Stretch marks look ugly on your beautiful skin. You hate them and would do anything to get rid of them. Stretch marks mostly appear on the outer skin layer of the abdominal wall.
They may also appear over the thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and breasts. Preventing stretch marks is not easy, but reducing the marks is easily possible. In some cases stretch marks will disappear completely.
You need to first understand that it is the second layer of the skin (Dermis) that gets stretched beyond the yield point of its elasticity to appear as stretch marks. So the problem is neither at the surface level of the skin (epidermis) nor too deep inside the body. It is in the skin but inside the skin. Epidermis-the translucent outer layer of skin is also stretched showing the distorted dermis as stretch marks.
Most stretch marks can be removed with home remedies, and the visible impact of the others can be reduced
Some Skins are Prone to Stretch Marks
Some skins are more vulnerable and prone to stretch marks. As part of the growing up, process girls may get stretch marks on breasts and other flashy areas such as thighs, stomach, and arms. If you are on this page then you certainly would like to know how to remove these stretch marks.
There is a lot that you can do. The following home remedies for stretch marks will help you to get rid of them.
1. Stretch Marks Post Pregnancy-Exercise and Massage
During pregnancy, you may not be able to control certain aspects of your body growth including the appearance of stretch marks. But you know it as soon as you found out that you are pregnant, that you have higher chances of getting stretch marks. This is a sufficient well-timed opportunity to start working on preventive measures.
If you are pregnant then you should be aware that lots of hormonal changes are happening in your body. The skin becomes more vulnerable to dealing with this hormonal rush. Most of the body area where fat deposits are high will get affected to form stretch marks.
More than 70-80% of pregnant women have the possibility of developing stretch marks during pregnancy. Don’t let your confidence down, but take precautions to get these stretch marks to reduce their impact.
In addition to the increase in progesterone and estrogen hormones, the milk-producing glands in the breast also add bulk to the breast leading to an increased possibility of stretch marks. The stomach also gets enlarged due to the baby growing inside the uterus leading to stretch marks on the abdominal skin.
Post childbirth exercises such as weight lifting under a coach will help you to get rid of stretch marks on your breasts and stomach.
2. Prevent Stretch marks by Increasing the Elasticity of the Skin
There are two ways in which your skin elasticity gets affected, one by dehydration and the other by sudden weight gain and sudden loss.
Most of us don’t drink enough water. Drink eight to ten glasses of water every day. The well-hydrated skin has much better elasticity so it won’t get damaged and leave stretch marks.
The second reason that impacts skin elasticity is sudden weight loss. Of course, it all begins with the weight gain first but if you lose weight fast then it gets worse.
So ensure that your weight loss happens gradually. Have patience. Don’t resort to any methods which promise and deliver fast weight loss. Gradual weight loss is beneficial for your overall well being but it is a blessing to remove stretch marks.
There are many reasons for weight gain; some of them are listed below.
- Women always gain weight during pregnancy due to the additional growth taking place inside the uterus.
- Some teenagers gain sudden weight during puberty
- Many unaware fast food eaters become obese
- Others may gain due to hormonal changes
- Some medications including steroids such as cortisone cause sudden weight gain
- Quick weight gain due to any other reason
You may not have too much control over weight gain during pregnancy, and during the sudden growth in your teens, but in other circumstances, you have to watch your eating habits and general lifestyle to avoid getting stretch marks.
If you have a family history of obesity and stretch marks then you already have enough warning signals. Just develop strong willpower and ensure that you do enough exercise and eat healthily.
3. Moisturize your Skin by Oil Massage
Moisturize your skin externally every day. Specific areas to cover are breasts, belly, thighs, and buttocks. Massaging with vitamin E essential oils has been found useful.
Though the external application of creams has not been statistically proven successful in various medical studies, the massage which increases blood circulation has some impact on improving the elasticity of the dermis where the stretch marks appear.
Wheat germ oil is useful in preventing stretch marks in some cases and so are some other oils and moisturizing creams. But they don’t work in the majority of cases. So if you decide to use oils and creams for massage then ensure that they are natural oils.
There are many other remedies for stretch marks. You need patience and disciplined application of ideas to get rid of stretch marks. There is no need to be over-concerned. If you understand why you have stretch marks and how they are formed, then it will be easy for you to remove them.
Look seriously at the following two methods to fade your stretch marks.
4. Aloe Vera a Natural Remedy for Stretch Marks Removal
It is not very easy to get rid of stretch marks. Therefore, taking extra precautions during certain periods like adolescence and pregnancy can go a long way in stopping stretch marks.
Aloe Vera gel is another very good home treatment for stretch marks. It helps increase the elasticity of the skin thereby reducing the possibilities of ruptures of the skin that causes stretch mark. Aloe Vera is also good for the skin.
You can make a good stretch marks removal cream at home with Aloe
• Take a Fresh Aloe Vera leaf and remove its outer skin.
• Remove the hard outer skin and take out the gel from the inside of the leaf.
• Apply this fresh aloe gel to your stretch marks.
• Keep it there for 2 hours, then wash and rinse.
It is not just about the external application of natural products on the skin that reduces your stretch marks, but you should also consume certain foods in specific quantities that increase your immune system and skin cells to get rid of stretch marks. Zinc and vitamin k are two important elements to add to your daily diet.
5. Add Foods that Contain Zinc and Vitamin K in your Diet
Include Zinc containing foods in your diet for stretch marks. Seeds and nuts contain Zinc. Eat good quantities of different nuts and seeds to add taste and prevent stretch marks on the skin.
According to the National Institute of Health, an adult female requires 8mg of Zinc and a male requires 11 mg of zinc daily.
This target is very easy to achieve by consuming high zinc-containing food items.
Among the vegetarian choices of zinc, Toasted Wheat Germ 16.7mg (111% DV), pumpkin and squash seeds 10.3mg (69% DV), cocoa and chocolate 6.8mg (45% DV), and roasted cashew nuts 5.6mg (37% DV) per 100gm of serving are high zinc contain items.
Among the non-vegetarian choices cooked oysters 78.6mg (524% DV), beef and lamb 12.3mg (82% DV), and pork and chicken 5.0mg (33% DV) per 100gm are the best choices for zinc.
In addition to the zinc-containing goods, eating healthy food with Vitamin K, such as leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and dairy products do help. Applying Vitamin K creams on the skin will reduce the possibility of stretch marks.
Stretch mark removal should not become an obsession that it hurts. However, everyone, particularly women who are concerned about their looks should work on both preventing stretch marks as well as getting rid of them as soon as possible by natural methods and if required taking medical help.