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How to remove stretch marks: 8 natural remedies to lighten stretch marks

Most of us have had stretch marks sometime in our lives. It is not a sign of anything wrong with our health but makes the skin look ugly and can generate confidence issues. Both men and women can get stretch marks and puberty and pregnancy are two stages in life when these marks start reflecting. In some cases, stretch marks disappear with time or become extremely light, but, in other cases, these marks remain evident. There are home remedies that can lighten your stretch marks but before going into how to treat these, let’s understand the science behind it.

What causes stretch marks?

As we know, our skin is elastic. When our skin shrinks or stretches rapidly, it severely affects the production of two proteins:  This sometimes causes stretch marks to appear. 

They appear as discoloured lines on any part of our skin. These lines can be purple or reddish too. These marks can be itchy and have a different colour from the surrounding skin. With time, stretch marks disappear or become lighter. Puberty, pregnancy, sudden gain or loss of weight or increase of muscle mass due to weight training are some of the primary causes for the appearance of stretch marks.

Stretch marks can also be caused by using creams or ointments that contain steroids for an extended period. Stretch marks can usually be seen around thighs, breasts, buttocks, and hips. 

Home remedies for stretch marks

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera softens the skin and acts as a natural healing agent.

To try this treatment, take a fresh aloe vera leaf and massage the gel on the skin and let it stay for 20-40 minutes. After this wash your skin with tepid water. 

Note that there is, however, littleto back this treatment of lightening stretch marks.

2. Almond and coconut oil

Both these oils can reduce the appearance of  Massage your skin regularly with equal quantities of almond and coconut oil. The best advantage of this treatment is that it has no side-effects.

3. Egg white

Egg white is very good for skin as it is rich in It will not only lighten the stretch marks but will also cause skin tightening. 

4. Olive oil

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that are essential for repairing skin damage. Applying cold-pressed olive oil will make stretch marks go away with time. 

5. Sugar

Sugar has been used to perform microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a clinically proven method to make the stretch mark fade away.

To try sugar remedy at home, mix one cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of almond or coconut oil. Add some lemon juice in the mixture. This mixture should be applied in the area where you are experiencing stretch marks. Continue this process for several times a week while taking a shower and remember to scrub for 8-10 minutes. 

6. Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter can reduce stretch marks significantly and can be especially be used for marks caused by pregnancy. Apply cocoa butter on the affected part of the skin and massage it well. 

7. Apricots

Apricots can be very effective to heal stretch marks. Take two-three apricots, remove the seeds. Convert the remaining fruit into a paste by crushing. Apply this paste on the affected portion of the skin where there are stretch marks and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash off the affected area with warm water and repeat the process every day until a month for better results.   

Other than this treatment, pure apricot oil can also be used. Make a mixture of apricot oil and lemon juice and massage it on the stretch marks. 

8. Cucumber and lemon juice

Lemon juice is acidic in nature which makes it great to heal scars. Cucumber cools down the skin and keeps it fresh. To try this remedy, mix cucumber and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply the mixture on the affected part until it does not fully get soaked into the skin. Let the mixture stay for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. 

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