In this post, I am going to discuss about stretch marks, what causes stretch marks, what are the home remedies for stretch marks and some easy exercises you can do to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and a video clip on how to get rid of stretch marks and scars. Read on to find more.
Pregnancy and weight gain are the two major causes of stretch marks. When your skin is stretched to its maximum capacity, its elastic fibers and collagen breaks down and the ruptured middle layer tissue can then be seen through the thinned outer layer of skin.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
There are various other causes of stretch marks:
- They may occur on the body of both men and women, if they have a problem with obesity.
- Sometimes stretch marks develop due to hormonal and genetic problems.
- Boys and girls develop stretch marks in their teen years, because of the skin stretching on their bodies in the process of growth.
- Sometimes they are caused by the intake of chemical-based medicines used to combat long term diseases.
- Deficiency in essential minerals and vitamins also leads to stretch marks. So proper and regular food is required.
What are the Home Remedies for Stretch Marks?
In treating such problems, nothing is as safe and beneficial as a good home remedy. Similarly, in the case of stretch marks, taking to home remedies is the best way to get rid of them.
But during pregnancy, it is very necessary to go with what doctors advise. Some of the solutions are provided below:
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #1 – Olive Oil
Gentle rubbing of warm olive oil on the abdomen and hips betters one’s blood circulation and helps reduce stretch marks to a great degree.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #2 – Carrier Oil + Essential Oil
Prepare a mixture by adding one ounce of carrier oil (try avocado, sweet almond or jojoba, they are the best) with seven drops of lavender and five drops of chamomile. Apply on the affected areas. This is one of the most important home remedies for stretch marks.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #3 – Oil Massage
Massage using calendula oil on the affected parts works a lot towards minimising stretch marks, because this oil is known for its medicinal property. Even lavender oil, which is known for its aromatic herbal quality, errand (castor oil), flaxseed oil and cod liver oil can be used to treat the problem.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #4 – Cocoa Butter + Elastin Cream
Apply cocoa butter and/or elastin cream all over the body. These are very good for stretch marks.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #5 – Almond Oil + Lavender Oil + Chamomile Oil
Another popular remedy in this category is the mixture of a little badaam (almond) oil, lavender oil and half a teaspoon chamomile oil. It is said to be the most effective treatment.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #6 – Wheat Germ Oil + Calendula Oil
An herbal solution can also be made by mixing one tablespoon wheat germ oil and one tablespoon calendula oil. Regular application of this mixture on abdomen, hips, and breast regions works great, particularly on stretch marks caused due to pregnancy or weight gain.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #7 – Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice- Lemon juice is naturally acidic and has bleaching properties too, thus, making this one of the most effective home remedies to heal and reduce stretch marks.
Take some fresh lemon juice and rub it on your stretch marks in circular motions. Wait for 10 minutes so that the juice will soak into your skin before you rinse it off. Repeat this routine a few times to see better results.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #8 – Aloe Vera + Vitamin E Oil
Aloe Vera – Stretch marks on the skin indicate that the skin has lost its natural elasticity. Since, aloe vera contains healing and soothing properties it heals small tears in the skin’s layer and thus helps regain lost elasticity, making it a good remedy for treating stretch marks.
You could also directly rub some fresh aloe vera gel to the affected area or you can combine this with vitamin E oil.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #9 – Egg White
Egg white – Egg whites contain amino acids and proteins that have been known to cure stretch marks. Whip together the whites of two eggs until they form soft peaks.
Then use a brush or sponge to apply the whipped egg white onto the stretch marks and allow it to dry completely. You can then rinse it off with cold water and apply some olive oil to moisturise that area.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #10 – Castor Oil
Castor oil – In many parts of India, mothers are given an oil massage after child birth. This is then followed by a hot water bath. This traditional custom has been used by many modern day facilities to help a woman get rid of stretch marks.
Castor oil has moisturising properties, which helps smoothen out the wrinkles. Therefore, an oil massage followed by a hot water bath can get rid of stretch marks.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #11 – Drink Enough Water
It is advised to maintain sufficient levels of water in body to avert any problems of dry skin. Good, hydrated skin results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity, which will further aid in diminishing the markings. It is advised to drink 1-2 glasses of water several times during day.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks Tip #12 – Vitamin-Rich Diet
The adequate and uninterrupted supply of nutrition to the body is of great eminence. It is recommended to include ample vitamins A, C and E in the diet chart.
These vitamins endow skin with optimum elasticity and at the same time provide nutrients for skincare. Fresh fruit, vegetables, almonds, fish and eggs are some example of vitamin-rich food items.
How to Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks?
Apart from the above remedies, exercise is one of the best recourses for reducing the appearance of stretch marks because the firming of the body tightens the skin and promotes better elasticity.
Because stretch marks usually develop in the areas like the thighs, abdomen, hips, and arms, here are some exercises to help you firm these areas:
- To firm your buttocks and hips, lie flat on your back and relax. Now lift one leg and create a 90-degree angle until you feel a certain pull on your buttocks. Repeat with the other leg, slowly adding to the pace and to the strain on the hips, thighs and buttocks.
- To firm your thighs, sit on a chair and put your hands down at your sides to hold onto the chair. Now swing your legs up and down.
- To firm your stomach, you can perform abdominal crunches. Lie flat on your back and bend your knees with feet flat on the floor and hands on the sides of your head. Now contract your abs and lift your upper body slightly off the floor.
- To firm your bottom, lie face-down on the floor with your arms on the side. Raise your right leg first then down, and then do the same with the other leg. You don’t have to raise your leg too high; three to six inches off the floor will suffice.
- The goal for all the exercises is to do twenty lifts for each exercise, three times a week.
If a home remedy is used properly, in addition to the intake of nutritious food on time and drinking of enough water every day, one can easily get rid of the stretch mark problem.
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