By Rachel V Romario

Stretchmarks occur when the skin stretches, and the usual cause of them is the rapid weight gain that happens when a woman is pregnant. As her baby grows, her body will grow with it and the results of it can be reddish, purplish marks along her stomach, breasts, and arms. As time goes on the marks will fade until they are white, and this will make them less visible.

A woman that has stretch marks will look in her mirror and wonder if there is a way to prevent and remove stretchmarks. Here are some tips to keep stretchmarks from happening, and if so, ways to get rid of them.

Water: A pregnant woman should be drinking a lot of water during her pregnancy for both herself and her unborn child. Water will help keep them both hydrated, but water will also keep the skin nice and loose. The skin being loose will stretch easily as the baby grows, and this will prevent stretch marks.

Exercising: If you have a regular exercise routine that you stick with even when you are pregnant, then your skin is already loose just from the activity itself. Keep up with the exercising, and your skin will easily stretch as your pregnancy progresses and you won’t get stretchmark.

Eat the right foods: The skin is basically a large organ, and like all organs it needs certain nutrients to keep it soft. If you eat foods that are high in protein and high in vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin C your skin will stay soft enough to stretch as your baby grows. A healthy diet with lean meats, leafy green vegetables, and dairy products will provide your ski with everything it needs.

Exfoliating your skin: Whenever you get a facial or use a loofah sponge in the shower, you are getting rid of dead skin cells. Exfoliating your skin often will help new skin to grow, and doing this can reduce the look of the stretchmarks.

Here are some tips on how to remove stretchmarks.

Vitamin E oil: Vitamin E oil rubbed into the marks two to three times a day will make the stretchmarks fade and disappear.

Glycolic acid: A skin cream with glycolic acid can make the skin softer and with great elasticity.

Retinoid: A cream with retinoid when used early in the pregnancy can prevent stretchmarks from happening, and after the pregnancy using retinoid cream can take them away completely.

Stretchmarks are a stretching of the skin that can leave reddish purple marks. The best way to get rid of stretchmarks is to stop them from happening by eating right, exercising, and drinking plenty of water.

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