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Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

Stria or Striae Gravidarium

Stretch marks are caused by the sudden stretching of the dermal layer of the skin, like during         pregnancy. They are usually seen in regions of the body, susceptible to rapid increase in girth

Red stretch marks (striae rubra) form because of the stretching of the dermal layer of the skin, allowing the blood vessels in the layer below to show through.

White stretch marks (striae alba) appear where the blood vessels have receded, showing the fat beneath the dermal layer. This explains their silvery white appearance.

Hormonal Factors– Studies show stretch marks mayalso occur because of hormonal changes. During Pregnancy and puberty the hormonal imbalances are more likely to occur and this alters the production of elastin and collagen, which may cause your skin to lose its elasticity, allowing tearing. Also during puberty when growth spurts occur.

Natural Treatments to try that may help fade stretch Marks

Organic Essential Oils– Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense and Citrus oils. Must dilute these oils in carrier oil coconut or almond oil. Do not use Frankincense during pregnancy/nursing- may trigger menstruation and premature labour.

Aloe Vera– Moisturising, cooling, healing and anti inflammatory effects. May make stretch marks less visible. Get from fresh aloe vera- massage onto area.

Lemon Juice– Bleaches and whitening effects, also boost collagen in the skin produces due to high amounts of vitamin C. Apply for 15-30 minutes & wash off.

Egg Whites– contain protein and amino acids that may help the skin heal,  lightening the appearance of stretch marks. Whip two egg whites into a paste & Apply to stretch marks and let it dry. 1 x per week

Avoid Stretch Marks in the first place by-  Keep skin moisturised (coconut oil) Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of pure water! Exercise regularly & Eat a healthy diet. Avoid Alcohol, Stock up on Vitamin E.