The stretch marks (also known as striae) can be described as one of the skin problems where they are seen as visible lines. They occur if there are sudden changes in the size of the body. They are usually seen on thighs, upper arm, buttocks, belly, breast and abdominal areas. In this article on home remedies for stretch marks information have been given on the causes and natural ingredients which you can make use of to make the signs less visible.
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If the connective tissues are stretched above the flexibility and the reason – expansion or contraction of skin, the result – collagen (main component of tissues) gets weakened. The final result will be the fine scars on the dermis (or middle layer) in the skin. Stretch marks are usually pink in color (they can also be red or purple). In course of time, they may change to gray or thin silvery white color.
The persons mainly affected are pregnant women, who face gain or loss in body weight. The loss or gain could also be attributed to stress, rapid growth due to hormonal changes and heredity. For some individuals, the stretch marks are a source of embarrassment if they are not totally removed, but following the remedies in this article, they can make the marks less visible.
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Lightening of stretch marks will depend on the body, consistency of treatment etc. However, the treatment of home remedies for stretch marks has to be followed by a nutritious diet. Drinking much water brings elasticity in the skin.
The Nutritious diet has to include foods rich in protein such as egg white, fish, almonds, peanuts & yogurt. These foods can play a major part in rejuvenating the skin.
Select foods rich in Vitamin C and E as they are vital in assisting the growth of new skin tissues (dark leafy greens, lemon, strawberry – Vitamin C; and nuts, olive oil – Vitamin E). Vitamin K is also essential as it assists in modification of proteins and restricts scarring of dermis (Example – spring onions, pickled cucumber).
Refrain from taking saturated fat food as they can increase the weight and lead to stretch marks.
Can see an expression of frown in some and surprise in others for suggesting exercise for lightening of stretch marks?. Exercising a specific body part promotes more circulation of blood and oxygen in the particular area. Kindly remember that if you have stretch marks on the belly, exercise the tummy more, using crunches. In case of stretch marks on the chest, push-ups and pull-ups will be effective. For marks on the thigh, cycling and sit-up exercises can be beneficial.
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1. Aloe Vera
Among the various benefits of aloe vera, joins the remedy for stretch marks.
Take an aloe vera leaf and separate the gel.
Directly apply the gel on the stretch marks.
Continue the process for five minutes till the gel is completely absorbed.
Give a gap of five minutes and then wash the areas with warm water.
You can continue the process till the marks are less visible.
How Does It Work?
It has Vitamins such as A, B12, B1, B2 which are effective against stretch marks. The aloe vera juice penetrates into the epidermis and repairs the damaged fibers of collagen. The antioxidants in aloe vera assists in repairing the damaged cells, assists in supplying the oxygen to skin cells, and promotes the growth of new cells. The major health properties in aloe vera regarding stretch marks and growth of new cells are due to two hormones named as Auxins and Gibberellins.
Aloe vera has plant collagen that enhances the elasticity of the skin. So, application of aloe vera can also be done for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Also, kindly remember, start using this method before the stretch marks turn red. The lightening of color of skin will be faster.
Not Good, If:
You have a sensitive skin. You can suffer from stinging sensation, redness and burning. Kindly apply the juice to a small area for testing an allergic reaction.
Termed and hailed as one of the easy available natural products for cosmetic, culinary and medicinal problems, it can be also used effectively against stretch marks.
Take a lemon and cut it into half. Have one cup of warm water.
Squeeze the juice out of lemon and make a mixture with water by stirring the liquid continuously for three minutes.
Continue the process every day for two weeks till the marks are lightened.
How Does It Work?
The best part of lemon is that it successfully exfoliates the dead cells of the skin and promotes non-visibility of stretch marks.
The citric acid/ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) lightens the marks on the skin. Vitamin C also promotes the creation of collagen in the body thus lightening the dark spots or stretch marks on the skin. Also, the alpha-hydroxyl acids stimulate the production of collagen and promote the growth of new blood vessels.
Not Good, If:
- You have a sensitive skin. Ensure that you check the sensitivity and add the required amount of water.
White sugar has been used an exfoliant for various reasons such as cleaning the face. In case of sugar scrub, the components are fatty acids that can aid in the lightening of stretch marks. A gentle massage can enhance the flow of blood to the skin and can promote moisture in the area.
Take a tbsp of white raw sugar and add a few drops of honey.
Add the mixture thoroughly.
The mixture is ready and a gentle massage regularly for a month will make the marks lighter and the skin brighter.
How Does It Work?
One of the major components of sugar is glycolic acid (alpha hydroxic acid). Some of its many medicinal properties are stimulating the skin and assisting in generating young and fresh looking skin. The alpha hydroxyl acids can also be used to treat dry skin. Honey is an humectant, so it retains moisture in the surrounding areas speeding up the healing process.
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For prevention of stretches, you can use gelatin to reduce the formation of stretch marks. Collagen is the mineral essential for maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Bone broth is high in collagen.
A well-hydrated body is essential during pregnancy. Since you have to increase the blood volume, the skin needs to be hydrated for elasticity. You have to ensure that you do not suffer from these symptoms such as dehydration, headaches etc.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be used as a lotion to keep the belly skin moist. Massaging the oil makes the skin elastic and there can be a reduction in stretch marks.
3. Vitamin C
Include fruits high in Vitamin C as part of the diet. This chemical component is required to prepare collagen. Foods high in Vitamin C include kale, turnips, broccoli, green bell peppers and guava.
4. Oil Treatments
You can select any of these oils such as coconut oil or olive oil or cod liver oil. Kindly select the oil containing Vitamin E that can improve the elasticity of the skin preventing the marks of stretches.
IF you have less number of zinc in the body, you can suffer from stretch marks. The natural trace mineral it is, usage is in the form of production in collagen and contains antioxidant properties.
Zinc rich foods are lamb, eggs, nuts, chicken and whole grains.
Performing the perfect set of exercises can retain the elasticity of skin. Also, you can ward off the extra pounds. Some of the exercises are kegel exercises, simple movements and stretches.
Try low impact exercises and yoga. Pilates and yoga help you get rid of uncomfortable positions during pregnancy.
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It is not that stretch marks can occur only with pregnancy. If you have been obese, and you have undergone treatment to remove fat, then also you can get stretch marks. Similar to some conditions, they have to be treated properly. The doctor who specializes in this kind of treatment is known as a dermatologist. Stretch marks occur due to the tearing of the dermis (the middle layer of the skin). In these cases, treatment will be a challenge.
One method to get rid of stretch marks is through abdominoplasty.
There are however, new treatments in which your body can be made to have more elasticity. Good luck with your dermatologist!
Natural Remedy Vs Pharmacy
In case of new (fresh) stretch marks, Retin-A (Tretinoin) is prescribed. The other medications are the Revitol Stretch Mark Prevention Cream for newly formed marks. You can also choose laser treatment or microdermabrasion to get rid of stretch marks on the skin.