If you have stretch marks, I have good and bad news for you.
The good news is there’s a good chance you can improve them, and you may even be able to get rid of them altogether.
This article will show you how.
And the bad news is there’s a chance that you can’t noticeably change anything about your stretch marks.
I’m not going to promise you can erase them with “weird tricks” or try to sell you worthless ointments or supplements.
Scarring can be incredibly stubborn and many of us just have to learn to accept our imperfections and move on with our lives.
That said, we’re going to look at what stretch marks are, how they develop, and what has been scientifically proven to reduce and prevent them, and by the end of this article.
You will have a handful of actions you can take to help get rid of your stretch marks.
So let’s get started.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are linear, smooth scars or injuries on the skin caused by a wasting or degeneration of the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Depending on skin color, they can be red or purple and fade over time to a pale, silvery hue.
They most commonly appear in the abdomen, breasts, hips, flank, butt, and thighs, and usually after rapid stretching of the skin.
This is why many people develop stretch marks as a result of pregnancy, puberty, weightlifting, and rapid weight gain or loss.
Basically, anything that causes a sudden expansion or contraction of the skin can cause stretch marks.
And here’s why…
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Your skin has three main layers:
- The epidermis. This is the outer layer.
- The dermis. This is the middle layer.
- The hypodermis. This is the bottom (deepest) layer.
Here’s how they look:
The dermis contains strong connecting fibers that can stretch to adjust for normal levels of growth and shrinkage.
A sudden and rapid enlargement or shrinking, however, causes the dermis to tear and deeper layers of skin to show through.
Hence, stretch marks.
These lesions eventually fade to a silvery white as the blood vessels contract and the fat underneath the skin becomes visible.
There are non-mechanical factors to take into account as well.
Research shows that high levels of cortisol, the body’s “stress hormone,” weakens fibers in the skin and increases the likelihood of stretch marks developing.
Studies also show that there are genetic predispositions in play.
Some people’s skin contains less DNA, protein, and elastin than others’, and this is associated with higher incidence of stretch marks.
Home Remedies for Stretch Marks
It is natural that every woman will develop stretch marks at some point of time in her life. Although they are natural, but have truly ugly looks.
No woman would like to have stretch marks on her skin.
Wondering what to do when you see them on your skin, and more importantly how to get rid of stretch marks?
While surgical treatments are an option, there are other natural ways to get rid of them.
Yes, there are natural and herbal remedies to get rid of stretch marks at home!
Here are some quick home remedies for stretch marks, which will undoubtedly reduce or remove the scars from the affected area.
Sugar is used as a natural exfoliant for skin. It is one of the best home remedies to get rid of stretch marks.
Take a tablespoon of sugar.
Add some drops of almond oil and lemon juice in it. Stir it well and apply directly on the stretch marks.
Rub it for 8-10 minutes and then, take a shower.
Continue to use it for one month or so, until the stretch marks gets fade out.
2. Potato Juice
Potato juice is rich in minerals and vitamins. It promotes restoration and growth of skin cells. Cut thick slices of a medium-sized potato.
Take one of the potato slices and rub gently on the stretch marks for a few minutes. When the juice gets dried, wash the affected area with lukewarm water.
Water is known for carrying oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body.
To prevent skin from various problems, drinking water helps a lot.
To get rid of stretch marks, a well-hydrated skin is required in order to allow regular detoxification of skin pores.
It is the quickest remedy to heal stretch marks.
Drink 10 glasses of water daily to make skin soft and maintain a hydrated body.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is considered to be the most effective homeopathic remedy for stretch marks and various other skin problems.
It is known for its healing and soothing properties.
Apply aloe vera directly on the stretch marks. After a few minutes, clean it with lukewarm water.
Alternatively, take a one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel.
Extract oil from 5 vitamin A capsules and 10 vitamin E capsules. Mix both the oils with aloe vera.
Rub this mixture carefully on the affected area until it gets fully absorbed. For better results, apply this mix daily.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, which are effective for skin disorders. For healing stretch marks, warm the olive oil slightly.
Rub it gently on the affected area. With this, the blood circulation will improve and stretch marks will get reduced.
6. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is other easy treatment for stretch marks.
The acid present in lemon juice helps in reducing stretch marks, acne, skin injuries, and scars.
Take out juice from some lemons.
Massage it gently for 10 minutes in a circular motion on the stretch marks. Clean the affected area with warm water.
You can also mix some lemon juice with cucumber juice. Apply this mix directly on the affected area.
7. Castor Oil
Castor oil is considered to be a healing treatment for skin problems, like moles, dark spots, wrinkles, pimples, and fine lines.
How is it used to heal stretch marks?
Well, you can apply castor oil directly on the stretch marks.
Massage it in a circular motion for 15 minutes.
After massaging, wrap the affected area with thin and clean cotton cloth. Now, apply some heat with the help of heating pad or hot water bottle.
Continue the process for 30 minutes daily for one month to get best results.
8. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is famous for its anti-wrinkling and anti-aging properties. It helps in enhancing the blood circulation, which reduces stretch marks.
Massage the affected area with cocoa butter at least two times a day.
Repeat the process for two months and notice the reduced scars.
Else, mix half cup of cocoa butter with one tablespoon of wheat germ oil, one teaspoon of tea kernel oil, two teaspoons of grated beeswax, and vitamin E oil. Heat the mix until the beeswax melts.
Apply it on the stretch marks twice or thrice a day.
The mixture can be stored in a sealed box in the refrigerator.
9. Alfalfa Leaves
Alfalfa leaves consists of amino acids, which are effective for maintaining proper health of the skin.
It is rich in vitamin E, K, and proteins, which help in improving body tone. It has anti-fungal agents, which detoxifies the skin.
Take some alfalfa powder and mix it with a few drops of chamomile oil to form a paste.
Gently rub the paste on the affected area thrice a day.
10. Egg Whites
To get rid of stretch marks, egg whites are beneficial as they are rich in proteins and amino acid. Extract whites of two eggs.
Whip it with the help of a fork. After washing the affected area with clean water, apply a thick layer of egg whites with the help of a brush.
Let it dry completely and wash it off with cold water.
After this, apply some olive oil to moisturize the skin. For two weeks, continue the process daily for better results.
Take two-three apricots.
Cut them and remove their seeds. Grind them to form a paste. Apply the paste directly on the stretch marks.
Leave it for 20 minutes. Then, rinse it with lukewarm water. Follow the process for one month and see the promising results.
12. Lavender Oil, Almond Oil, And Chamomile Oil
Prepare a mixture of vitamin-rich oils by mixing two teaspoons of almond oil, half teaspoon of lavender oil and half teaspoon of chamomile oil.
Stir the mixture well and apply it on the stretch marks.
13. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil owns anti-viral, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective for all types of skin problems.
Take some tea tree oil and massage gently on the affected area.
14. Herbal Solution
Herbal solution is easy to prepare. It is actually a mixture of one tablespoon of wheat germ oil and one tablespoon of calendula oil.
Apply this herbal mix on hips, breast, and abdomen to remove stretch marks.
15. Glycerine and Lemon
Lemon is rich in citrus acid. Put 1-2 drops of glycerine in lemon. Rub the lemon on the affected area gently.
Repeat the process two times a day. It will not only reduce the stretch marks, but will also keep your skin moisturized.
16. Vitamin K
Vitamin K is helpful in preventing scars on dermis. This is present in green vegetables, like cabbage, spring onions, pickled cucumber, etc.
Make a salad of all these vegetables and consume it daily to get rid of stretch marks.
Top 10 Essential Oils That Will Eliminate Stretch Marks
1. Helychrysum Oil
Often known as the everlasting oil, helychrysum comes from the silver-green aromatic leaves of an evergreen plant.
It has a fruity aroma, which I feel is very similar to that of honey.
There are multiple therapeutic properties of this essential oil: It is diuretic, astringent, analgesic, antispasmodic and a potent anti-inflammatory.
When it comes to stretch marks removal, this essential oil helps to improve the blood circulation and recover the damaged skin.
2. Sage Oil
Sage oil comes from an evergreen perennial plant. It is drawn out from the dried leaves of this plant by means of steam purification.
For pregnant women, Sage is one of the most effective essential oils that I consider safe to use.
While most of the therapeutic effects of this essential oil are similar to that of helychrysum, it is additionally an antibacterial emmenogogue.
However, that is just a simple way of stating that the oil stimulates the blood flow.
Splash a few drops of this essential oil in a warm bath and massage your stretch marks away, post-pregnancy.
3. Rosehip Oil
Drawn out from the seed of a fruit that comes from a thorny rose, the essential oil of Rosehip is high in fatty acids.
It is additionally a great source of anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Rosehip includes a form of vitamin A that is almost similar to Retin-A – a vitamin used in almost every anti-aging product.
Rosehip is gentle on the skin, so feel free to lube up your body and massage away any visible stretch marks.
Sage regenerates the skin and safeguards it from future damage. However, it may intensify acne so use with care.
4. Lavender Oil
The calming aroma of lavender is used for putting children to sleep. This essential oil is also great for those with annoying stretch marks.
Just like other essential oils, lavender originates from an evergreen plant and is drawn out by the process of steam distillation.
When used on the skin, it rejuvenates and tones the skin, making it a common ingredient in creams and massage oils meant for stretch marks removal.
5. Neroli Oil
Neroli comes from orange blossoms and has a deliciously sweet fragrance. Even when diluted, it still smells excellent!
While being revitalizing and regenerative, neroli fixes sagging skin and checks the growth of stretch marks.
6. Patchouli Oil
Patchouli promotes fast recovery of the skin and prevents ugly scarring. It stimulates the tissue regeneration and promotes the development of skin cells.
In addition, Patchouli helps to moisturize the skin and is an outstanding treatment for the stretch marks.
7. Castor Oil
Castor oil is considered a very reliable remedy for treating a number of skin conditions like wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines and acnes.
According to Ayurveda and Homeopathy, Castor oil is the best natural remedy for stretch marks removal.
In order to use castor oil, just mix one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of almond oil in a clean bowl.
Massage this blend over the stretch marks and let the skin absorb it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Follow this regimen 2-3 times a day for a period of 2 weeks to get rid of the stretch marks.
8. Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is one of the best oils for stretch marks.
Because of its regenerative properties, and its ability to help the skin retain its balance of epithelium cells and nerve cells, it can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
In order to use grape seed oil for your stretch marks, apply it two times daily over areas that have or are vulnerable to develop stretch marks.
9. Pure Emu Oil
Emu oil can deliver excellent results when it comes to getting rid of scars and stretch marks.
The reason why Emu oil is best for healing stretch marks is that it has a high concentration of linolenic acid and oleic acid.
Moreover, Emu oil can easily penetrate the skin and replenish it with scar/stretch mark healing minerals.
10. Pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E
It is a common belief that Vitamin E and cocoa butter is the best cure for stretch marks.
However, no one will benefit from this combination unless cocoa butter and vitamin E essential oil are 100 percent pure.