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Top 10 Natural Remedies to Remove Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are visible lines on the skin surface, with an off-color hue. Stretch marks are mainly found in the abdominal wall, but can also occur over the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts. Sometimes stretch marks can cover large areas of the body. While pregnancy is the main cause behind stretch marks, other reasons can be sudden gain or loss in weight, rapid growth, heredity factors, stress and changes in physical conditions.

1. Use a good moisturiser:

Studies have shown that people who use a good moisturiser showed a lot of improvement in skin elasticity and appearance. If your skin is well hydrated then it is less prone to suffer from wear and tear.

You can use moisturizer according to your skin type. Women with dry skin should use a cocoa butter infused skin cream and those will oily skin can use an aloe and clay based skin moisturizer to keep those stretch marks during pregnancy away.

One can also prepare a DIY moisturiser by combining equal parts of wheat germ oil, olive oil and aloe vera. If you have oily skin, then you can add mineral clay to it. This is one of the best DIY moisturiser which is free of any chemicals.

2. Glycolic acid:

Glycolic acid is known to increase the collagen production in the skin. This helps to increase the elasticity of the skin thus removing the appearance of stretch marks after preganancy. Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which is one of the main constituents of chemical peels.
Glycolic acid capsules or tablets can be bought from medical stores – however one should consult your doctor before use.

3. Vitamin E oil:

Have you been wondering how to remove pregnancy stretch mark? Not to worry.This is regarded as one of the miracle cures to remove pregnancy stretch marks. You can combine the vitamin E oil in any of your favourite moisturiser, which acts as a carrier base. Apply regularly over the stretch marks for visible results.

4. Essential oil massage:

This is one of the best home remedy used since ages to remove after pregnancy stretch marks. Dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil and massage over the affected area. Some of the essential oils which can be used for this purpose are:


5. Castor oil treatment:

Castor oil is used in many parlours to remove stretch marks and they charge an exorbitant amount. You can indulge in castor massage at home by simply rubbing castor oil over the affected areas. Then wrap it with a plastic sheet and place a hot water bottle over it. The heat form the bottle allows the pores to open up and absorption of the oil takes place easily.

6. Vitamin C supplements:

Vitamin C helps in collagen production and removes the early stage stretch marks. You can combine vitamin C supplements with glycolic acid for best results. However it is always advisable to consult your doctor before undergoing this treatment.

7. Aloe vera gel:

This is also one of the best natural methods to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Squeeze out fresh aloe vera gel from the plant and apply it over the affected areas daily. It promotes healing and shows visible results in a few days. It will work over early stage stretch marks only.

8. Shea butter:

Shea butter is a rich source of vitamin E and carotene which improves the elasticity of the skin and prevents dryness. Apply Shea butter directly on the stretch marks regularly to reduce their appearance. You can also prepare a mixture of shea butter and lemon juice by mixing 4 teaspoons of Shea butter and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply over the affected areas and keep till it dries. Wash off with cool water and repeat the procedure regularly.

9. Water:

Adequate amount of water should be consumed which helps to increases the elasticity of the skin. You should drink at least 10-12 glasses of water daily to keep your skin and body hydrated.

10. Healthy lifestyle:

We all know the importance of healthy lifestyle. Include vitamin C, vitamin E and proteins in your regular diet to reduce stretch marks. These vitamins increase collagen production, improve elasticity and encourage tissue repair and growth.

Indulge in daily exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and aerobics. Exercises improve blood flow which reduces the stretch marks.