Stretch marks are ugly scars on the skin. Good thing that they are many ways to get rid of them. If you are in your teens, there is even more good news. These marks develop on your skin due to your rapid growth as part of adolescence; however they will slowly go away as you maintain a normal weight. For adults, stretch marks can fade with the help of natural remedies, as well as creams and other products, that contain ingredients that are known to be great healers of the skin.
Here are some powerful treatments to help you get rid of the unsightly stretch marks:
This Vitamin-A derivative effectively removes scars and marks on your skin. It increases the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. A nightly application of retinoid-based cream will fade the stretch marks. However, pregnant or nursing women are greatly discouraged to use this product.
2. Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is a popular chemical peel which will lighten the appearance of the stretch marks. It is often combined with retinoid for faster results. Apply cream containing glycolic acid to the stretch marks before bedtime daily.
3. Castor Oil
Castor oil is widely used as a treatment of several skin problems including wrinkles, age spots, fine lines and pimples. They are also known to treat stretch marks. Applying it on your stretch marks for 5-10 minutes daily will help the marks fade.
4. Egg Whites
Egg whites, which contain amino acid and protein that promotes healthy skin, also helps to fade stretch marks. Apply the egg whites on the affected area at least once a day.
5. Aloe Vera
Throughout history, aloe vera has been used around the globe as a treatment to a host of skin problems. It is packed with healing and soothing properties that will help fade your stretch marks. Apply the gel directly to the area and leave it for about 15 minutes, then rinse. You may combine it with vitamin E oil and vitamin A oil for a more potent treatment.
Alfalfa is rich in essential amino acids which are essential for healthy skin. It is also has skin-nourishing ingredients such as vitamins E and K. Form an alfalfa paste by mixing alfalfa powder with a few drops of chamomile oil. Apply the paste on your stretch marks two to three times a day.
7. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a popular and very effective treatment to any skin problem including stretch marks. It is packed with antioxidants and nutrients that heal the skin. Massaging the extra virgin oil on the affected area will not only help fade the marks but will also have a soothing effect and improve blood circulation. To create a potent skin cream, mix olive oil with vinegar and water and apply it on your stretch marks. This will help exfoliate the skin and with continued application, you will notice a lightening of the stretch marks.
8. Lemon Juice
Lemon’s natural acidic quality helps reduce stretch marks and other scars in the body. Lemon juice must be fresh for it to work effectively. Rub it directly on the stretch marks, letting the skin absorb the juice for at least 10 minutes. You may rinse it or just leave it there.
These eight remedies will help fade your stretch marks to a point that they will be hardly noticeable, unless you will have to take a closer look on the skin. In cases when you want the stretch marks to be completely removed, you may talk to your dermatologist for other methods such as laser treatment.