Stretch marks are often displeasing to see, they cause the skin to become scarred and the spot becomes lighter, this skin condition is not limited to women, but also occur in men as well. The doctor called stretch mark stria, striae, and if it occurs during pregnancy they called it striae gravidarum.
Stretch mark is caused as a result of overstretching of the skin; these marks can be reddish, purple, pink, or brown in color depending on the skin color. A lot of people use creams and lotion to fade or reduce stretch mark but most of these chemically filled cream does not work, you just end up buying expensive creams that do not work but also dangerous to your skin because of the presence of chemical that they use in preserving them.
In this post, we are going to look at how to use cocoa butter to fade stretch mark at home, Cocoa butter moisturize your skin and nourishes it with the needed nutrients.
Where Stretch Mark Occur?
I have already explained that stretch mark is caused as a result of the overstretching of the skin. This means that the linear spot appears on the skin surface except for the soles of hand and heel of feet. It usually occurs in the area where there is fat like:
The skin condition usually affects both the men and women, but they also occur in teenager especially around the tailbone which is caused as a result of growth and hormonal change in their body.
When Stretch Mark Occur?
Stretch mark is a common skin condition that affects a lot of people, due to overstretching of the skin, what causes this stretch mark to appear is:
Pregnancy – It occurs during the latter stage of pregnancy especially in the 3 trimester of pregnancy. It affects up to 80% of pregnant women. During pregnancy, the body release hormone that softens the ligament around the pelvis region to accommodate the newly formed baby. It helps the pregnant women to have safe birth but also cause stretching of the skin around the thigh, buttocks, tummy, and breast. This type of stretch mark fade naturally after giving the birth as the body shrink to it previous size but using natural products like cocoa butter, olive oil, or coconut oil would speed it recovering process and eventually fade the stretch mark.
Weight Gain and Loss – An uncontrolled loss of weight or gain of weight can cause the stretch mark to appear on the skin surface, this is why you should consult your doctor to fix a weight loss program or weight gain program that you should adhere to. Stretch mark also appears on athlete and bodybuilder as a result of an increase in the weight gain.
Corticosteroids – They are creams and lotions that people use to treat skin condition like eczema and to relieve inflamed skin. It also reduces the amount of collagen in the body, Collagen is a protein that helps to maintain the skin internal structure and keep our skin stretchy but when you use a corticosteroid on your skin it reduces the amount of collagen present in your skin thereby making the skin more prone to stretch mark. This is why it is advisable to consult your doctor before buying and using corticosteroids.
Puberty – This is one of the main causes of stretch mark in teenagers, as the body begins to grow and experience rapid hormonal change in the body, stretch mark occurs.
Family History – If any of your parents have the stretch mark, there is a high chance of you having a stretch mark.
What is Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa butter is oil extracted from the cocoa bean, popularly called Theobroma, it is rich in antioxidants that help to fights off free radical from the body and reverse the effect of free radical from the body. The free radical is responsible for wrinkles, blemishes, fine line, and aging of the skin. Cocoa butter is rich with anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to reduce redness, rashes, and fade stretch mark.
Cocoa butter is edible and they are used for cooking, this makes it useful when you should it on your skin as it does not harm or causes dangerous side effect when you used them on your skin. The oil is easily absorbed by the body and it also contains 6 medium chain fatty acid which is beneficial to your skin. The use of cocoa butter is not limited to fading or removing stretch mark but can also be used to enhance and improve your beauty because of their numerous skin benefits, it is one of the main ingredients in mainly skin care creams and lotions. They are also used in the manufacture of chocolate confections, pharmaceutical ointments, and toiletries.
How To Use Cocoa Butter to Fade Stretch Mark
Cocoa butter is easily absorbed by the body, it is why most people applied them as a skin moisturizer. Apply a few drops of cocoa butter on your hand and rub it on the affected area and leave it on for few minutes.