Hey Guys, it’s Emily here from MiaThrives!
Today I am going to discuss options for reducing scars and stretchmarks. Living with EB it’s impossible to completely avoid scars, however, there are steps that can reduce the redness and visibility. Stretchmarks are also genetic, so if your family member has them, that might mean you have a better chance of developing them at some point in your life. I have been testing out some options I am excited to share with you all!
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One precaution to always take to protect your skin and scars is getting into the routine of putting on sunscreen, I personally put a little extra over my most scarred areas such as my elbows and knees. The sun can make scars brighter and more noticeable over time.
In the past, one of the main products recommended was vitamin e oil, however, in more recent studies it has been less effective than other options such as Rosehip oil. Rosehip oil can reduce redness and even out skin tone. I personally love the company called the Ordinary, their products have no added ingredients and are reasonably priced. Click here for 100% organic cold-pressed rosehip oil.
Bio-oil is one of the most recommended products for both scars and stretch marks. It helps lighten dark scars and retains skin moisture. To get the most benefits of the product the best time to put it on is right when you get out of the shower or bath so your pores are open and can soak up the minerals in the oil. It can be found at most pharmacies or on amazon.
The shop Saje has a product that is formulation specifically for stretch marks called Mother’s Wellness. It has some extra ingredients such as Frankincense (which I previously did an EB Hacks on about its wound healing properties.) It is a bit of a higher-end product compared to the other options. In my opinion, it smells amazing but takes more oil to fully soak into your skin.
Another option is Belly Butter, it has a very different texture than oils more traditionally used. I find especially in cooler climates you have to warm it up a bit with your hands to soften it so it soaks into your skin. Shea butter has some additional helpful qualities other than reducing redness of stretch marks and scars such as helping with itching.
Personally, after testing many products I have found the most benefits from the two simplest ones, rosehip oil and Bio-Oil.
We would love to hear from you if you tried any of these hacks or have any hacks you would like to share with the EB community!
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