Stretch marks are dark strokes that usually appear on the lower abdomen, hips, breasts, or on other places of the body where slight sagging is left behind each stroke.
Stretch marks aren’t painful, but they can alter the skins’ looks which could become bothersome.
Our body is our key responsibility to take good care of; some who are over conscious about their outline get dominated by body shaming. But it is also crucial to keep in mind that the decision to alter your bodyline or not remains within your hands only; you shall not let another person call the tune. Therefore, if you are willing to take the lead as you find those stretch marks uncomfortable, you may find this article helpful; here are a few home remedies for the same.
Who gets stretch marks?
There are various misconceptions related to who gets stretch marks. But, the truth is genetics are the mightiest predictor of stretch marks.
- Being pregnant, especially if at a very young age.
- Rapid growth in adolescence.
- Rapidly gaining or losing weight.
Symptoms and risk factors of stretch strokes
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Stretch marks don’t require treatment; they often fade over time, with or without treatment. They may never disappear completely, though.”
Some of the common symptoms are as follows: indented streaks or strokes on the hips, pink, red, black, purple colored streaks, bright streaks that fade to a lighter tone, streaks occupying larger areas of the body.
Home-remedies to cure stretch marks:
Argan oil containing vitamin E is known for improving the elasticity of the skin and lightening stretch marks; the presence of antioxidants does the magic by reducing inflammation in the skin and promoting cell growth as well.
Potatoes are known as a bleaching agent for their healing power over dark scars. Ultimately making them a great source to blemish those stretch marks.
How to use Potato juice for stretch marks? Grate a potato finely, then squeeze out the magical liquid, which could be combined with its pulp and applied over the stretch strokes for the healing to begin!
Aloe vera gel
Applying a thin layer of the aloe vera gel after shower to your stretch marks works superbly as aloe vera is known for its healing and softening properties. It is an ideal home remedy to try for stretch marks.
Black tea is a powerful agent to cure skin pigmentation, as they contain vitamin B12. As per Femina, here’s the right procedure of preparing the same: boil a few teaspoons of tea and add some salt to it, apply the same after cooling down on a regular basis.
Including avocado in your diet will help get rid of the stretch marks. Since avocados contact vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that deeply nourishes the skin, regular consumption of the same can bring a difference to your health and body.
Drinking water is a famous home remedy to heal all your skin problems. Did you know that drinking 5-8 glasses of water a day could improve the elasticity of the skin and dodge any stretch marks in the future?
Egg whites are not new in the basket of home remedies for healthy skin. When egg whites are applied to the stretch marks, they not only lighten the marks but also improve the skin tightening.
We are all familiar with sugar scrubs and their exfoliation property to remove dead cells; applying them on stretch strokes can be as effective as performing naturopathic microdermabrasion by naturopathic microdermabrasion by a dermatologist as per Healthline. Here’s a guide to prepare the same:
- Mix one cup of sugar with an oil of your choice, preferably coconut oil,
- Then add some lemon juice and combine them well.
- Once combined, apply the mixture on the stretch strokes and slowly scrub the affected area.
- Repeat the process around 2-3 times a week for better results.
Virgin coconut oil is a great healing agent for scars. This very iconic property of theirs has become the reason behind their usage to remove the dark appearances of stretch marks.
Testimonial of a teenager
The time when I started getting bothered by these dark lines was during puberty when I started getting taller and wider. Gradually I became a victim of body shaming and needed counseling sessions with a therapist who also happened to be my mom’s friend. After those sessions, I learned to love my true self, embracing imperfections. But if there is an actual home remedy to fade these strokes, I decided to try them out. And it was my sole decision, which I expected others to respect rather than accuse me of being modest.
The power of home remedies to treat stretch marks is limited. However, the aftereffect of following a healthy diet is not limited. Include more fruits and veggies in your diet, and drink plenty of water; they are the real magical agents of healthy skin.