Stretch Marks

Preventing Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a common form of scarring of the skin.  Whilst more generally associated with pregnant women they can affect anyone experiencing rapid growth spurts.  An individual who may be genetically predisposed to stretch marks will not be able to prevent them entirely, but it is not a lost cause.  There is so much that can be done to get ahead of the biological game by doing as much as possible, as early as possible to prevent them.


Daily massage of your skin with a good moisturizer can increase blood circulation, which may encourage new tissue formation.  Popular creams include aloe vera, olive oil, cocoa butter, rose hip oil, and shea butter.

Early Treatment

Start early with creams, particularly those containing vitamin E or vitamin A.  Whilst there isn’t any definitive scientific proof that they can actually prevent stretch marks from appearing there is evidence that they keep the skin soft and supple to minimize the effects of scarring.


Drink plenty of water.  Not only is this important to maintain good overall health water can help the skin to maintain its elasticity which prevent the formation of stretch marks.  Eight glass of water a day is considered to be beneficial.


Maintaining a healthy body through exercise also promotes a healthy skin.


Keep your skin in a healthy condition with a diet rich in fruit and vegetables that are full of vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and silica.

The scientific landscape is pretty barren with few studies supporting the efficacy of creams to prevent stretch marks.  However, one study conducted by scientists from the School of Medicine at Barcelona University showed that a prophylactic antistriae cream containing Centella asiatica extract was associated with fewer stretch marks during pregnancy.  In fact in women with a history of stretch marks during pregnancy the cream achieved significant prevention in 89% of cases (Mallol, J et al. Prophylaxis of striae gravidarum with a topical formulation: A double blind trial.  International Journal of Cosmetic Science; 13 (1): 51-57).

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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