Stretch marks are lines on the skin surface that have an off-color hue. Stretch marks appear as pink, red or purple marks and then fade to a silvery white and gray color. The areas of the body that are the most affected by stretch marks are the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and underarms. The stretch marks appear due to the sudden stretching of the skin that makes the upper layer of the skin break and allow the inner layers to be seen.
Of course nobody wants these marks on their skin, so various ways of getting rid of them are tried. We have gathered here some easy natural remedies against stretch marks that you can try at home.
One way of removing stretch marks is by use of essential oils. These have been used since ancient times for treating various diseases and conditions and they also can work wonders against stretch marks. The following essential oils have the necessary properties to assist in removing stretch marks: lavender, neroli, patchouli, mandarin, rose geranium, vetiver, jasmine and helichrysum. They all have effects that can slow down the aging of skin and heal the damaged skin by improving its elasticity and moisturizing it.
1. Neroli Essential Oil
Neroli essential oil comes from the orange blossoms trees from Morocco and Tunisia. Neroli stimulates the regeneration of skin cells which helps in getting rid of stretch marks and other kinds of scars. Some essential oils may cause irritation or rashes for people with sensitive skin, neroli however is safe even for the most delicate skin. Neroli is a cicatrizing agent with powerful anti-scarring properties that prevent the appearance and fade the stretch marks. Neroli also has antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, cytophylactic, cordial, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic properties. Neroli oil is very relaxing and besides regenerating and rejuvenating skin cells it can relive chronic anxiety, depression, fear, shock and stress, while also having a calming effect on the digestive tract. This oil is mostly safe because it is non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant and non-phototoxic, however when a clear head is needed you should use it sparingly, because it is very relaxing.
Mix 10 drops of neroli essential oil with a teaspoon of pure aloe vera gel and half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil in 3 oz of coconut oil. Store it in a glass jar and apply a small amount of the size of a pea to the area you need to remove stretch marks from. Do this twice a day, when you get up and before going to bed.
2. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is a flavorful refreshing oil that is useful for the immune system, lymphatic system, and is also a very good antidepressant. It is also a very strong disinfectant, and thus it is effective as a cleaning spray. Some people use it for scalp treatment and others for weight loss. It also is able to treat the symptoms of colds and flu. Grapefruit oil is good for skin treatment especially for aging and loose skin. When used during bath it removes excessive oiliness, dryness, discolorations and blemishes. Regular use of grapefruit essential oil can fight signs of premature skin aging, such as dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. In order to remove stretch marks use a mixture of 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil and 10 drops of virgin coconut oil. Massage the mixture on the affected area. Repeat this every night before going to bed.
3. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is extracted from frankincense resin and is considered a sacred oil. It is used either by inhaling or applying on the skin, usually mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. Frankincense oil can be a great help in healing wounds and decrease the appearance of scars. It reduces the appearance of dark spots from acne blemishes, stretch marks, eczema, and also assists in healing surgical wounds. Carrier oils to be used with frankincense essential oil are jojoba oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. Frankincense essential oil may also be mixed with other essential oils, depending on the benefits you want to get. Usually frankincense oil is very well tolerated, however, it may cause some minor skin rashes or digestive problems like nausea or stomach pains with some people. Frankincense also has blood thinning properties so if you have problems related to blood clotting you should better not use it, or speak with your doctor first.
Mix ten drops of frankincense essential oil and 5 drops of geranium essential oil in 3 to 6 tablespoons of wheat germ oil in a 2 ounce amber glass dropper bottle. Each night before going to bed apply 5 drops on the affected area.
4. Castor Oil
Castor oil is a pale yellow liquid extracted from castor seeds. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It has been used for thousands of years, both internally and externally, due to its health benefits. Castor oil is widely used for skin infections and other problems like sunburn, abrasions, acne, dry skin, boils, warts, stretch marks and others. According to Ayurveda and Homeopathy castor oil is the best for removing stretch marks.
Mix one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of almond oil in a bowl, then massage the mixture over the stretch marks and allow the skin to absorb it for 10-15 minutes. Follow this procedure 2-3 times a day during two weeks in order to get rid of the stretch marks.
Another way of doing this is to apply castor oil on the affected area, massage it gently and then use a clean cloth to wrap the affected skin. Use a heating pad to apply heat on the spot for 30 minutes. Repeat this daily for great results.
5. Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress essential oil has astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, hemostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstricting, respiratory tonic and sedative properties. This oil can help you in the case of several devastating conditions and illnesses. The antiseptic properties of cypress essential oil make it a good remedy for treating both internal and external wounds. Its astringent properties help in tightening up loose skin and muscles and also make gums, skin, muscles and hair follicles contract, thus preventing teeth and hair from falling out. It also boosts the body’s circulation and helps in preventing fluid retention. Cypress oil helps in cleaning the body of toxins by increasing urination, both in frequency and in quantity. All of these lead to automatic elimination of bad fats and cellulite, as well as stretch marks. Cypress essential oil may be blended with other essential oils of all citrus fruits such as lime, lemon, orange, and also with bergamot, clary, sage, frankincense, juniper, lavender, marjoram, pine, rosemary and sandalwood. Cypress essential oil does not have any warnings, other than it should not be used during pregnancy.
6. Mandarin Essential Oil
Mandarin essential oil is the sweetest and most calming of all of the citrus oils. This essential oil has antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory, cytophylactic, depurative, digestive, and hepatic properties. It is also a nervous relaxant, sedative, stomachic and tonic substance. Mandarin essential oil is widely used as a flavoring agent in the food and beverage, cosmetics, soap, oil, and perfume industries. Aside from this it also has various medicinal uses. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, and is still used by modern aromatherapists. Mandarin essential oil is used for the treatment of acne, dull skin, insomnia, oily skin, scars, spots, stress, wrinkles, and stretch marks. It also improves the circulation of blood and lymph, especially below the skin, making it look rejuvenated, young and vibrant. Mandarin oil does not irritate the skin and as opposed to other citrus oils does not make your skin susceptible to sunburns. It is also safe for use by pregnant women.
Home Remedies to Remove Stretch Marks Permanently
1. Drink Water
The best way to avoid stretch marks is to make sure that the skin maintains its maximum elasticity and it is well hydrated and supple at all times. This may be achieved by giving the skin all of the nutrients it requires, and also by maintaining the daily norm of water needed for the body. Water maintains skin hydrated and healthy and prevents it from becoming dry. For this drink at least eight to ten glasses of water very day during pregnancy and follow a weight loss program in order to make sure that the skin can expand and contract easily, without leaving visible marks. Drinking enough water also strengthens and renews your skin diminishing the chances of appearance of stretch marks. Besides ensuring the elasticity of your skin regular intake of water will help eliminate toxins out of your body and will also help in controlling your weight, which is one of the reasons for the appearance of stretch marks.
2. Potato Juice to Remove Stretch Marks
Using potato juice is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to remove stretch marks. Potatoes contain starch which has emollient properties soothing the skin. Potatoes also contain antioxidants which help in removing stretch marks. Antioxidants are chemicals that transfer electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent and prevent, or slow down cell damage. After formation free radicals start a chain reaction that can damage or destroy cells, antioxidants interact with the free radicals stopping the chain reaction before it damages vital cells. Besides this, potatoes are a rich source of Vitamin C, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Potatoes are capable of stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis, thus effectively restoring skin cells and making stretch marks fade.
Take a medium sized potato and cut it into thick slices. Then take a slice and rub over your stretch marks, make sure to apply the juice all over the marks. Keep it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a very well known remedy against stretch marks. The leaves of aloe vera secrete a gel that may be used to heal wounds and also contains plant collagen which is a great help in repairing the skin. Collagen is one of the most important proteins that make the skin elastic, supple and youthful. Collagen helps reducing wrinkles, fine lines; it reverses the age of skin, plumps it up and improves its elasticity. Aloe vera does not only remove stretch marks, it also prevents it from recurring again. Aloe vera’s antiseptic properties also help healing rashes, cuts, burns and other skin conditions.
Take some aloe vera gel and cod liver oil, or vitamin E oil and apply on the area with the stretch marks. Or, you could also use just the aloe vera gel from the leaves, apply it on the stretch marks, leave it there for two or three hours and then wash it off.
Sugar is one of the best home remedies against stretch marks. Sugar is a source of glycolic acid a hydroxic acid that stimulates the skin and helps generate younger and fresh looking skin. Sugar is used in a number of body scrubs that help exfoliating skin and removing dead skin cells. Alpha hydroxic acids are used to treat the extremely dry skin that causes it to darken. It also reduces acne and sunburn. Sugar is a natural humectant, it attracts moisture from the environment into the skin. So, using a sugar scrub helps to hydrate your skin and reduces the chances of stretch marks appearance.
For removing stretch marks, take a tablespoon of sugar, add a few drops of almond oil and lemon juice in it. Stir well and then apply directly on the stretch marks. Rub for 8 to 10 minutes and then take a shower. Continue the treatment for a month, until the stretch marks fade out.
Alfalfa sprout is a well known remedy for weight loss. It is also good against stretch marks. Alfalfa is rich in vitamin K, vitamin E, amino acids and other nutrients that help restoring the skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Vitamin E reduces the chain reaction of free radicals. It also neutralizes the effect of free radicals that damage collagen, which is the main reason for wrinkles, fine lines and skin dryness. Vitamin K regulates blood clotting and bone mineralization, and it also has a main role in maintaining bone density and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. The amino acids help nourishing the skin, hair and nails.
To use against stretch marks put a teaspoon of alfalfa powder in 4 drops of chamomile oil and mix well for 5 minutes. Then apply the paste on the stretch marks. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water.
6. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a source of hydroxic acids and vitamin C. Lemon juice exfoliates the skin removing dead skin cells, thus reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Lemon juice is also a natural bleaching agent. The vitamin C that is also known as ascorbic acid ensures the production of collagen which is a very important protein for maintaining skin elasticity. It helps the growth of cells and also aids in keeping the firmness and strength of the skin. Lemon juice is also a natural remedy for tan removal.
Use the following remedy to remove stretch marks: juice some lemons and massage the juice on the skin. After massaging wash the area with warm water. For additional healing properties mix the lemon juice with cucumber juice. Use this remedy daily to lighten the stretch marks.
Another remedy is to mix half a cup of cocoa butter with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply the mixture on the stretch marks massaging in circular motions. Allow it to dry and then rinse with water. Repeat this daily.
7. Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub cream is a very effective remedy for relieving cough and cold symptoms. Although the cream was not intended for this use, thousands of people found other uses for it. One of these uses is related to removing stretch marks. The producers of the cream do not claim that it can do this or recommend the cream to be used as treatment for any skin conditions. However the cream has the healing properties of eucalyptus and the women who used it for this purpose say that it removes stretch marks up to 60-100 percent. Vicks VapoRub contains eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, petrolatum, camphor and turpentine oil. These oils make overly stretched skin softer, and also reduce the dry appearance that makes the stretch marks stand out.
Mix Vicks with lemon juice and aloe vera gel, heat it up for 5 minutes and then apply it to the scars. Leave it there for ten minutes and then rinse it off using cocoa butter. This will help you get rid of the stretch marks.
1. Finale Stretch Mark Removal Cream
Stretch marks are a common problem that affects many men and women. Finale Stretch Mark Removal Cream contains natural ingredients that help to remove the stretch marks and help healing the skin. This cream is effective even against older marks, although it certainly deals faster with stretch marks that are not older than 7 years. The older marks need a longer time for treatment, so if you have stretch marks older than seven years wait for at least 6 weeks to see some improved results. For some people results are almost immediate, they get results in only a few days, but for most people are necessary from 4 to 6 weeks in order to regenerate the skin. Finale Stretch Mark Removal Cream can remove some of the redness of new scars if it is applied shortly after the wound heals. The cream is effective for most people, however there are some cases when it was not able to reduce stretch marks. It is still unknown why this occurs. Because Finale Stretch Mark Removal Cream uses mostly natural and botanical ingredients there are no side effects. At least none have been reported.
2. Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy
Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy is a tropical cream making use of organic ingredients that has a potent formula that is designed to reduce the manifestation of stretch marks and also prevent their appearance. The cream promises results within three weeks of use, with the condition of continuous use of the product. The cream is effective against both stretch marks and skin scars resulting from a rapid weight gain or loss, surgery and even pregnancy. Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy makes use of a list of natural ingredients to increase production of collagen and elastin, thus, allowing the skin to regain its elasticity, lose discolorations and remove stretch marks. The cream empowers the skin with the tools it needs to heal and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The cream may be applied to any part of the body that either has stretch marks or one believes it may develop stretch marks in the future. Skinception Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy uses natural ingredients so there should be no side effects, but a patch test would still be advisable before using the cream on all parts of the body.
3. Make your Own Stretch Marks Removing Lotion
Stretch marks are a nightmare for many people and no wonder there are plenty of creams and lotions available commercially for removing stretch marks. Many of them claim to have wondrous effects and offer good results, however in the end they prove to be unrewarding. While the results obtained using these lotions and creams are not great, they are quite pricey. An inexpensive alternate to buying these ointments is to create your own stretch marks removing lotion. You can do this by using ingredients you already have in your house or that are easy to buy for a low price.
Here is a recipe for your own homemade stretch marks removal lotion: mix a fourth of a cup of aloe vera gel and half a cup of extra virgin oil. Break open 6 capsules of vitamin E and 3-4 capsules of vitamin A and add the liquid to the mixture. Mix the ingredients well and then store in a bottle. This is your own stretch marks removing lotion, keep it in the refrigerator. Apply some of it daily on your stretch marks. Shake well the bottle before use.
4. Make your Own Stretch Marks Removal Cream
Over the counter creams for removing stretch marks are quite expensive in some cases and they do not always ensure the removal of scars and stretch marks from your skin. Some of them may even contain chemicals that have various side effects, only aggravating the problem. The best solution to find an alternative to such creams is to create your own stretch marks removal cream, with ingredients you have at home.
You can use this recipe for a homemade stretch mark removal cream: mix half a cup of cocoa butter with 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil and 2 tablespoons of grated bees wax. You can also add some wheat germ oil and apricot kernel oil. Then heat the mixture. The wax will melt. Store it and refrigerate. Your homemade stretch marks removal cream is ready. Apply the cream on the area with the stretch marks. Use until the stretch marks are no longer visible.