How effective are vitamins for stretch marks? Anyone dealing with stretch marks has, at some point, heard it said that vitamins are the best, most natural treatment to help you get rid of stretch marks. But is it true?
Well, yes and no. The first thing you have to remember is there is no miracle cure. But in time and with repeated use, it’s possible to see an improvement in your skin. Let us tell you why.
Is Vitamin A Good for Stretch Marks
Vitamin A is a fast favorite both in the fight against aging skin, acne, and stretch marks. Why? Because it encourages the regeneration of skin cells and stimulates fibroblasts (the cells that make your skin look firm and healthy). Vitamin A boosts your skin’s collagen production, which in time causes your stretch marks to fade, thus making it a potent ingredient in the treatment.
You can get vitamin A from food, as a supplement, or you can apply it topically on the skin (in the form of retinol, a vitamin A derivative).
The recommended daily intake of vitamin A is 5,000 IU.
Using Vitamin A for Stretch Marks
- Topical Application – There are various creams and oils that are retinol-based, and while they work on renewing the skin, there has also been a lot of controversy around the topical use of retinol, with people claiming that it caused their skin to flare up or flake off, so perhaps you might want to look toward a more natural alternative;
- Supplements – There are plenty of specially-made pre-natal supplement packs that contain just the right amount of vitamin A, and while they are useful, you shouldn’t rely on them for all your vitamin A;
- Natural Sources – Vitamin A can be found in lots of foods, such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, raw carrots, kale, spinach, blueberries, and beef liver. Careful – liver contains a high dosage of preformed vitamin A, which, when taken in large quantities, can lead to congenital disabilities of your fetus. It is recommended that you don’t eat liver more than once or twice a month.
Recommended Vitamin A Product
Ren Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil – it contains pro-vitamin A, Retinoid analog, and vitamin E!
Is Vitamin A safe during Pregnancy?
Yes, though everything in moderation. Vitamin A comes in two forms, preformed vitamin A and pro-vitamin A carotenoids. You can consume as many carotenoids as you like, but when it comes to preformed vitamin A, you mustn’t consume more than 10,000 IU/3,000 mcg RAE.
Also, it is not recommended to use retinol-based medicine while pregnant (or trying to conceive) and to stay away from topical tretinoin (commonly known as Retin-A) during this time.
Does Vitamin C Help with Stretch Marks?
Not only does vitamin C protect you from colds, but it also stimulates your body’s collagen production, thus helping your skin stay firm and bouncy. Vitamin C is also great because it’s a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off free radicals (which tamper with your skin’s healing process).
The recommended daily value (DV) is 90 mg, both for pregnant and non-pregnant people.
Using Vitamin C for Stretch Marks
- Natural Sources – Vitamin C can be found most famously in oranges (78% of the DV), lemons (92% of the DV), papayas (97% of DV/cup), guavas (140% of DV), blackcurrants (112% of DV/ ½ cup) and strawberries (99% of DV/cup). The most significant natural source of vitamin C, however, is the Kakadu plum, an Australian super-food – it contains 5,300 mg per 100 grams.
- Vitamin C Serum – Vitamin C can also work wonders when applied topically in the form of a concentrated serum that heals and regenerates the skin from the outside. You don’t need to use much, just rub a few drops into the affected skin.
Recommended Vitamin C Product
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – it has a track record of effectiveness in fading scars and also has vitamin E and hyaluronic acid (another great ingredient that heals your skin and boosts collagen).
Is Vitamin C Safe during Pregnancy?
Yes, it’s safe, both topically and ingested. You would have to take astronomic quantities to endanger your child.
Is Vitamin E Good for Stretch Marks?
Vitamin E is excellent in the treatment of stretch marks because it both heals damaged skin cells (which is what stretch marks are) and encourages the appearance of new skin cells, which, over time, causes scars to fade considerably.
It is a powerful oxidant that boosts your body’s elastin and collagen production – the two elements in charge of keeping your skin firm and bouncy and helping it heal.
How to Use Vitamin E for Stretch Marks?
Vitamin E can be found in nuts, almonds, peanuts, etc. or as a supplement. It is also really useful in oil form, in a topical application on the affected area. We have a whole article on that subject, so why not check it out?
Is Vitamin E Safe during Pregnancy?
Yes and no. Supplements are generally NOT recommended, but oils and creams are perfectly fine.
Benefits of Zinc for Stretch Marks
Zinc is a great wound healer. It reduces inflammation and soothes the skin (stretch marks can be painful). Zinc creates collagen in the body and is super-important during pregnancy, especially since many pregnant women have a zinc deficiency.
The recommended daily intake for pregnant women (over 19) is 9-11 mg/day.
Using Zinc for Stretch Marks
It’s possible to get Zinc from foods, such as oysters (8-9 mg/oyster) and other shellfish, as well as beef (4.8 mg/100g) and pork (2.39 mg/100g), but it can be difficult getting the recommended daily intake from food alone, so your best bet would be to take a supplement. Alternatively, you can apply it topically – it’s found in creams and lotions as ‘zinc oxide’.
Recommended Zinc Product
MegaFood Zinc Tablets – many people found that it effectively healed their skin.
Is Zinc Safe during Pregnancy?
Yes, all forms of Zinc are generally considered safe while pregnant.
While there is no 100% guarantee of preventing or treating stretch marks, adding the above to your diet/beauty regimen is undoubtedly going to get you healthier, better-looking skin!