Does Cocoa Butter Help Prevent Stretch Marks?
Women have long used Cocoa Butter as a treatment for stretch marks. Many naturopathic practitioners and midwives also recommend Cocoa butter for the prevention and treatment of existing stretch marks scars.
So what is Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa Butter is a creamy coloured natural fat extracted from cacao seeds (cocoa beans) and, as you might expect, has a very pleasing aroma (that's if you're partial to chocolate).
Like chocolate, cocoa butter contains CMP (cocoa mass polyphenol); a substance that research suggests may help treat conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
The emollient properties of cocoa butter make it a popular choice as an ingredient in cosmetics and products where it is used to soften and soothe the skin.
Cocoa Butter is naturally rich in Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant that
can help prevent free radical damage to the collagen fibres. It is collagen,
together with elastin, that provides the skin with strength and elasticity
and is vital for repairing skin without leaving scars. By preventing free
radical damage cocoa butter may help maximize the skin's elasticity to prevent
stretch marks occurring.
The benefits of Cocoa Butter in the treatment of stretch marks
Cocoa Butter is an excellent moisturizer to soften and soothe dry itchy patches and leave the skin feeling soft and silky smooth. Moisturizing your skin on a daily basis can go a long way to help you prevent stretch marks and get rid of existing ones. As you moisturize you are helping to keep the skin supple and, through the action of massage improving circulation, which in turn helps prevent stretch marks occurring.
The severity of stretch marks varies from one individual to another, so cocoa butter or any other stretch mark cream for that matter is not going to work the same for everyone. The only sure way to find out if Cocoa Butter prevents stretch marks is to try it. You might just be pleasantly surprised and remain stretch mark free.
Does Cocoa Butter help prevent stretch marks?