How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks: 6 Natural Home Remedies

Do you have stretch marks on your body?  There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, more than 80 % of people have stretch marks on some parts of their body. Stretch marks are not harmful at all but if you feel self- conscious about the lines and you are not able to wear your favorite dresses, don’t worry. In this article, we will provide you with some natural remedies that you can apply to minimize the appearance of your stretch marks and get back your confidence to rock the world. 

Let us first understand what stretch marks are, what causes stretch marks, where do they appear.

What are stretch marks

Stretch marks also known as striae are the thin white or red line on your skin that appears on your skin due to sudden growth or weight gain. Due to the sudden growth, your skin gets overstretched and result in stretch marks.

Stretch marks are normal in teenagers when they hit puberty, as the body rapidly grows and the skin is unable to cop-up with it.  Stretch marks are also common in pregnant women.

What causes stretch marks

Stretch marks appear when the body goes through sudden growth or weight gain that stretches the skin and tear the collagen from each other. As a result stretch marks appear.

Stretch marks occur:

  • During Pregnancy
  • During puberty
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Body Building
  • People suffering from adrenal  gland disorders

Where does it appear

The most common areas where stretch marks appear include:

  • Hips
  • Breast
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs

Now let’s look at the remedies to reduce stretch marks.

Natural remedies to reduce stretch marks

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps your skin to appear smoother, healthy and youthful. In fact, many anti-aging beauty products have Vitamin A in it.

How to use :

Use a topical extract of Vitamin A or you can take it orally. You can add vitamin A rich foods to your diet. Certain foods like carrot, egg, orange are enriched with Vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes are the ultimate source of beta-carotene which is later on converted into Vitamin A by the body.

Must read: 5 Sweet Potato Health Benefits

Aloe Vera

Everyone knows about the benefits of  Aloe vera. It is loaded with tons of nutrition like glycerin, sodium palmate, sodium carbonate, sorbitol, etc. Aloe vera nourish your skin and help your skin stay healthy.

How to use:

Take out the gel from fresh aloe vera leaf and add essential oils to it. You can use Vitamin A and Vitamin E capsules and mix it with the gel.

Massage the mixture on your stretch marks and let the skin fully absorb it. Wash with lukewarm water. Apply it once every day until your stretch marks start to fade away.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of Ricinus communis plant. Castor oil is enriched with monosaturated fat called ricinoleic acid. This healthy fat helps moisture stretch marks and reducing it over time.

How to use:

Warm the castor oil slightly and massage it on the affected area. Your skin will absorb it completely.

Vitamin E

We all know about the benefits of  Vitamin E on skin and hair. Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to remove scars and stretch marks. It nourishes your skin and keeps them healthy. It also protects your skin from UV radiation.

How to use:

Get Vitamin E capsules and cut open it to extract the oil. Massage it on the affected area for 15 mins. You can also orally take 1 Vitamin E capsule daily.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties which help to fade stretch marks and scars.

How to use:

Take 4-5 drops of tea tree oil and add a half tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil and massage on the stretch marks. Let your skin absorb it. Apply twice a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps to balance your skin pH levels. The pH level of apple cider vinegar is similar to that of protective acid mantle of your skin. It helps reduce the marks.

How to use:

Pour 1 cup of apple cider into a spray bottle and spray it over your stretch marks. You can apply it before going to bed. Wash it in the next morning and apply moisturizer on your skin.

Bottom Line

Above are the best natural remedies to reduce your stretch marks. Apply them daily and you will start noticing that your stretch marks are fading away. Along with these,  drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Note that you cannot get rid of your stretch marks totally. These remedies will help lightning your stretch marks and you can rock your favorite dress again.

Let’s end this article with a beautiful quote

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.

– Zoe Kravitz


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