Stretchmarks – Not Just In Pregnancy
Our skin is where life’s big events, like pregnancy and puberty, are marked and stretchmarks are a natural part of growing.
These long narrow lines are basically a slight tear or stretch of the dermis layer of our skin. Common during pregnancy, they also appear in puberty for both boys and girls, or anytime there is rapid growth or weight gain. You’ll see stretchmarks on thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back.
Stretchmarks – Reduce Irritation
Stretchmarks can itch and irritate. Moisturising your skin is essential for soothing and healing the itch. As your skin is literally ‘stretching’, the moisture needs to be super rich and deeply penetrating to offer relief and minimise scaring.
Rosehip Oil Safe for Pregnancy
Rosehip oil is packed with healing ingredients, including naturally occurring Vitamin A (trentinoin), Vitamin C, essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9. Natural Vitamin A is a safe alternative to the stronger synthetics like Retin A found in many beauty products. Retin A should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Rosehip should be blended with other oils to help it penetrate and absorb. Jojoba oil is a perfect match. Unlike any other natural oil Jojoba has the unique ability to ‘mimic’ your skin’s natural sebum, so it will penetrate deep into the skin layers—taking all those healing nutrients with it. You’ll get twice the bang as Jojoba naturally contains its own balance of natural vitamins A, D and E— and is also safe for pregnancy and puberty.
Start with a rich soothing moisturiser. This will calm the skin, reduce the appearance of scars and minimise new ones. Try these other healthy tips, remembering that stretchmarks come from rapid weight gain.
- Eat a balance diet, exercise and maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid yo-yo dieting
- Sun damage will make stretch marks look worse. Always use SPF 15 or higher to cover your skin.
Start with instant relief from the itch, and enjoy softer, smoother skin.
Scars, ranging from minor scrapes to major surgery can be minimised with some simple steps. The sooner you begin the better the results. You need to be proactive. Scars are the final stages of a healing process that begin with skin clotting, scabs or stiches. Your body then produces collagen fibres that ‘reconnect’ the broken skin forming new tissue or scars.
You’ll reduce scaring if you avoid infections. Follow professional advice on regular cleaning and dressings. Don’t skip steps here –keep your wound clean. For minor scapes avoid the prolonged use of irritants like hydrogen peroxide, iodine or alcohol. They dry out the skin and actually slow-down healing. And yes, scabs are nature’s best protectors—leave them in place until they release naturally.
The most effective way to reduce scars is to moisturise and protect. Moisturising soothes itchy scabs as new scars often lack moisturising glands. Massaging scars daily using rich oil is also important for ‘breaking down’ new collagen fibres, creating smoother, flatter scar tissue. Use an oil that is completely natural, with no chemicals or irritants. Try oils like jojoba and rosehip that combined are packed with natural healing Vitamins A, D, C, E, essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9.
Top Tips for Reducing Scars
Remember your average scar can take up to 12 months to fully heal to its end point, so an early start and daily care will make a big difference.
- Keep it clean and covered
- Massage scar daily with a rich oil
- Avoid ‘stretching’ the scar through heavy lifting or strenuous exercise using that area
- Absolutely no sun—especially in the early days. You may get permanent skin pigmentation. Wear sunblock.
Daily moisture and massage (and sun protection) is the best way to heal beautifully.