Stretch Marks

Have you had a baby lately or lost of lot of weight? If you have the chances are that you have some stretch marks to deal with.

When the skin is stretched over long periods of time it looses some of its elasticity. It causes the fibers in the dermis to tear resulting red or purple wavy lines, which turn to silver and white as they age. Genetics definitely plays a role as to whether someone’s skin will be susceptible to getting stretch marks or not. Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth, however, they may be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy and muscle building. Rapid weight gain or loss, or obesity can also put pressure on the skin to overstretch.

According to Leslie Baumann, MD, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Group and author of The Skin Type Solution – if your mother had them, you’re probably going to have them. She also says that tretch marks affect as many as 90% of all women and, as many of us know, they are not easy to get rid of. While they are easier to treat in the initial stages once they have become white or silver, it becomes very difficult if not almost impossible to do so. As always, prevention is far better than cure.

Using a moisturizing cream, lotion, butter or oil during those times that we know the skin is under more risk for developing stretch marks, is a good way to help keep the skin elastic. If they have already formed these can help fade the darker marks. Once stretch marks have turned white or silver it may not be possible to fade them further, on the other hand applying a special synergy regularly to the skin can certainly help improve the skin’s condition and prevent further damage. I love my morning body oil, a synergy of essential oils diluted at 2% in 100% rose hip seed oil, which leaves my skin feeling smoother and silkier.

Essential oils that have traditionally be used for stretch marks include: lavender, German and/or Roman chamomile, mandarin, geranium, frankincense, carrot seed and neroli.

Carriers that have been found particularly useful for stretch marks include: rose hip seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, avocado with the addition of Vit. E.

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