There are three distinctive layers of the skin, namely the dermis (middle layer), epidermis (outer layer), and subcutaneous or hypodermic (innermost layer). Stretch marks occur on the dermis layer of the skin; it’s formed because the connective tissues get stretched beyond its capacity of being flexible when the skin contracts or expands rapidly.
When the skin gets stretched, the collagen get weak and normal cell regeneration is unable to occur thus resulting in fine scars; its looks pinkish initially but over the time gets whitish. If you gain weight suddenly and again lose weight after a period of time, stretch marks will appear – this is the reason why almost 90% pregnant women develop stretch marks. There are plenty of natural ways to reduce and fade out stretch marks; here are some of them that can be done easily at home –
This is a magical herb that offers solution to most of the skin problems. It has healing and soothing properties that acts on stretch marks and reduces them within few weeks. You can apply it in different ways – directly rub the aloe vera stalk on the affected skin and let the gel of the plant get absorbed in your skin. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. You can also mix one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel, oil and vitamin E capsules and apply this mixture onto the marks until it gets absorbed. Repeat this method every day.
This oil is trusted remedy for most of the dry skin disorders; it also treats stretch marks naturally and effectively. Wrinkles, dark spots, moles, pimples and fine lines are some other issues that castor oil can cure. Apply castor oil everyday on the stretch marks and gently massage until it gets absorbed. Then take a thin cotton cloth and cover the stretch mark area, put the heating pad above the cloth and leave for 30 minutes. This process has to be continued for at least one month to notice positive results.
This protein rick element has proved to be an excellent remedy for stretch marks. The amino acids and protein content in the egg whites reacts on the stretch marks when its applied on the area like a thick white paste; you can make it an uniform application by using a make-up brush. Let the layer dry completely and then you can rinse it with cold water. Apply olive oil after cleaning so that the area is moisturised.
To get rid of stretch marks, apply the natural white sugar and exfoliate your skin at its best. Take a tablespoon of raw sugar and add 5 drops of almond oil and lemon juice. Apply the thick paste on the affected area and keep it for a few minutes before you take bath. Try this out for a month and see the marks fade out!
The natural acidic property of lemon juice makes it a superb natural remedy for stretch marks. It can also fade out other skin scars occurred due to pimples and acne. Rub fresh lemon juice into the skin in circular motions and let it penetrate in the layers for at least 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water once dried. You can also make a mixture of lemon juice and cucumber juice to treat stretch marks.
The minerals and vitamins in potato juice aids in the regeneration of skin cells, thus it’s effective in reducing the stretch marks. Take few thick slices of potatoes and rub it gently on the stretch marks for a few minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water. Make sure that you cover all the stretch marks while rubbing.
There are many more natural ways to treat stretch marks; you can use alfalfa leaves as they have amino acids, protein, vitamin K and E that help in nourishing the skin. Making a paste of these leaves with chamomile oil and applying them on the marks give fruitful results. Cocoa butter also fades out these marks within few weeks.