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7 Natural Home Remedies For Treating Stretch Marks

7 Natural Home Remedies For Treating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can happen due to a variety of reasons. Instead of spending money on expensive creams, you can use some easily available home products to get great results.

Have you ever looked at your skin and felt unhappy about those bands of lines on your skin? While it is completely normal to have stretch marks irrespective of your age or gender, it is also natural to wonder if there's a way to get rid of them. Many associate them with pregnant women or obesity, but the truth is stretch marks often appear whenever there's a rapid change in weight. There are also a host of other factors like growth spurt in adolescence and even genetic factors that can determine the appearance of these marks on your body.

Stretch marks might appear in a different texture and also colors, which range from purple and bright pink to light gray, according to Healthline.  You can also feel a slight ridge or indentation on your skin. Sometimes your stretch markers can feel itchy and sore too.

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 Stretch marks usually occur due to skin stretching and increase of cortisone in the system.  Cortisone produced by the adrenal glands can make the skin lose its elasticity.  Though it is found in women and men, it is quite common in women. Women usually see stretch marks in their body during the time of pregnancy. Stretch marks in men are usually as a result of weight training, growth spurt in puberty or adrenal diseases. It can also occur due to sudden weight loss or gain. 

Here are a few ways to rid of stretch marks:

1. Lemon juice 

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Lemon juice is known for its acidic properties. These properties can be used to heal stretch marks, acne, pimples, and other skin ailments. The acidic properties lighten the skin and also makes the marks less visible. Applying lemon juice on the affected area in a circular motion will get you magical results. 

How to use? 

Squeeze the juice out of the lemon and apply it on the affected area. Massage it on to the skin in a circular motion for 3 minutes. Allow the juice to get absorbed to the skin for 10-20 minutes. Then wash the juice off with warm water. If you feel any discomfort on your skin, make sure you dilute the juice with a little water.

2. Potato juice 

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Potatoes are a natural brightening agent. It fades out the marks on your skin due to the presence of starch. Starch in potatoes has emollient properties that can soothe the skin and regenerate skin cells. 

How to use? 

Slice a raw potato into small pieces and gently rub it on your stretch marks. Allow the juice to dry on your skin for about 15 minutes. Rinse the part with lukewarm water. Pat the area dry and apply some moisturizer. You can either repeat the technique twice a day or choose to leave the potato on the skin overnight.

3. Egg whites 

Egg whites contain amino acids that can repair and transform your damaged skin. It can leave your skin smooth and glowing.

How to use? 

Separate the egg whites from the yolk and give it a quick whip with a fork. Apply a thick layer of this on the stretch marks. Allow the egg white to dry on the skin. Wash the area with cold water and repeat it 3 times a day. You will see great results in a month's time.

4. Onion 

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Onions are a great source of strong antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory agents such as flavonoid and quercetin are known for their skin repair abilities. 

How to use?

You can use the onion two times a day to get good results. During the day, cut the onion into round strips and rub them on your skin for 1 minute. After usage, store the onion slices in the fridge. At night, take the onions out of the refrigerator and blend it into a thick mash. Strain the mash and soak a cloth into it. Use the cloth to wrap the area with stretch marks overnight.  Repeat this every day. 

5. Olive oil 

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It is one of the most easily available household items with huge benefits. Olive oil is a great skin-nourishing agent due to the presence of healthy fats and vitamin E. It plays a great role in healing your skin cells.

How to use? 

Warm 3-4 ounces of olive oil in a pan. Transfer it into a small bowl and apply it on the stretch marks. Massage in a circular motion for 5 minutes. Repeat this daily till you see changes.

6. Coconut oil 

The exotic nut is known to increase blood flow and produce collagen fibers important for treating stretch marks. The oil also helps in retaining elasticity and suppleness. The anti-inflammatory properties of the oil reduce the healing time of existing stretch marks.

How to use? 

Cut the coconut into two halves and extract fresh flesh. Cut it into small pieces and blend it with hot water. Pour the liquid into a jar through a strainer. Leave the jar overnight. In the morning, you will observe a white curd that is obtained after the separation of coconut milk and oil. Place the curd in the pan and cook it for 1 hour in medium flame. Allow the liquid to cool for 15 minutes and pour it over a filter to extract the oil.  Apply this oil twice a day on your stretch marks until you see results.

7. Aloe Vera 

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Applying aloe vera to your skin can make it moist. This is very important for the skin to heal faster and effectively. 

How to use? 

Plug an aloe vera leaf, cut the thorns off and peel the skin off. Slice the flesh into small pieces and grind it in the blender. Apply this gel onto your skin. Gently massage for 2 minutes twice a day. Once the gel is dried on the skin, wash it off in lukewarm water.

References:

https://perfectbodymate.com/stretch-mark-removal/
https://www.healthline.com/health/stretch-marks#causes
https://www.healthline.com/health/stretch-marks-men#why-do-stretch-marks-occur
https://www.beautyvigour.com/how-to-use-lemon-juice-for-stretch-marks/
https://www.beauty-area.org/get-rid-of-stretch-marks-with-onions/
https://www.healthline.com/health/coconut-oil-for-stretch-marks#benefits-and-uses

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.