How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks With Exercise

by Carole Ellis

Stretch marks are a common and usually unwelcome result of pregancy.

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Stretch marks occur when upper layers of skin have been torn and then heal, forming a scar. They are a common side effect of pregnancy and weight gain, and they can be white, pink or dark purple in color. They are commonly considered unsightly, but most people believe there is little to be done for them other than to "sit-up" them into oblivion. Unfortunately, since stretch marks are scars, crunches alone will not eliminate them. There are, however, other techniques that will help you get rid of stretch marks without exercise.

Items you will need

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Loofah
  • Salt or sugar scrub
  • Moisturizer
  • Moisturizing body wash
Step 1

Start treating stretch marks immediately. By keeping skin moisturized and healthy during weight gain and unavoidable skin stretching, you can minimize stretch marks. Moisturize your stomach each day to keep the skin elastic and resiliant so that it can be stretched without tearing.

Step 2

Apply vitamin E oil to your stretch marks. Because stretch marks are scars, they can be healed and their appearance diminished with vitamin E. Apply it at least once a day to every mark, and make sure that you massage the vitamin E oil into the scarred area. This will promote new skin growth and healing.

Step 3

Exfoliate the area regularly. Just as scars fade over time as the skin that bears the scar wears away, a stretch mark will also wear away as the years pass. You can hasten the process by exfoliating the area regularly. You should use a salt or sugar scrub or a loofah, but not both. You should also not exfoliate more often than every three days or you risk irritating your skin and potentially creating other problems like chronic dry skin and eczema.

Step 4

Consider surgical options. If you want to get rid of stretch marks without exercise, then the fastest way to do so is a tummy tuck, during which they will remove the skin that contains the stretch marks from your body. However, this is a real surgical procedure and is accompanied by a variety of risks, so work closely with your doctor before selecting this option.

Step 5

Evaluate your potential for laser removal. Some people experience great success with laser stretch mark removal. However, your odds depend largely on your skin type and the stretch marks, so get several evaluations before you select this process. It usually takes multiple treatments that span several months, and it can be quite painful.

Tips

  • Many people use tanning sprays to camouflage their stretch marks. It will not get rid of them, but it can hide them in as little as 20 minutes.

Warnings

  • Stretch marks are unsightly, but you should never go overboard with your personal attempts at removal. Excessive exfoliation and bathroom surgeries can lead to serious complications, infections and even death.

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