Stretch marks, also known as striae distensae, are visible, off-color streaks or lines of dermal/skin lesions with significant psychological and physical implications. Stretch marks are commonly seen in the abdominal wall, on the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and breasts.
Stretch marks can cover a large part of the affected skin depending on the severity.
Pregnancy tends to be the major cause of stretch marks. However, other causes of stretch marks include; hereditary tendencies, rapid fat gain or fat loss, fast growth, stress, and alterations in physical conditions.
Stretch marks are typically formed when the dermis (the middle layer of the skin) is over-stretched, thus, weakening the collagen around that area and interrupting the collagen’s production cycle.
Symptoms of stretch marks include; development of pink, purple, or red streaks of skin, skin affected would become soft to touch, the stretch marks become white or silver in color with time, and stretch marks that appear as scars.
It’s pretty natural for women to develop stretch mark at some point in their life. However, stretch marks are really ugly and no woman would want to have it or, at least, would like to minimize it.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with stretch marks;
- Keep your skin moisturized and supple to reduce the likelihood of over-stretching the skin.
- Avoid scratching or overtly touching the affected area.
- Include yoga and strength exercises in your weekly routine. These would help give you a well-toned body.
- Glycolic acid is potent in improving collagen production. It is also safe to use during pregnancy.
- Retinoic acid cream, such as Retin-A, can be effective in fading stretch marks.
- If your stretch marks are really old, you could consider fractional laser therapy. However, it has some side-effects such as hyperpigmentation and scarring.
Below are 24 home remedies and natural treatments to get rid of stretch marks fast;
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is great for treating many skin problems including stretch marks. Its healing properties will improve the texture and elasticity of the skin. Extract aloe vera gel and apply it directly to the affected skin. Let it stay for 12-15 minutes and wash off with warm water thereafter.
2. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter has an anti-aging effect that helps in eliminating wrinkles and stretch marks from the skin. It improves blood circulation of the skin and promotes a faster healing. Apply cocoa butter to the affected area and massage gently two times a day for effective results.
3. Almond Oil
Almond oil is rich in vitamin E which is beneficial for the skin in many ways. Almond oil also keeps the skin hydrated and improves your complexion in a natural way. Take sweet almond oil in a bowl and add a little amount of your favorite essential oil. Warm the mixture and apply it to the area affected by stretch marks. Massage gently until the skin absorbs the oil. Repeat this twice every day for visible results.
4. Egg Whites
Egg whites are high in protein content which helps in reducing stretch marks from the skin in an effective manner. Simply take two egg whites and whip them. Use a soft brush to apply a thick layer of the whipped egg white to the affected area. Allow it to dry, then, wash off thoroughly with water. Moisturize with olive oil. Do this remedy every day for at least 15 days for reducing stretch marks.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil is highly beneficial for your skin as it helps in treating many skin conditions including stretch marks. Apply castor oil to the affected area and massage gently for 5-10 minutes. Now wrap the stretch marks with a thin towel and put a heating pad, or a hot water bag, to apply heat for 30-35 minutes. Do this every day for 3-4 weeks to get rid of stretch marks.
Sugar can be used to exfoliate the skin and allow new skin to show up in a natural way. Just add a tablespoon of sugar to enough almond oil. Add a little lemon juice and use it to scrub away your skin in a mild way. Do this every day before taking a shower and watch your stretch marks fading away.
7. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is yet another natural remedy to get rid of stretch marks in a simple and natural way. All you have to do is cut a lemon and rub it to your skin. Let it stay for 10-12 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water thereafter. You could also use lemon oil for the same result.
Applying apricot directly on your skin is also beneficial for reducing stretch marks. Take 2-3 apricots and de-seed them. Then, grind them to make a paste and apply this paste to the affected area. Let it stay for 18-20 minutes and wash off thereafter.
9. Herbal Solution
A homemade solution made of beneficial herbs would help in improving the texture of your skin and reduce marks. Take equal amounts of wheat germ oil and calendula oil and blend them well. Spread it on the affected area and massage in a gentle motion to reduce stretch marks.
10. Potato Juice
Potato juice has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy skin. Simply rub a freshly cut potato slice on your stretch marks to heal your skin in a natural and effective way. You could also use potato peel for a similar result.
11. Olive Oil
Olive oil has a high antioxidant level that heals the skin in a natural way. Warm some extra virgin olive oil in a bowl and massage it gently on the affected area of the skin and leave it there. You may also make a night cream by mixing olive oil with vinegar. It will moisturize the skin while exfoliating the dry skin.
12. Shea Butter
Shea butter has a moisturizing effect on the skin. It would greatly help in reducing stretch marks. Simply apply shea butter on your skin and massage in a gentle way on a daily basis.
13. Coffee Scrub
Coffee, especially those from green coffee beans, contains caffeine and other polyphenols which have an ability to penetrate deep into the skin and heal the skin. Add water to the coffee ground to make a paste and use it as a scrub. Wash off with water and moisturize your skin.
14. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great exfoliant and would help in removing the dead skin cells to reveal new skin. It can also remove stretch marks effectively. Mix baking soda with lemon juice to make a paste and apply it over the stretch marks. Then, cover that area with a cling wrap and let it stay for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water thereafter.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps in reducing the stretch marks by lightening the skin. Put some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz it over the affected area at bedtime. Let it dry before going to sleep. Repeat it regularly for effective results.
Turmeric is an excellent remedy for stretch marks. It is packed with antioxidants that help in healing the skin in a natural way. Take powdered turmeric and mix it with unsweetened yogurt to make a fine paste. Apply it on the skin and allow it to stay for 12-15 minutes. Wash thoroughly and do it twice every day for effective results.
17. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has properties that are beneficial for the skin. It reduces inflammation and heals damaged skin naturally. It also promotes the growth of new cells and reduces skin problems including stretch marks. Apply jojoba oil directly to the skin and massage in a circular motion for a few minutes. Apply it 2-3 times every day.
18. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is not only effective for treating skin infection but stretch marks and scars too. Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, and massage it on the stretch marks. Leave it on and do this twice every day.
19. Vitamin K
Vitamin K is essential for a healthy skin. It would also aid in reducing stretch marks. Include green vegetables such as spring onions, cabbage as well as pickled-cucumber in your diet on a regular basis to reap the benefits.
20. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is an excellent remedy for stretch marks. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties heal stretch marks and other scars in an incredible way. Simply puncture a vitamin E capsule to extract the oil and apply it to the stretch marks to fade them away.
21. Alfalfa Leaves
Alfalfa leaves are high in eight amino acids which are beneficial for a smooth skin. These leaves also nourish the skin due to the presence of high amounts of vitamin E and vitamin K in them. Add a teaspoon of alfalfa powder with some chamomile oil and apply it to the affected area 2-3 times every day until you see some improvements.
22. Argan Oil
Argan oil has antioxidant properties that make it an important component of many cosmetic products. It has a healing effect on the skin which helps in reducing stretch marks. Massage the oil into your skin and leave it on for effective reduction of the stretch marks.
23. Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub comprises of potent essential oils such as turpentine oil, cedar leaf oil, and eucalyptus oil. It also contains camphor and petrolatum. All these active ingredients help heal the skin, make it softer and clear the skin of stretch marks. Apply Vicks VapoRub to the affected area and massage for about 5 minutes. Then cover that area with a cling wrap overnight. Repeat this remedy every night till your skin improves.
24. Rosehip Oil
Rosehip is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin A which enhances the skin’s collagen production. Rosehip oil also has healing properties due to its rich fatty acid content. Apply rosehip oil to the stretch mark and leave it on the skin. Repeat this remedy twice in a day for effective stretch mark dissipation.
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