You bought this nice lacey number for your man and you’re excited to try it on. You slip it on, look in the mirror, and shriek because it looks like Wolverine tried to feel you up. Stretch marks occur when the skin is expanding over a short period of time (augmentation) as the skin is being stretched to a breaking point and the skin tends to be thin (stretch marks) where it is tearing the tissues underneath.
Stretch marks typically appear on the breasts, stomach, hips, and thighs, all places augmentation is likely to happen. They can show up for some causes:
- You may be getting your period, and the breasts usually swell up.
- They could have swelled up due to pregnancy.
- You may be having a growth spurt or starting puberty. Growth spurts for women happen between the ages of 10-15 for a normal developing female.
- You may have gained weight.
- Your body might be dehydrated. Although they can occur any place on your body that expands and has augmentation, your breasts are most vulnerable to stretch marks because the skin is already thinner than other places on your body.
So when any augmentation of the breasts occurs, there will be proof in the form of red marks. Stretch marks are not completely permanent, but even with treatments, some stretch marks are only abated, not entirely removed. This being said, you will want to treat your stretch marks as soon as you notice them. When they are red, that is the earliest stage of the formation. This is when you want to start your treatments. When they are purple, they have been there for a few years.
When they are white, they have been there for even longer (often, breasts will end up with white stretch marks because with hormones and periods, they shrink and expand every month for years on end). There are some treatments to help reduce the size and make them less noticeable. However, even laser therapy, which costs quite a lot, only completely gets rid of stretch marks in 50-75% of patients. That being said, it is common for treatments to not get rid of 100% of the marks.
For those who cannot afford laser therapy, a known treatment for stretch marks, and want to avoid the possibility of more scarring from these treatments, here are some home remedies for your stretch marks on your breasts.
Massage Your Breasts
To heal the stretch marks on your breasts, you want to increase blood flow to the torn tissues that resulted from the augmentation of the breasts to help heal them. Massaging the areas of augmentation will help with blood flow and circulation.
You will want to avoid massaging too roughly, as that can further damage the tissue underneath the skin of the breast. Use only a few fingers and only the tip to gently massage the skin for about 3-4 minutes every four hours. Even doing this, the stretch marks on the breasts may not go away right away. However, combine this with other treatments and it will be more likely the stretch marks will reduce faster.
Massaging preemptively may also prevent stretch marks or the severity of stretch marks. If you massage your breasts regularly, you improve their elasticity; therefore, when your breasts swell up for any reason (period or pregnancy), they have extra elasticity before they tear the underlying tissue and create stretch marks.
Use essential oils or lotions rich in vitamins to help your cause further. Lavender, tea tree, geranium, and rosemary essential oils are especially good for skin health. Sometimes, the issue that causes stretch marks is a hormonal issue. There are essential oils for that too! Try clary sage, geranium, and thyme.
This will help balance out hormones and may prevent stretch marks from worsening or coming at all!
Exfoliate With Scrubs
Before you being to put the lotions and vitamins onto your skin to reduce the stretch marks, you need first to open up the pores and to allow these vitamins to be better absorbed. Also, exfoliate after a hot shower, since your pores are already open.
Any exfoliating scrub mix will work, try an apricot or sugar scrub.
Mix 1 tsp of apricot oil with ½ tsp of cornmeal. Massage this scrub into your breasts where the stretch marks are. Continue this for about ten minutes. Do this 1-2 times a day to reduce the stretch marks.
Hydrate Your Body to Reduce Stretch Marks
Drinking more water helps your body overall, so it should always be your go-to treatment for anything body-related.
A hydrated body means hydrated cells. If cells do not get enough hydration, they tend to shrink, so when you do drink water, they expand. The sudden expansion from a shrunken cell causes damage in the form of stretch marks.
For reducing stretch marks on breasts, drinking more water consistently will hydrate your cells, specifically the tissue cells that were damaged. You should be drinking about eight cups of water spread throughout the day, more if you are highly active.
Drinking all eight cups at once and then nothing for the remainder of the day will still dehydrate you, and the excess water that is not being used to hydrate cells will go right through you. Make sure your water intake is slow and steady throughout the day.
Use Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter has always been a favorite for women who are trying to reduce stretch marks. Cocoa butter not only works, but smells amazing, so it is often used in creams and lotions. Cocoa butter is also found in foods, most often chocolate, and has added benefits if ingested, healthy chocolate?
Remember hydrating your body helps reduce stretch marks? Cocoa butter used as a lotion will hydrate your breast skin. The cocoa butter contains antioxidants, so it is also healing the skin as it is hydrating.
Many people have sensitive skin and need to second guess the use of a lot of lotions. If you use cocoa butter in a pure form, it does not have any of the harmful chemicals that lotions may contain, so it is less likely to irritate your skin, and thus less likely to invoke more damage. Cocoa butter is especially helpful in pregnancy stretch marks on the stomach as well as the breasts.
This has become a miracle oil in the past few years, especially for pregnant women. Castor oil seems to do everything—help skin health, heal infections, constipation relief, boost your immune system, arthritis treatment, and induce labor.
The benefit of castor oil I will be focusing on today is how it aids in skin health. Although castor oil can be ingested for other uses, for skin health it is best used topically.
Castor oil acts as to hydrate skin as a moisturizer. The fatty acids in it, like the cocoa butter, hydrate your skin on a deep, underlying level, even helping the skin from the inside out.
To use castor oil as a topical treatment, massage the castor oil into your stretch marks on and under your breasts. Make sure you use enough oil to massage the entire area that has stretch marks.
Afterward, take a dry, thin cloth and cover the area loosely, and don’t wear a bra or tight shirt during this time. After about 15 minutes you can get dressed, as the oil has had sufficient time to soak in. You can repeat this about 3-4 times a day consistently.
Aloe Vera and Olive Oil
Aloe is commonly known to soothe sunburn and other types of burns. The enzymes in the cactus-looking plant help heal skin and remove stretch marks. Olive oil has antioxidants that help rebuild the damaged tissues and reduce the stretch marks.
Mixing these creates a hydrating, soothing blend of tissue-repairing magic. Add a vitamin E or vitamin A oil (that can be taken from oral capsules) to create a super-healing mix! Blend ¼ cup of aloe vera gel and ½ cup of olive oil. Massage it into your stretch marked areas and let it set in for 10-15 minutes. Complete this daily.
Coffee Beans For Your Breasts
This one will delight your nose and help heal your stretch marks. This can be used as a preventative measure, as coffee beans promote elasticity and include antioxidants which make your skin as good as new.
Try this method before an expected expansion of your breasts (before you get your period, in the early stages of puberty or pregnancy). This treatment is best to not wait until after the stretch marks have appeared.
Grind fresh coffee beans (regular coffee beans should work). You should have about ¼ of a cup of ground coffee. Mix 50 ml of a collagen elastin lotion into the ground coffee and spread onto the predicted affected area on your breasts. Massage the mixture into it and leave for about 10 minutes.
With all of these treatments, it is going to smell like breakfast! Egg whites are made up of the fatty acid that I had talked about before, which helps hydrate your skin and repair the skin from the inside out.
All you need is one egg. Separate the yolk out of the egg and whisk the egg white for about a minute; gently…you don’t want to be making meringue! Spread onto your affected area and keep it there for about ten minutes.
This should be done once a day to reduce the stretch marks.
If they do not go away, don’t worry!
Like I said before, stretch marks don’t necessarily have a sense of permanency, but they do tend to be around for a while, even with some of the best treatments provided.
This is normal for all people. Although they can be annoying to look at, stretch marks don’t cause any other harm to you, so they are not something to worry about.
Even if a treatment is effective, it will take a while for the stretch mark to reduce in size or to go away altogether, so be patient and be consistent with treatments. Doing a treatment once will not make it better!
Remember to love your body for what it is, small flaws and all.