Gentle home remedies for stretch marks often contain all-natural ingredients that won’t cause any severe side effects such as peeling skin or discoloration. Typically, over the counter and prescription stretch mark creams can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and redness, in people with sensitive skin. But by taking the natural approach, not only will you use treatments designed to safely reduce the appearance of stretch marks, you’ll be using ingredients that can also have a major positive impact on your skin health.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks can happen to anyone, although studies have shown us that genetics play a major role. Stretch marks occur as a result of a sudden change in body size due to rapid weight gain or weight loss. This major fluctuation in weight will cause tiny tears in the skin, resulting in stretch marks. This often happens when we go on a crash diet, or it can happen to the yo-yo dieter, but the most common cause of stretch marks is pregnancy. While most experts believe that there is no way to completely remove stretch marks, there are some home remedies you can try that can help to minimize their appearance over the course of several months.
Healthy Choices for Stretch Mark Treatment
We’ve included some of the leading ingredients many women have tried and used successfully to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. While these treatments will not work for everyone, all of them can work to significantly improve the texture and firmness of the skin, providing you with brighter, firmer, smoother skin.
Additionally, natural treatments are a better option for women with newer stretch marks. Stretch marks that are older than one year may not respond as well to these all-natural treatment methods.
Castor oil can be used to cure a number of skin problems such as sun spots, wrinkles, moles, fine lines and stretch marks. Castor oil can be a very effective treatment for stretch marks, fading them quickly. To use this treatment, apply a small amount of castor oil to the affected area, massaging for fifteen to twenty minutes. After massaging the skin, cover the area by wrapping it with a thin cotton cloth. Next, apply a hot water bottle or heating pad to the affected area for twenty minutes. You should see results within four to six weeks.
Egg whites contain a large amount of protein. The protein that’s found in egg whites is very effective in rejuvenating the skin. This means they can work to rebuild the skin, making it more elastic. To use this treatment apply the egg whites directly to the affected area, allowing them to dry. Leave the egg whites on for thirty to sixty minutes, or overnight. Rinse using warm soapy water. Use this treatment once daily.
Homemade Sugar Stretch Mark Cream
A mixture of sugar, almond oil, and lemon juice is gentle enough to be used twice daily for treatment of stretch marks. Apply the mixture to the affected area two to three times daily for six to eight weeks. White sugar can also work to exfoliate the skin while also helping to treat sun spots and blemishes.
Cocoa butter can moisturize the skin while also fading stretch marks. Use cocoa butter regularly two to three times daily and after each shower. Cocoa butter can also help to restore elasticity in the skin, which can also give your skin a more youthful appearance.
Lemon juice has been used for hundreds of years as a natural skin treatment. It’s not only used to treat stretch marks but it’s also effective on wrinkles, fine lines, skin discoloration and age spots. Apply lemon juice to the skin using a cotton ball and leave on for twenty minutes. Rinse it off using warm soapy water. Because lemon juice can cause the skin to dry out, apply a high-quality moisturizer after each use.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera contains soothing properties that work to heal and moisturize the skin. It can also reduce the redness in stretch marks, making them less visible. Apply aloe vera gel directly to the affected areas and leave on. Aloe vera is a common ingredient in most lotions and there’s no need to rinse it off. Apply two to three times a day, especially after showering.