How to Prevent and Reduce Stretch Marks


Topical vitamin E reduces stretch marks and scars."


What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are scars caused by tearing in the middle layer of the skin (dermis). Due to the rapid growth during puberty or pregnancy or sudden weight gain, the skin is overstretched and torn, triggering the appearance of stretch marks.

Where in the body do you usually see stretch marks?

Stretch marks can appear on the tummy, breasts, upper arms, thighs, buttocks and hips. Stretch marks initially appear as slightly raised red or purple marks, then slowly turn into white or silver flat marks.


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How to Prevent and Reduce Stretch Marks?

Without any treatment, stretch marks may slowly disappear after some years. There are some botanical extracts that may help prevent and reduce the severity of stretch marks. One of my facial oils, Bio-Collagen Face Oil contains various plant extracts that have skin renewal and nourishing properties to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars such as:

1. Stabilised Vitamin E

Vitamin E speeds up skin cell regeneration, hence, it will be good for the treatment of stretch marks and scars.

2. Cacay Oil (Caryodendron Orinocense)

Extracted from the fruit of Caryodendron Orinocense tree, cacay oil is the richest source of linoleic acid (omega 6 essential fatty acid). With up to 85% linoleic acid content, a study showed that cacay oil improves skin's elasticity and reduces pigmentation. Cacay oil can be beneficial for preventing and reducing stretch marks and scars. 

3. Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa)

Rice bran oil contains oryzanol and ferulic acid, two powerful antioxidants that help reduce skin discolouration and protect skin from environmental damage.

4. Blue Chamomile Flower Oil (Chamomilla Recutita)

One of the well-known aromatherapy oils, studies suggest that chamomile oil promotes wound healing. It can be beneficial for preventing and reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

To reduce stretch marks and scars, gently massage a few drops of Bio-Collagen Face Oil into the skin after shower or bath everyday. In adults, the skin renewal process takes between 28 and 42 days, therefore it is highly recommended to use Bio-Collagen Face Oil for at least 2 months to see best results.


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