They usually occur during periods of rapid growth – puberty, pregnancy or simple weight gain. The expectation is that, although they may fade somewhat with time, once you have them you’ve got them for life. However, new research has shown that there may be several options to eliminate these unsightly scars. Maintaining a good natural skin care routine will help avoid them, but getting rid of them takes some additional steps.

Stretch marks are caused by stretching the collagen and elastin to the point of breaking, which then results in scarring. Although there are many creams and lotions on the market containing collagen and collagen-building nutrients, these are not easily absorbed through the skin to the dermis – where the collagen and elastin reside.

One effective remedy for this is emu oil. Emu oil itself is a good source of Vitamin E, but, more importantly, its high concentration of oleic acid allows it to carry nutrient compounds through the skin to the dermis. A cream combining collagen and collagen-building nutrients with emu oil can help the absorption, and the production of collagen.

Vitamin K can also be used to heal stretch marks. Some have seen results in as little as four to six weeks when used twice a day. Wheat germ oil is another excellent healer. The best results come from a pure, organic product of high quality.

None of these remedies work very fast – don’t expect to see significant change for at least a month or two, and it may take longer if the scars are severe or you’ve had them for a long time. But most people who are concerned about their stretch marks won’t mind the wait.

Of course, the easier route is to avoid getting them in the first place – but it’s unusual to come through a pregnancy or a period of rapid weight gain unscathed. Eating foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc and silica (important for collagen formation), keeping the body well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a natural skin care routine free of harsh soaps and chemicals that dry the skin will help – and don’t forget to use a good shielding lotion to keep your skin moist and supple.

Visit the National Skin Care Institute for more information.

 

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