Stretch marks are lines or bands caused by stretching of the skin's connective tissue. In other words, stretch marks are indented streaks that usually appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs. Though they are not painful or harmful, they can affect a person's confidence and self-esteem.
They are particularly common in pregnant women, especially during the last trimester. Treatment can make stretch marks fade, but it will not completely go away.
Here are few home remedies to reduce stretch marks.
Massaging coconut oil on the skin regularly reduces stretch marks. Stretch marks are scarring from skin damage. Coconut oil has been studied for its healing properties. Furthermore, it has been found to lessen the skin healing time.
Aloe Vera is both a natural healing agent and a skin softener. In addition, it is a plant that aids regenerate skin tissue. Massage fresh gel from the leaf and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes to the stretch marks daily after shower. It will lessen the marks.
Cucumber and lemon juice
Lemon juice’s natural acidity helps heal and reduce scars and cucumber juice provides the cool soothing effect leaving your skin fresh.
Vitamin A is referred to as a retinoid. Retinoid make skin smooth and youthful. Topical extract of vitamin A may be useful to reduce stretch marks.
Castor oil also used in treatment of a number of skin problems such as wrinkles, age spots, moles, dark spots, fine lines and pimples, can be used to reduce stretch marks.
Natural white sugar is one of the best natural remedies to get rid of stretch marks. Rubbing a sugar scrub on the skin will exfoliate the area.
Mix a tablespoon of raw sugar with almond oil and few drops of lemon juice. After mixing the mixture well, gently apply it on the stretch marks every day before taking a shower. Doing this for a month will lighten the stretch marks.
Drinking plenty of water keeps skin soft and less likely to develop stretch marks. As caffeine increase the risk of stretch marks, make sure to balance fluids.
Stretch marks may also be the consequence of nutritional deficiency. Thus make sure to eat foods that promote skin health:
Zinc-rich foods such as, nuts or fish.
Foods rich in vitamin A, C, D, such as, carrots, citrus fruits and milk.
Protein rich foods.
Learn more about how to combat stretch marks during pregnancy at Mom Loves Best.