Stretch marks are a common skin complaint that can be treated with Prickly Pear Seed Oil, They’re common in pregnant women, adolescents and anyone who has quickly gained or lost weight.

These long stripes or lines on the skin may be annoying, but they don’t cause any physical problems although they can affect mental health as suffers struggle with self image issues.

Although most stretch marks will fade significantly with time, many people understandably want to minimize their appearance quickly.

There are three main ways to reduce the appearance and impact of stretch marks:

  1. Hiding stretch marks with Cosmetics
  2. Using Topical Treatments before and after the appearance of stretch marks.
  3. Eliminating stretch marks with surgical intervention.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

A stretch mark is a type of scar known medically as striae or striae gravidarum. They occur when the collagen and elastin in the middle layer (dermis) of the skin becomes overstretched to the point of tearing.

These tears cause scars that appear as stretch marks on the skin’s surface.

  • Stretch marks look like lines or streaks across the skin.
  • Stretch marks can be pink, red, brown, black, silver or purple. They usually start off darker and fade over time.
  • Stretch marks are most common on the stomach or torso, breasts, chest, upper arms, legs, bottom, hips and back but can appear anywhere on your body (see appendix below).
  • Itchy stretch marks are quiet common especially when they first appear

Pregnancy stretch marks are probably the most well known although there are many other reasons they may appear, here are the most common causes:

  • Pregnancy (up to 90 percent of pregnant women will develop stretch marks before delivery).
  • Growth spurts that happen in puberty.
  • Rapid or excessive weight loss or weight gain.
  • Weight training when you have rapid muscle growth.
  • Females more often develop stretch marks than males.
  • Other family members have stretch marks.
  • Cushing’s disease or Marfan syndrome.
  • Regular use of Corticosteroids (steroids) on your skin.

Not everyone at risk will go on to develop stretch marks; the key to preventing them is to take early action if you are at risk. The goal of any preventative action is to improve the skins elasticity so that it doesn’t tear when it’s stretched abnormally.

When stretch marks first appear and depending on your skin color, they may be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown. Early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and can be itchy. In time, the color fades and the narrow bands sink down although they are still visible.

Stretch-Mark last forever without medical intervention

Once you have stretch marks they’ll never go away on their own, although they will fade over time.

The only way to remove stretch marks completely is to undergo a medical procedure such as laser resurfacing or abdominoplasty.

That said, and if you know you are at risk, you can use a topical oil like Prickly Pear Seed Oil to improve your skins elasticity, the ingredients in Prickly Pear Seed Oil can also repair and reduce the visual impact of existing stretch marks.

Early Treatment is essential to reduce the appearance of stretch marks

The sooner you begin treatment the better, ideally before you even develop stretch marks. Prickly Pear Oil is a wonderful natural product that you can use as part of your daily skin care regime, it’s particularly effective on itchy stretch marks.

Pregnancy stretch marks can’t be treated with retinol before birth or during lactation

Dermatologists often recommend prescription retinol creams to lessen the appearance and deepness of pregnancy stretch marks, but these can only be used some after you have given birth since Retinol (Vitamin A) isn’t safe for pregnant or lactating women. By the time it’s safe to use retinol the stretch marks are likely to be well established.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil doesn’t contain retinol so (subject to your doctors approval) it may be safe to use earlier than retinol and is therefore likely to be far more effective.

Stretch marks will fade with time and topical treatments may speed up the process

The more time passes, the less noticeable your stretch marks will be. You’ll notice your marks will fade from deep red or purple to a silvery or white color.

With time, they may also become smoother and less deep in appearance. This fading process can take as little as several months but without treatment is more likely to take several years.

Topical treatments are most effective at the onset of stretch marks, but continued use can continue to improve their appearance so it’s important to choose a natural oil that you are happy to use for a long period of time, months or even years.

What medical procedures can remove stretch marks?

A skin doctor or plastic surgeon can use lasers or other treatments to help fade the marks.

Pulsed dye laser therapy is a painless blast of light used on new, red stretch marks. The laser calms the blood vessels under your skin that cause the marks.

Fractional CO2 laser therapy is a new treatment that may smooth out old, white stretch marks. One study showed that women’s stretch marks faded after just a few sessions.

Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to rub off the top layer of your skin. One study showed that this treatment helped fade new, reddish stretch marks.

The only way to remove stretch marks completely is to undergo a medical procedure such as laser resurfacing or abdominoplasty.

The right diet can help prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks

Control your weight

One of the best ways to prevent stretch marks, whether you’re pregnant or not, is to maintain a healthy weight.

Working to control body changes from happening too quickly is a good idea. Eat a healthy diet and exercise to help you manage your weight.

Stay hydrated

Drinking enough water helps to keep your skin hydrated and soft. Soft skin is less likely to doesn’t tend to develop stretch marks than dry skin.

Caffeinated beverages, like coffee, can also increase your risk of developing stretch marks. If you drink coffee, make sure you’re balancing out your fluid intake with plenty of water, herbal tea, and other caffeine-free fluids.

Eat a nutrient-rich diet

Stretch marks can also occur if you lack nutrition in certain areas. Eating foods that boost skin health may help. Make sure your diet includes foods rich in:

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin E
  • zinc
  • protein

Include vitamin C in your diet

Collagen plays a role in keeping your skin strong and elastic. It helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but it may also be important for preventing stretch marks.

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for the development of collagen. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are especially good sources of vitamin C.

Soak up some vitamin D

Several studies have suggested that maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D could reduce your risk of stretch marks.
The easiest way to get vitamin D is through exposure to the sun. The vitamin is also commonly added to bread, cereal, and dairy products like milk or yogurt.

Eat  zinc rich foods

Zinc is an important nutrient for skin health. It helps reduce inflammation and plays a role in the wound healing process.

There is very little evidence to date of a connection between zinc and stretch marks, but including zinc-rich foods in your diet, such as nuts and fish, may help keep your skin healthy.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil can prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks

Prickly Pear Seed Oil helps repair damaged skin cells, smooth the appearance of skin and strengthen the skin barrier function, therefore, it can help reduce the appearance of stretch mark.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a very high percentage essential fatty acids including omega 6, 7, 9 fatty acids along with vitamin E, beta-sitosterol and a trace of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Linoleic acid (Omega 6) and Oleic Acid (Omega 9) are PUFAs which are naturally occurring essential ingredients that enhance, protect and repair any type of skin.

Vitamin E is a powerful moisturizer that helps prevent, or mitigate, the appearance of stretch marks, and it can also ward off itchiness in your skin. Prickly pear oil has far more Vitamin E than any other plant based oil.

Read how the ingredients in Prickly Pear Seed Oil help prevent and minimize the appearance of stretch marks and other skin, nail and hair issues.

Appendix: Stretch Marks can Appear anywhere

These are the searches people carry out on stretch marks which shows that they can appear almost anywhere on the body. Male stretch marks have also become very common as weightlifting and gym workouts have become more popular.

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