How to Prevent Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are scars that appear on your skin due to sudden changes in body size. This usually happens during pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, and puberty.

However, stretch marks are not caused only by overstretching of skin. Certain factors, such as a genetic predisposition, can increase your likelihood of developing stretch marks.

Nevertheless, you can take some preventive steps to try to avoid this problem. The best course of action is to keep your skin healthy and hydrated to improve its elasticity. There are many additional steps you can take to minimize the chances of such marks appearing.

Here are the top 10 tips to help prevent stretch marks.

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1. Apply coconut oil

Using coconut oil is perhaps the best natural way to keep your skin moisturized.

  1. Rub coconut oil generously on your skin.
  2. Massage the area to aid absorption into the skin.
  3. Do this two or three times a day.

If you do not have coconut oil, you can use olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado oil, emu oil, or just some baby oil.

2. Use castor oil packs

Expectant mothers often are advised to use castor oil to prevent stretch marks. People have used castor oil to prevent and reduce fine lines, winkles, spots, blemishes, and other skin problems for ages. It works as a humectant, helping your skin retain moisture.

  1. Apply a thick layer of castor oil on your skin.
  2. Wrap the area with plastic wrap or saran wrap.
  3. Apply heat with a heating pad or hot water bottle for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Repeat the process daily or several times a week.

If you want to thin the oil, combine one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of sweet almond oil and then apply the mixture.

3. Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep your skin hydrated. This keeps your skin supple and helps maintain elasticity, thereby making your skin layers less prone to tearing. For best results, drink at least two liters of water each day.

4. Enjoy a nutritious diet

Eat a balanced and nutritious diet that is rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, silica, and other nutrients to nourish your skin. Vitamin C, in particular, is essential for regenerating connective tissue.

Minerals like zinc and silica are also useful, as zinc helps in collagen synthesis and silica helps produce collagen. So, include a variety of foods such as strawberries, blueberries, spinach, carrots, green beans, collard greens, nuts and seeds in your diet.

5. Stock up on vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the collagen fibers in your skin from damage due to free radicals. This keeps the collagen fibers strong and promotes skin elasticity.

To get the maximum benefit, eat foods high in vitamin E (almonds, olives, sunflower seeds, spinach, avocados, pumpkins, etc.) and massage your skin with vitamin E oil or cream several times a day. You can take vitamin E oral supplements as well.

6. Moisturize with oil blends

You can create some interesting oil blends by combining different essential and base oils and using them to moisturize your skin.

  • Combine one cup each of olive oil and coconut oil. Add four tablespoons of vitamin E oil and the contents of six vitamin A capsules. Regularly massage your skin with the mixture.
  • Mix some coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Melt the mixture in a microwave or a double boiler. Finally, add a little vitamin E oil and apply it on your skin. This is a great homemade “belly butter” for preventing pregnancy stretch marks.
  • You can also add a few drops of orange oil in vitamin E oil and then apply it on your skin.




  1. Ya I think this will work thanks :)

  2. Very usefull tips and easy too..Thanks

  3. It’s very interesting ….

  4. these tips are so informative

  5. Can’t wait to try.

  6. i have it, but i will try olieve oil. thnks for d info

  7. Thank you soo much very helpful

  8. thanks i will try lemon

  9. I will really appreciate if its works. Thanks

  10. Thks very much

  11. these tips are so good and easy…… a big thanks to the creator…..

    • i learnt mauringa leaf is also work wen u mix it wif shea butter and honey bt dnt believe yet,so is dere a living witness here

  12. Will try it…thanks a bunch,I pray it works for me

  13. pearson musonda June 15, 2015, 8:02 pm

    I can’t wait to try

  14. this remedies can solve the problems of this stretch marks gooooosh its really killing me can wait to let go of it.thank you very much…..

  15. it really Working am trying it wit Oliver oil, all the same tanks to person DAT brought this ideal.

  16. cant waite to try it

  17. I’ll try it thanks

  18. I can’t wait to try.

  19. J malleswararao October 6, 2015, 8:34 am

    I will try and inform results.

  20. J malleswararao October 6, 2015, 8:35 am

    Thanks for giving good advises

  21. I think mine s puberty so i ll use jst olive oil…….thanks a bunch.

  22. Thanks, I’ll try it

  23. m using vitamine E OIL IT REAL WORKS



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