Between July 2011 and September 2012 I managed to gain about 60-65 pounds. Going into the reasons why I gained the weight is a whole other discussion. However, I began switching my lifestyle to Paleo this past Fall and really dug into it this past November.
Due to the fact that I gained weight so quickly I obviously incurred a great deal of stretch marks on my stomach, hips, and on an area of my thighs. Now that I am slowly losing weight and becoming an overall healthier person through Paleo and fitness, I also want to begin healing/fixing my skins issues. I ultimately hope I can diminish my new stretch marks and repair my skin. The only marks I ever had before were the ones I gained during puberty, and scars during softball, soccer, and track.
Yesterday, I started taking a Vitamin E supplement, and I also purchsed some Vitamin E infused bars of soap for topical use. In addition to that, I started applying Palmer's Cocoa Butter to the affected areas of my skin.
- How much Vitamin E is too much?;
- Would you recommend anything else to heal my skin?
Thank you, I appreciate any input and advice provided.
asked byPrimalFit_D (1047)
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on December 17, 2012
at 08:57 PM
primal, i had a problem similar to yours (quick weight gain). i gained 40 lbs in two days and my skin was not prepared for it at all. as soon as i lost the weight, i was left with stretch marks EVERYWHERE. i had never had stretch marks before this, so i was shocked at how hideous they were. you could try rubbing vitamin e oil on your skin or using coconut oil. i used to break open vit e capsules but it took too long and wasn't worth it. i find coconut oil works best. i still have some of the marks if you look closely. my skin had to stretch so fast, so i don't think they will ever go away.
i took many baths as well with various ingredients- oatmeal, mineral salts, LUSH products. they felt good but didn't do much for the marks.
one thing that you might want to look into is skin brushing. i used to be vigilant about doing it every morning but have since stopped doing it as often. it's supposed to improve circulation and decrease cellulite. it makes my skin look really beautiful and smooth.