Dealing with Stretch Marks

If it isn’t a scar, then, what is it? What do you call the purplish streaks that line your abdomen? Were they even there a month ago? What will happen to your summer now?

Stretch marks are like scars. They are formed after skin injury – no, not a cut or a wound. Overstretching of the skin causes stretch marks and this may be caused by pregnancy or sudden weight gain.

Intake of certain medications or underlying conditions affecting hormones, growth and development may also cause formation of stretch marks. These off-tone skin marks may appear on your arms, waist, hips, and thighs and even on the breasts.

Such marks become visible when the body’s normal repair system isn’t enough to merge the overstretched skin. They develop into unsightly assets which you most often find yourself complaining with.

What Can You Do?

You can seek a medical consultation to help you choose which among the treatment options will suit you best.

laser therapyMedical doctors would often offer you cosmetic therapies such as laser therapies, microdermabrasion and use of medications such as tretinoin to lighten the marks.

These medical therapies, however, are meticulous, time-consuming and expensive. Not everyone may be able to afford the needed expenses associated with these options.

More than that, not everything that you see in the market can deliver results.
Is there anything you can do then?

The Alternatives

Home-based treatments are always available to help you out.

Here are some of the remedies which you can whip up within the comforts of your home.

  • Vitamin E and A. Vitamin E oil plus Vitamin A ointment can do skin wonders. When applied twice a day and on a regular basis, they can be a great addition to your cosmetic routine.

The Steps:

  1. Add 1 tsp. of Vitamin A ointment to 1 tbsp. of Vitamin E oil in a container.
  2. Stir until they become one solution.
  3. Massage onto affected areas, leave it on for 30 minutes or so and wash off with lukewarm water and gentle cleanser.
  4. Moisturize, thereafter.

Mixtures can be kept for a week or less in a cool, dark place.

  • Carrot, Tangerine Peel and Olive Oil. Facial scrubs aren’t always bought. You can always pamper yourself with some home-based recipes. A mixture of tangerine peels, carrots and olive oil can certainly bring back your scar-free skin.

The Steps:

  1. Combine a 1 whole peel of tangerine, ½ carrot and 4 tbsp. of olive in a food processor or blender.
  2. Puree the mixture at a high speed for about 20 seconds.
  3. After showering, massage the mixture onto the wet skin, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply moisturizer.

It is applied on a regular basis, once a day. Keep it in a fridge for no more than 5 days.
Trust me; you can always whip something up. Your cupboard is a home to many wonders.

Try to expand your imagination a bit. Read. Be informed. You can always mix a little of everything.

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