Stretch marks are long, narrow streaks, stripes or lines that develop on the skin and which differ in hue from the surrounding skin. They are the result of a sudden stretching of the skin and are extremely common. Anyone can develop stretch marks, although they tend to affect more women than men. Doctors often refer to stretch marks as stria, striae or – during pregnancy – striaegravidarum.
- Potato Juice
It should be emphasized that the tearing occurs in the middle layer of the tissue, beneath the exterior of the skin, therefore exfoliating scrubs and moisturizers do very little to cure what’s already been done.
- Egg Whites
For those looking for less drastic solutions, the use of egg whites as a natural remedy is an alternative. Egg whites contain amino acids and proteins that some find can heal the skin, restoring it to a smooth and youthful appearance.
- Lemon Juice
Lemons are the best home remedy for treating stretch marks. It is very effective for lightening the colour of the marks and speeds up the natural fading process, plus it doesn’t have any side effects. Lemon helps to exfoliate the skin to remove the dead skin cells.
For a DIY stretch mark fighting body scrub, simply mix one part olive oil with two parts sugar or salt (if you have sensitive skin, stick with sugar; it’s gentler on the skin and won’t cause irritation). For a little luxury, add couple of drops of essential oil to the mix.
- Olive Oil
You may ask why we particularly choose olive oil for erasing stretch marks. Well, this natural oil happens to be a rich source of vitamin E, which is extremely important for a healthy skin.Olive oil, with its rich content of vitamin E is perfect to apply on areas wherever the lines are prominent. You would get a better outcome if you start applying the oil from an early stage.
- Aloe Vera Gel
Because aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, it is possible that applying it could limit the inflammatory effects or growth of stretch marks. For the gel to work most effectively, you must apply it at least once a day to areas where you may have stretch marks. Gently massage the gel in, rubbing it on the surrounding areas of skin as well.