Stretch marks often appear in the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Very common in women, stretch marks cause discomfort and embarrassment, especially in summer. Learn how to mitigate and prevent them naturally!
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are skin lesions that are manifested by appearance of reddish, pink or violet scars. Over time, their color tends to get pearly white and becomes less visible. Stretch marks result from a deep dermal tearing between the hypodermis and epidermis.
What are the main causes of stretch marks?
The causes of stretch marks are many, these are the most common:
- A rapid loss or weight gain
- Puberty (during this time the body encounters numerous physiological changes resulting from a surge of hormones responsible for breast growth and growth of the thighs and buttocks).
- Obesity and overweight
Stretch Marks: women are most at risk!
Women are the first victims of stretch marks. Indeed, during puberty, stretch marks affect about 25% of young women compared with 10% of young men. After puberty, stretch marks can reappear after pregnancy! Between 50% and 70% of women are likely to develop stretch marks during pregnancy, especially during the last quarter.
How to mitigate and prevent stretch marks?
To reduce and prevent the appearance of stretch marks, simply take the right action: hydration! During adolescence, pregnancy and even during menopause, remember to moisturize your skin. Prefer using natural solutions such as aloe vera gel, argan oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil or olive oil. Other natural products are also able to prevent and clear the scars and stretch marks such as Manuka honey.
What is Manuka honey?
Manuka is a tree that grows in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. Manuka honey has many benefits; it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties. This natural honey is rich in vitamin C and accelerates healing by calming inflammation and regenerating skin tissue.
Studies conducted in Germany by the Dresden University of Technology and Society for General Microbiology in Edinburgh, Scotland have shown that Manuka honey has a powerful effect on scars, stretch marks, burns, wounds, among others. This natural product is also perfect for boosting the immune system and activating blood circulation.
How to use Manuka honey to combat stretch marks?
On a clean skin, apply a teaspoon of Manuka honey on the affected area and massage the skin in circular movements.
Leave it overnight and rinse the area in question in the morning with cold water.
Use Manuka honey daily for at least a month for visible results.
Manuka honey is available in herbal medicine stores, in organic stores and online.