Preventive Measures For Stretch Marks


Knowing the causes of stretch marks is the first step of prevention. Stretch marks are caused by hormonal changes, rapid weight gain, pregnancy, puberty, use of topical steroids and rare genetic disorders. Making lifestyle changes is second step to prevention. There are certain things you must do that can help to prevent stretch marks. As we all know, stretch marks affects the skin, so it is important to take care of the skin. The skin has elastin fibers and collagen (a rich protein compound). They support the skin to keep it in shape, stronger and improve its elasticity. If they become weakened, there is possibility that stretch marks will occur.

Preventive Measures For Stretch Marks
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How can you keep the skin in shape so as not to lose its elasticity?

  • Eat foods that will help you maintain a healthy skin. Diet for healthy skin are foods that contain vitamin B, C, E and minerals such as zinc and silicon.

  • Remember that rapid weight gain or obesity can result to stretch marks, therefore it is imperative to lose weight. Engage yourself with exercise. Exercise can help tone the skin, thereby making it firmer and taut. If you must gain weight, it is advisable to do so gradually.

  • Hydrate the skin by always drinking water. Water detoxify the skin and increases resistance to stress caused by stretching. Drink 8 classes of water per day.

  • Keep the skin supple by applying cream containing collagen. Beware of  the kind of cream you rub on your skin. Cream containing sulfates causes dryness and they slowly reduces the elasticity of the skin. Moisture the skin by applying natural oil such as bio-oil, almond oil, shea butter or cocoa butter.

Above all, consult a dermatologist who knows best on how you can best prevent stretch marks.

20 comments:

  1. I dont have stretch marks but It worth knowing its preventive measures.

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  2. Mine are definitely from weight gain and pregnancy... trying my hardest to make them look better though. Interesting post! Sim - Manchester Mummy

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  3. Wow I didnt know stretch marks are caused by dry skin. Thanks for posting such a helpful post!

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  4. This is a really informative post. I wasn't aware of the othee conteibuting factors. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I had no idea that certian foods and vitamins played such an important part in forming stretch marks. Also using real Cocoa butter helps alot

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  6. Got mine from my pregnancy :( Now, I'm having a hard time to lighten it.

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  7. I think it's better to go with moderate weight loss program to avoid stretch marks. Creams can also help in the transition.

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  8. Food and healthy lifestyle really does help to avoid or somehow lessen stretch marks. great post :)

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  9. I should have read this post decades ago. I have plenty of stretch mark caused by weight gain.

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  10. Staying hydrated is so important in many ways. I found that this winter, my skin stayed refreshed becasue I drank more water. Great tips.

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  11. Stretch marks are very unpleasant especially in the summer season where we like to wear short skirts. Once they appear it is very hard to get rid of them, so prevention is very important.

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  12. Stretch marks is a problem not only by women but also by men. Great to know that there are some preventive measures for it. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thanks for this post! I do have some and they bother me so much! I use cocoa butter but I need to take vitamins internally as well to help!

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  14. Staying hydrated and getting medical consultation are the most important in this list. We should not just use any ointment or gel out there, might do more harm than good.

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  15. i should have known this product 5 yrs ago :(

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  16. Those are all really great tips. I have a bit from my pregnancy and wish I had known all this before.

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  17. Thank you so much for these information. It's really timely for me because I can already see some stretch marks in certain areas of my skin. I guess I needed this reminder!

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  18. Hello Mazino, So many people suffer from stretch marks while trying to lose weight. Most women get it after childbirth. Your tips on how to prevent and reduce stretch marks is going to be very helpful to many such people. I agree on the fact that water intake is one of the biggest preventive measures.

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  19. New moms will often try dieting or exercise in an effort to get rid of the weight they gained when they were pregnant. stretch mark cream

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