Get Rid Of Stretch Marks & Scars
Stretch Marks – Not Just In Pregnancy
Our skin is where life’s big events, like pregnancy and puberty, are marked and stretch marks 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 stretch marks from pregnancy on thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back.
How To Reduce Irritation & Itchy from Stretch Marks
Stretch marks 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 and Jojoba – Power Healers
Rosehip should be blended with other oils to help it penetrate and absorb. Jojoba oil is a perfect match for stretch marks treatment. 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.
How to Minimising Stretch Marks
Start with a rich soothing moisturiser, like our Jojoba & Rosehip Oil This will calm the skin, reduce the appearance of scars and minimise new ones. Try these other healthy tips, remembering that stretch marks 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.
Act Early to Reduce Scaring
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.
Natural Healing – Keep it Clean
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.
Daily Moisture Best for Scars
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.
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What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are harmless indented streaky marks that generally appear on the thighs, abdomen, breasts, hips and buttocks. They are often white or silvery in colour, but may also appear red or purple if they’re new. Stretch marks may fade over time with or without treatment. Although they may never disappear completely, stretch marks are completely normal.
What causes stretch marks?
Stretch marks happen when the skin stretches or shrinks quickly. This abrupt change causes the skin’s collagen and elastin to rupture. This is why pregnant women and adolescents commonly experience the formation of stretch marks, as their skin is stretching as the body grows/expands. Stretch marks can also occur as a result of rapid weight loss or weight gain.
What percentage of females have stretch marks?
Around 50% to 90% of women have stretch marks. Chances are, you or someone you know have them! Men can also develop stretch marks, though it’s not as common. One of the reasons why women are more susceptible to stretch marks is because of factors such as pregnancy and growth and changes to the breasts and hips during adolescence.
When do stretch marks appear in pregnancy?
Stretch marks are more likely to appear in the last 3 months of your pregnancy, as the skin on your belly grows to make room for the baby. You are more likely to get stretch marks if your weight gain is more than average during your pregnancy. It’s not always possible to prevent stretch marks, but there are some pregnancy skin care tips you can follow to soothe newly formed stretch marks and support the health of your skin.
How long do stretch marks take to fade?
If you’re experiencing newly formed stretch marks, you can expect them to fade within 6 to 12 months. Though they do fade over time, they may not disappear completely. When stretch marks do fade, a lot of the time they are barely noticeable as they become lighter in colour than the surrounding skin and sometimes almost transparent.
Do stretch marks ever go away?
Stretch marks may never completely disappear. If you are concerned about the appearance of your stretch marks, there are some treatments that can fade them or make them less noticeable. This includes massaging in topical oils such as jojoba oil or rosehip oil which can help reduce redness and itchiness. You can also prevent your chances of developing stretch marks with proper skin care and ensuring you’re well-hydrated and getting adequate exercise.