Stretch Marks are one of the most annoying skin problem that a person faces and can make you uncomfortable about your appearance. The common areas where stretch marks appear are lower abdomen, lower back, thigh area, knees, biceps, hips, breast especially in ladies. And the most common causes of stretch marks are hormonal changes, puberty, rapid body growth, gaining or losing weight very quickly, pregnancy, performing rigorous and excessive physical activities like weight lifting, body-building. The problem of stretch marks can be to anyone; boys, men, women and girls.
Most problem of stretch marks can be seen in pregnant women and in some cases the marks remain even after delivery. Lets have a more detailed look on why these stretch marks appear and what you can do to remove these ugly scars from your body.
Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks in the beginning appear to be reddish or purple coloured lines, but as the time passes it gradually becomes lighter. The area affected by stretch marks appear empty and are soft if one touches it. Stretch marks occur in the dermis layer or the middle layer (between the epidermis and subcutaneous tissues) of our skin that gives shape to our skin.
During the process of stretch marks the increased number of hormones block the production of collagen and also elastin fibre and thus blocking the stretching activity and resulting in tearing of dermis layer and and flattening of epidermis layer and causing red lines on the skin. Collagen fibres are unable to line up when the tears heal and as a result we see some uneven white lines on your skin.
Home Remedies to Cure Stretch Marks
Lets face one fact, no home remedy will help you if you do not perform it on a regular basis and follow it like a religion till the time you see the benefits of it. For treatment of stretch marks there are many cosmetic alternatives that are available in the market, but one needs to shell out a huge amount of money to remove it cosmetically.
Some really effective home remedies are there that one can utilize to fade away stretch marks and see some really good effects. Lets have a look at these home remedies and ayurvedic treatment that will work really well on stretch marks.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is a magic herb (as I like to call it). The Aloe Vera Gel can be really helpful in fading away the scars of stretch marks with its healing and and soothing properties. What one can do is
1/2 Cup Aloe Vera gel
1/2 Cup Olive oil as your base
10 Vitamin E capsules (Oil)
5 Vitamin A capsules (Oil)
Mix all the ingredients properly and apply it to your skin till it is absorbed. You can store the remaining mixture in refrigerator.
Another way is to directly apply and rub Aloe Vera on to the stretch marks and let it dry, and then wash it with lukewarm water and see the effect it leaves in stretch marks after a month of use.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is can be applied to the affected skin with stretch marks and even consumed in the form of pills for better results. Rubbing Vitamin E oil on stretch marks along with your normal moisturiser will give good results and help in removing stretch marks.
Yes SUGAR it is…!!! A sweet way to get rid of stretch marks 🙂 Sugar is a very good exfoliator for skin. One can
1 Tbs Sugar
Few drops of Almond Oil
Few drops of Lemon Juice
Mix all the ingredients together and apply it to stretch marks for 10 mins before bathing. One has to perform this activity for atleast 1 month to see the visible effect on stretch marks.
Mixing cucumber juice and lemon juice in equal quantities and applying it to stretch marks and rubbing it gently into skin and then washing it away with little warm water will give good results to your skin and will result in fading away stretch marks. Cucumber with is soothing properties will increase the elasticity of the skin and removing stretch marks.
Rubbing lemon directly to the stretch marks in a circular motion and allowing it to absorb in skin will give good results in treating stretch marks. Rub lemon for atleast 10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water and see the effect on stretch marks.
One can apply cocoa butter over affected area of stretch marks at least twice a day. The results will start coming in 1-2 months od regular use.
Castor Oil when applied to stretch marks for atleast 20 mins daily and then giving it some warmth with the help of hot pack (remember to cover the area with cloth) for half an hour will give good results in fading away the marks.
You can whisk Egg Whites gently and apply a thick layer of it over the affected area of stretch marks and let it dry, later it needs to be washed away with cold water and some Olive Oil needs to be applied to the skin to see the visible results in 2 weeks 🙂 Remember only Egg Whites need to be used in this process as it has amino acids and proteins that will help your skin.
I Hope the above mentioned some of the remedies will help in getting rid of stretch marks. Try these measures and share your experience with us.
Note: The above mentioned treatment and remedies are only for information purpose. Do consult a qualified medical practitioner before taking any of the treatment mentioned above.
Wishing you a speedy recovery…!!! Team Health Veda 🙂