Stretch marks are a type of scarring on the skin known as striae in the dermatology field, and are very common for bodybuilders and pregnant women. Some children also get stretch marks during especially rapid growth spurts or if they go through a period where they gain weight quickly.
When stretch marks form, skin stretches as far as it can, then tears. Purple stripes on the arms, shoulders, breasts, abdomen and legs can result from this stretching and tearing of the skin.
Stretch Mark Prevention
Although many people develop stretch marks, including 75 to 90% of pregnant women, they are very difficult to get rid of after they develop. The best plan for avoiding these unsightly marks is to prevent them from happening in the first place if you can.
Coconut oil is made up of medium chain triglycerides which supplement the natural collagen and elastin that helps skin stretch instead of tearing. With regular use of virgin coconut oil, stretch marks can be prevented or minimized during pregnancy and other times when the body grows rapidly. Virgin coconut oil is safe for children and pregnant women and is all natural.
Treating Stretch Marks After the Fact
When you already have stretch marks, the priority is to minimize or get rid of them. Treatments range from lotions and creams to cosmetic surgery procedures, and many treatments on the market don't work as advertised.
Virgin coconut oil can be an effective treatment for stretch marks when used faithfully every day. The medium chain triglycerides are uniquely shaped to be able to enter pores and heal skin from the inside out. Damaged skin is exfoliated over time and replaced with new, healthy skin.
Coconut oil also fades dark marks on skin, gradually lightening the purple marks. It isn't a quick fix, but it is effective. A combination of virgin coconut oil and vitamin E oil can be especially effective, since vitamin E is an effective treatment for scars and also improves skin elasticity.
Other effective natural ingredients to mix with coconut oil include olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and aloe vera. Many of these provide moisture to skin which can make it more elastic and prevent or treat stretch marks.
What Else Helps Stretch Marks?
Exercise can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks. As muscles are toned, they will tighten skin and improve its appearance. Massaging skin as you apply oil can also improve the absorption of the oil as well as blood circulation, which promotes faster healing.
Eating a healthy diet always helps skin by feeding it with vitamins and antioxidants, which help it heal faster and give a healthy glow to skin. A healthy diet also promotes weight loss if needed, which can improve the look of skin.
Biconi's 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil is suitable for use to treat stretch marks and can also be part of a healthy diet. Biconi's skin care products also contain virgin coconut oil along with noni and other plant extracts to promote skin healing and elasticity.