Heal Stretch Marks: Q&A
Stretch Marks From Fluctuating Weight
11/30/2006: Monica from Chicago, IL: "I was wondering if you had any cures for the following: How do i get rid of stretch marks? I have never been pregnant but have fluctuating weight problems if that is a contributing factor. Maybe there is a way to prevent more from occurring or to reduce the visibility of the marks? My sister has excessive protein release from her skin. Because of this, she has unsightly skin which is bumpy and has marks left behind from what looks like acne but has been determined as proteins coming out of her skin by the dermatologist. Its all over her upper back, upper chest, and shoulders. She's only 15. Is there any natural cure for this?"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Monica: The body's collagen formation is at risk and it is well known that stretch marks are a zinc deficiency. So the best ways is just to take zinc supplements, such as zinc acetate, or zinc citrate or zinc gluconate. I prefer 25 mg/day taken 5 days out of a week and take it for a month before maintenance dose is needed in which case maybe once a week would do it. In some cases a stretch marks also experiences back pain or joint pain, in this case take some magnesium citrate, or magnesium chloride would do the trick. It seems that zinc and magnesium are important in preventing stretch mark however vitamin C is also needed for collagen rebuilding, but I would much prefer sodium ascobate 500 to 1000 mg as it also have an alkalizing effect on the body. This increases capillary circulation allowing the stretch to recover and hopefully restore some elasticity to the skin. I have found applying just plain vinegar or better apple cider vinegar to the skin whenever I have a skin problems helps in restoring suppleness to the skin. The other issue is skin problems are also related to your diets that is low in silicon which causes skin thickness to be reduced. So eating some food high in silica on empty stomach such as oatmeal should help.
My sister has excessive protein release from her skin.
It is probably not a protein release but more like excessive fat or sebum production, but the issue is debatable. When the body produces excess sebum, it becomes oily and the surfaces of the skin do not appear smooth. Despite your or your sister, the diets are amazingly similar and it shows a zinc deficiency also. However in when the skin is not smooth it also means that the body is fairly acid and taking at least 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid to 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening for only 5 days out of 7 days should help the body restore the needed alkalinity for smoother skin and zinc should be able to dry the skin. Finally the other issue maybe too much fats or improper metabolism. In this case taking one tablespoon of granulated lecithin with every meal should reduce the excessive fat diets and excessive acid diet. However, it is still important to avoid foods that brings about this condition of acidity and fats, especially to avoid all bread, soda pop, cheese and no fried foods. Drink good alkaline forming water, such as 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 1 liter of water should help. Applying apple cider vinegar or vinegar to the skin should also improve the skin condition also.
The condition for the latter case should note improvement within one week, while stretch mark may take a bit longer to about 1 month to improve.
More notes: collagen formation during pregnancy is important and women need vitamin C, sodium ascorbate. Stretch marks can be a sign of vitamin C deficiency. Women need this supplement the most in my opinion. This is why some women experience hair loss and fungus infections after pregnancy -- vitamin C deficiency initiating a snowball effect.
Vitamin C also helps prevent miscarriage. The concept is simple, if the collagen does not form, it cannot attach the baby to the mother's uterus during the initial stages of getting pregnant, and in later stages the baby needs a lot of collagen to further grow. Therefore, vitamin C play a role during this phase. Ted"
01/12/2012: Indyshopper from Pendleton, Indiana replies: "So cool. Thanks Ted."