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Stretch Marks-Cured by Vitamin E Treatments?

Vitamin E has long been known as an ingredient in many over the counter skin products including soaps and lotions.  It has also long been thought to help prevent the aging process as well as help heal scars and scar tissue.  Because of its healing properties, many people believe that Vitamin E is essential for preventing stretch marks as well as treating stretch marks that have already formed.

What is Vitamin E?

So what is Vitamin E and how exactly does it help with your stretch marks?  Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent Alzheimer's, cancer, autoimmune diseases and free radical damage to your skin.

Free radicals can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin and thus cause aging, wrinkles, and sagging skin.  Collagen and elastin makeup a basic framework for our skin so we want to keep that framework intact for as long as we can.  This protection against free radical damage is precisely the reason why Vitamin E is found in so many stretch mark lotions and creams.

Applying Vitamin E directly to the surface of the skin can increase levels of Vitamin E in the skin by almost ten times.  This gives the skin a reserve of Vitamin E that it can draw from to reduce and prevent skin damage such as stretch marks.  Some people's stretch marks will respond to Vitamin E capsules treatments much better than other people's skin.  The key is discipline in application of pure Vitamin E to the stretch marks at least twice daily.

Recent research has found that Vitamin E and Vitamin C together are four times more effective at preventing photo-aging of the skin than either vitamin alone.  Photo-aging causes a break down in collagen just as stretch marks do so a combination of Vitamin E and Vitamin C could help prevent and reduce existing stretch marks.  The combination effect of Vitamin E and Vitamin C on stretch marks has not been thoroughly researched yet, but we will be anxiously awaiting results on any research performed.

Vitamin E in your diet is important

Applying Vitamin E capsules topically is only one way to provide your skin with the Vitamin E that it needs.  You should make sure that your diet has enough Vitamin E rich foods also.  A partial list of foods that are excellent sources of Vitamin E are below.

  • Vegetable oil
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Sunflower seed kernels
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Peanut butter
  • Fortified cereals

The U.S. recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E for men is 10 mg and 8 mg for women.  If you are eating a well balanced diet, you will get more than enough Vitamin E for the overall health and healing of your skin so taking a Vitamin E supplement orally isn't needed.

While Vitamin E treatments alone have not been proven to make stretch marks completely disappear, a great many people have had success with their stretch marks fading a considerable amount.  Vitamin E is a cheaper treatment for stretch marks than a lot of other items on the market these days so it it definitely worth a try before spending large amounts of money on other creams and lotions.

Resources:

1.  www.dietician.com/VitaminE.html

Disclaimer:  The information provided within this site is not meant to be a substitute for a medical doctor's opinion.  This site is for informational purposes ONLY.  Please check with your medical practitioner before any type of treatment or prevention method is started.

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