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Vitamin E for Stretch Marks

Taking vitamin E for stretch marks may sound strange. We are used to treating our skin from the outside with creams and lotions. But actually what’s on the inside is just as important…

First, let’s remember that stretch marks are totally normal. They are very common and are absolutely nothing to worry or be ashamed of. But for lots of us, stretch marks are something we would rather not have.

cream with vitamin e for stretch marks

What Causes Stretch Marks?

They are caused by changes in the elastic supportive tissue that lies just beneath the skin. This elastic tissue is known as collagen fibre that exists in the dermis of the skin. When they are stretched too far they break. These tears allow blood vessels to be seen, resulting in red or pink lines. Over time, these blood vessels get smaller and we see underlying fat deposits through the tears instead. This is when stretch marks have a white or silvery appearance.

Pregnancy

Often, stretch marks develop during pregnancy as the skin stretches to accommodate the baby. Not all pregnant women develop stretch marks, but many do.

Puberty

During our teenage years, we go through a period of change. Rapid growth at this stage can cause our skin to stretch quickly, especially on a boy’s back or shoulders or a girl’s breasts and hips.

Weight Gain

Quickly gaining weight, either muscle or fat, can cause skin to stretch. This is common among bodybuilders and those on so-called yo-yo diets.

Treatment: Vitamin E For Stretch Marks

No matter why or where stretch marks develop, lots of people would rather that they would disappear. Although stretch marks won’t go away altogether, they can fade over time with the right treatment.

It may not be the first thing that we think of, but vitamin E for stretch marks is a well-established treatment. It accumulates in the epidermis layer of the skin and serves as a barrier to stop moisture evaporation. This helps to improve the skin’s strength, condition, and elasticity, which supports the reduction of the appearance of stretch marks. As an antioxidant, it can also help to maintain the health of our skin by fighting damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin E can also be applied topically, usually as an oil, to promote skin elasticity. Although this is more useful in preventing stretch marks than treating them.

Preventing Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can be difficult to prevent, especially during puberty and pregnancy. But there are some things that we can do to reduce the risk of collagen fibres breaking in the skin and causing stretch marks:

Nutrients

Some vitamins and minerals, like vitamin E, can help to promote the skin’s elasticity. Supplementing with collagen can also help to increase levels of it in our dermis.

Avoid Crash Diets

Crash diets often result in rapid weight loss or gain. This causes the skin to stretch suddenly, which causes breakage. Going a little slower can help to reduce the strain on the skin.



Roxanne Griggs

Roxanne Griggs

Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified, Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr).


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