Women and men both suffer from stretch marks. Stretch marks are more commonly found in women, however, especially after major changes in their lives. Pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, and puberty are several major changes that cause women to have stretch marks. Stretch marks are also frequently found in body builders and weightlifters that undergo rapid weight loss. These ugly streaks can be found on the belly, hips, thighs, lower back, buttocks, upper arms, and breasts. There are several ways to get rid of these unwanted lines. There are many plastic and cosmetic surgeries available to diminish stretch marks, but they’re very expensive and can’t promise results. Fortunately, there are natural remedies that will help to get rid of stretch marks.
Natural Home Remedies for Stretch Marks
There are several different methods that can be used at home to get rid of stretch marks, and they are as follows:
- Skin Exfoliation – Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. Exfoliating the skin regularly can greatly reduce stretch marks and bring a refreshing glow to the skin. Exfoliation creams can be used in the bath; otherwise a loofah can also be used to exfoliate the skin daily.
- Honey – Honey has been known to carry many therapeutic properties, which includes reducing stretch marks. To gain the benefits of honey, take a damp cloth and apply it to the area with the stretch mark. Apply the honey to the cloth and spread it on evenly. After it begins to dry, clean it off with a warm cloth. You can also mix together equal amounts of honey and glycerin, and half the amount of salt to create a scrub. Scrub the mixture on the stretch marks and then wash it off with lukewarm water after about five minutes.
- Massages and Hot Baths – Naturally reduce stretch marks by taking hot baths and massaging those areas often. The increased blood circulation will cause the skin to heal faster, thereby diminishing the stretch marks. Massaging and moisturizing the skin with olive oil or cod liver oil will help as well.
- Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe vera gel can be scooped out of the Aloe plant or bought over-the-counter in a drugstore. This plant contains minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and a special plant collagen. This collagen can penetrate deep layers of the skin, and provide nourishment and damage repair to the tissue. Women who are pregnant should apply the gel regularly throughout the entirety of their pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks.
- Vitamin E Gel – Take the gel inside of a vitamin E capsule and massage it onto the stretch mark daily. This will result in a reduction of the stretch mark. It takes about 2 weeks of daily application to see results. Vitamin E gel will help to repair the damaged skin cells by encouraging the healing process.
- Ascorbic Acid and Glycolic Acid Mixture – Collagen production can be increased with glycolic acid. Combine Vitamin C supplements (500 mg) with the glycolic acid thrice daily, and there will be a considerable reduction of the appearance of the stretch marks.
- Cocoa Butter – The fat extracted from cocoa beans can great benefit the skin. Cocoa butter contains power anti-oxidants that the skin’s damaged collagen fibers and elastin. Upon application, the cocoa butter will seep into the deep layers of the flesh and begin to repair the damage. For effective results, apply the cocoa butter to the skin every other day.