Stretch marks are a skin condition characterized by the tearing of the skin’s middle layer with the deeper skin layers showing through the surface, forming silvery-white marks.
They are common among pregnant women, but pregnancy is not solely to blame. This is because stretch marks can affect both men and women, and can be caused by a number of other factors including:
- Rapid weight gain – Putting on a lot of weight over a short period of time may tear the skin, but the stretch marks may eventually fade after losing weight again.
- Puberty – Growth spurts associated with puberty may also result to stretch marks.
- Inappropriate use of corticosteroids – The cortisol is corticosteroids can decrease the skin’s collagen, the protein that gives our skin firmness and elasticity.
- Genetics – If you have a close relative with stretch marks, chances are, you will develop them yourself.
In some cases, stretch marks will fade away on their own, although incompletely, once the skin has recovered from the tear. The chances are high though that they will stubbornly stay. Help your skin heal fast with these proven-effective natural remedies:
Oil Massage the Affected Area
Massaging the affected area with natural oil (cod liver, olive, vitamin E, flaxseed or coconut oil) will smooth the stretch skin and ease the tightness.
One of the best ways to prevent stretch marks or at least reduce their appearance is exercise. This is because exercise will tone your body and increase your skin’s flexibility.
Drink Lots of Water
Sixty four percent of our skin is water. So, keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, and stay away from coffee and frizzy drinks.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel
This herb contains essential nutrients and active compounds that are helpful in the treatment of many skin problems, like sunburns, wrinkles, acne, cuts, and eczema. It is also highly effective against stretch marks. To use it for a torn skin, simply cut a leaf directly from the aloe plant and apply the gel on the affected area.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and unveils new skin.
There is no magic bullet in removing stretch marks, and there is no only ONE thing you can do to get rid of them. You will have to try several things together to create an environment in which they can heal. So forget those effective creams and lotions that promised a lot but failed to deliver positive results, and try the above natural remedies instead.