Stretch marks are streaks or lines that develop on the skin’s surface, which are a result of the stretching of skin or sudden change in the body’s size. Anyone could have stretch marks that are normally caused by extreme weight gain or loss. This condition is more common in women than men. Probably due to the fact that women undergo more changes in its body like child bearing and pregnancy, among others.

One can get these marks on the abdomen, thighs, hips, legs, breasts, lower back and even the upper arms. And while body changes are the common culprit, genetics are also partly to blame as it could be hereditary. So if you mom has these, there’s a big possibility you would have them too.

However, all is not lost and there are numerous ways to prevent it and to lessen its appearance. Check out the tips below for ways to minimize these visible lines.

Use Of Creams And Lotions

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One of the most common ways used to minimize the visibility of stretch marks are the use of topical creams and moisturizers.

  • Retin-A cream – This component is said to enhance collagen production of the skin to fill in the lines and tears found in the epidermis. A recent study from the University of Michigan proved the effectiveness of retinoic acid cream on stretch marks. There are different brand available in the market such as Renova, Retin-A and Tazorac but these could not be brought over the counter and must be accompanied with a prescription. Be careful to limit sun exposure when using this cream, as skin is more prone to burn with this chemical. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Creams with Glycolic Acid – This chemical could also boost collagen production as well as enhance skin’s elasticity for a more toned look. While this cream could be bought over the counter, it is still recommended that you consult a dermatologist beforehand to prevent be warned of any adverse effects. Unlike retin-a, glycolic acid is safe to use during pregnancy. However, as it comes from the same compound family that alpha hydroxy acid comes from, it is advised that you limit sun exposure when using this.
  • Combination use of retin-a and glycolic acid
  • Lotion and Oil with Vitamin E – vitamin E is a good nutrient for the skin so lathering up on moisturizers such as lotions or even body oils with this nutrient would do wonders for your skin

Use of Natural Products

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Sometimes, the things in nature could also do a lot for your skin and the marks on it.

  • Egg whites – according to some researches the protein found in eggs are effective in bringing elasticity to the skin and its collagen production. To do this, simply separate the egg whites from the yolks and massage the whites on the stretch marks three times a day, leave on for 5 minutes then rinse well.
  • Lemon Juice – lemon juice is a known cleanser and skin whitening agent. It is said that the acid in the juice could lighten the discoloration on the skin, making the marks look less visible. For maximum results, make a lemon extract scrub by mixing it with sugar granules to exfoliate the affected part and remove dead skin to even out the color.
  • Aloe Vera – the gel on this plant is known for actively cooling skin during sunburn but it’s also helpful in diminishing stretch marks. Use this like a cream and lather on affected area. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse well with lukewarm water afterwards.

Take Good Care Of Your Skin

Sometimes, the best way to minimize the look of stretch marks is to avoid having it altogether.

Stretch marks are sometimes the result of excessive weight loss so one thing you can do to take care of your skin is to exercise so that muscles are built and it fills up your body. Not only that, exercise boosts the skin’s elasticity, helping you achieve that toned look you’ve been wanting minus the visible streaks and lines.

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