First of all, what are stretch marks and how are they caused? Well basically stretch marks are caused when your skin tries to stretch more than its elasticity capacity causing the middle layer of the skin to tare. So why does your body try to expand at such a fast rate? Well there are a number of reasons such as kids going through puberty, they grow at a very fast rate and can sometime cause damage to the skin. Other causes are fast weight gain from a bad diet, building muscle, and another very common cause is pregnancy. Woman are also more susceptible to stretch marks then men.
So can supplements help reduce stretch marks or even prevent them in the first place?
Yes. But let me first start of by saying, if you are pregnant, it is always best to get your doctor’s advice before taking any supplements or using any creams for stretch marks as they may cause damage to your unborn child. It’s not worth the risk without first getting the approval from your doctor.
Vitamin A does great things for our skin and keeps it soft and stretchy. It can also be used to help prevent stretch marks in the first place or help combat stretch marks already in place. It can be ingested or used as a cream.
Vitamin C also has great properties to help heal skin. Not generally used as a preventative measure, vitamin C is great for helping the skin repair itself and improves the general health of your skin.
So you may be thinking by now, ‘pretty much every vitamin letter will help’. But no, this is the last one that we know of. Taking vitamin E orally can actually greatly decrease the chance of your skin stretching in the first place. And it is a great vitamin for those who are also looking to remove the visibility of their current stretch marks.
Zinc is also a great way to help prevent stretch marks. Zinc contains collagen which is great for repairing skin and helping it keep very healthy.
Never take more than the recommended dosage of vitamins. If you are unsure of how many vitamins to take or which ones to mix, it is best to see your doctor. Same goes if you are pregnant, always see your doctor for advice. Better safe than sorry.