Stretch Marks- Prevention and Correction
First, stretch marks are totally natural, most people have them and you really shouldn't be ashamed. That being said, if your personal choice is to get rid of them, you need to understand how they work.
As a person changes size, whether they are growing taller, increasing muscle mass, or just gaining weight, the skin stretches. Pretty straightforward right? What you might not realize is that the stretch mark is actually a type of scar.
Skin is naturally very flexible. It is made to extend and contract around the body as you move around and fluctuate in size. Your skin works as an external armor, protecting your internal body from possible damage or infection. This is why transmittable diseases can be passed through open wounds.
When skin is dry, you might notice is looks different. It appears ashy and starts to peel. When your skin isn’t properly hydrated, it looses its stretchiness, causing it to break more easily. Dry skin means you are more prone to cuts, scrapes, and scaring. So the key to preventing and correcting stretch marks is moisturizing.
You should use moisturizes that are high in vitamin E, because it is essential to maintain elasticity in skin. Your body uses vitamin E in its natural healing process, so the more vitamin E, the less likely you are to get stretch marks. Moisturizes that are vitamin E rich include: Shea butter, Coconut oil, Cocoa butter, and Almond oil. These are you best go to moisturizing creams for preventing and correcting stretch marks.
Literally pile your moisturizer all over your body ever morning and night to keep skin hydrated and flexible. This is truly the only real way to prevent stretch marks. It’s as simple as that.
Here’s where things get a little more complicated. Apply your moisturizer on the scarred area also morning and night. You can also use pure vitamin E oil capsules and apply this to the skin. The more vitamin E the better. However, once stretch marks start to appear, the scar runs pretty deep through the skin and so your moisturizer may not be able to penetrate all the way through.
For this reason, be sure to moisturize after the shower when your skin is soft and your pores are opened. You should also consider using a derma-roller to help penetrate the skin deeper. Derma-rollers are a tool with micro needles that help your skin to pull product into the epidermus. You simply roll it over the area with stretch marks and then apply your moisturizer. Use a derma-roller every other day, be sure to give your skin a rest, and remember to apply the moisturizer right after you use it.