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Stretch marks are the odd or imperfection on the skin. It is also known as distensae. Stretch marks occurs in both men and women. It is reddish, pink or purplish- blue in colors and appear in the body parts like stomach, upper arms, buttock, thigh, breast, abdomen and chest. Stretch marks appear when the skin is slightly stretched. It is commonly caused by gain in body weight. Stretch marks are harmless and generally fade away over a time period. It is common in a women during pregnancy, as the skin size increases and suddenly decrease after some time. So if you are really worried about stretch marks then your search stops here, because here in this article we will help you to know about the causes and some of the easy home remedies to get rid of stretch marks.
Causes of stretch marks
1) Weight gain
Weight gain is one of the causes of getting stretch marks. Gaining weight increases the amount of fat in your body due to which the skin has to stretch itself. Stretch marks increases as the person grow older. When a person gain more weight than required, then his/her skin overstretches which results in the formation of reddish-pink or purplish-blue skin known as stretch marks.
Physical stretch of the skin known as pregnancy. It is one of the most commonly known cause of Stretch marks in women. In pregnancy the women skin overstretches and after 8 or 9 months as the baby comes out the stomach skin squeezes, but the stretched skin couldn’t fit in the stomach area and cause stretch marks, which are reddish-pink or purplish-blue in colors.
3) Family history
One of the cause is family history. If someone in your family have stretch marks like your mother or father, then you also have the chance to get stretch marks too. It could be easily pass from one generation to another. Stretch marks mostly occurs in women than in men.
Taking food very rich in protein, sugar and salt can increase your calories intake, which damage your skin elasticity. Taking heavy diet can cause weight gain and which will later becomes the cause of stretch marks. To get rid of the stretch marks a person should maintain a proper diet which contains green vegetables, fruits sufficient amount of protein and salads, it will help you to get flexible skin.
Using cream, medicine intake in high amount and taking steroids also affect in decreasing collagen production in the skin and cause stretch marks on your skin. A person should always prefer and promote a professional medical advice before taking any types of drug. It will help you to prevent stretch marks.
6) Weight loss
When the area where there was full of fats, is now deceased. After loosing the pressure the stretched skin doesn’t fit in the new shape skin and due to which it takes the shape of stretch marks in a person. People thought is, that only gaining weight is the cause of stretch marks but unfortunately weight also contribute towards it.
Aging is the also commonly known cause for stretch marks. As the person grow old the skin becomes dull and shaggy due to which it get wrinkles which leads to the formation of stretch marks.
Some of the best home remedies to get rid of stretch marks are:-
1) Baking soda and lemon juice
Baking soda and lemon juice help in exfoliation (removal of dead skin cells).
Take sufficient amount of baking soda and lemon juice. Mix both well to make a paste. Apply this on the affected area, let it dry for 30 mins. Rinse the mixture with warm water, repeat this process 2 days in a week. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
2) Tea tree oil
Take few drops of tea tree oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix both oil well and apply the mixture on your affected area. Massage on the stretch marks for 2-3 mins and let it get absorbed by the skin. Repeat the process daily for minimum one week. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
Glycerin helps to improve the skin softness.
After taking a shower, dry your body with the towel. Now apply few drops of glycerin on the affected area. Massage for 2-3 mins and leave it. Do not rinse. Repeat this process after every shower. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
4) Apple cider vinegar
Take 2 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar. Apply this all over your affected area and massage for 5 mins. Leave it to get it dry, wash thoroughly in the morning and moisture the skin. Repeat this daily after every shower for minimum one week. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
5) Aloe Vera
Take fresh Aloe Vera leaves, peel of the hard skin and take out the pulp (soft white jelly). Now blend the pulp in the mixer, extract the juice and mix well. Massage this on your skin until it is fully absorbed. Leave it for 10 mins and rinse with warm water. You can also add oil from vitamin A capsule. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
6) Vitamin E capsule
Use vitamin E capsule by taking the advice of a professional doctor. Cut the capsule and open it to extract the vitamin E oil. Apply the oil on your stretch marks and massage for 2 mins. Leave it for 30 mins and rinse with normal water. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
You can also take vitamin E capsule orally with water.
Take 2 tablespoon of coffee, half bowl of water. Mix the coffee with the water to make a paste. Apply this paste all over the affected area and scrub in circular motion for 3-4 mins. Leave it for 10 mins and rinse with normal water followed by Moisturizing. Repeat this 2 days in a week, it will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
8) Almond oil
Almond oil helps to nourish and moisture the skin.
Take few drops of almond oil, add few drops of your regular oil and mix well. Heat it for few minutes and apply all over your stretch marks. Massage in circular motion for 2-3 mins and let it dry. Repeat this process 3 days in a week, to get rid of stretch marks.
9) Lemon and sugar
Lemon help to remove dead skin cells whereas sugar acts as a scrub.
Take 2 tablespoon of lemon and 1 tablespoon of raw sugar. Mix both well and apply on your affected area. Massage for 10 mins and rinse with warm water followed by Moisturizing. Repeat this process 3 days in a week, it will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
10) Baby oil
Baby oil moisturizes the skin and produce new skin cells. Take a shower, dry your body with towel and apply baby oil on the affected area. Massage it for 10 mins and let it get absorbed by the skin. Repeat this process every day after shower, minimum for 2 weeks. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
Vicks vaporub works good on stretch marks area. It contains oils that makes your skin feel softer and reduce a dry appearance, which puts stretch marks out. But the owner of Vicks vaporub do not claim that it can help you to reduce stretch marks.
Apply the Vicks vaporub on the affected areas and massage for 2-3 mins. Cover the area using any type of cotton cloth and leave it overnight. Repeat this process 3 days in a week to get rid of stretch marks.
12) Castor oil
Castor oil is the best and harmless solution for getting rid of stretch marks. It also removes cracked heels. It is the best remedy for skin related issues.
Take few drops of castor oil and warm it by heating process. Apply the oil on the affected area and massage for 10-15 mins. Repeat this process daily before going to bed.
13) Organic Argon oil
It is one of the best remedy for treating skin problems as it contains multiple essential products in one. It a natural organic product.
Take few drops of Argon oil, apply it on the affected area. Massage for couple of minutes and let it get absorbed by the skin. Do not rinse/wash. Repeat this 3 days in a week before going to bed. It will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
14) Turmeric powder & yogurt
Turmeric powder have the qualities to enhance your skin colour and softness.
Take sufficient amount of turmeric powder and yogurt. Mix both well and make a paste. Apply this paste on your stretch marks. Leave it for 10-15 mins until it get dry. Rinse with normal water followed by moisturizer. Repeat this process 2 days in week, it will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
15) Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is another good remedy for treating stretch marks, as it purifies, nourishes and make the skin soft.
Take few drops of jojoba oil, apply it on the affected area. Massage for 3-5 mins, let it get absorbed by the skin and wash in the morning. Repeat this process 4 days in a week, it will help you to get rid of stretch marks.
16) Egg white
Egg white contains protien and vitamins which help to remove the stretch marks. Take 1 or 2 eggs, seperate the yolks from the egg white, now stir the egg white properly and leave it for 2 minutes. After that apply the egg white on your affected area, leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse with normal water, repeat this remedy thrice a week for better result.
17) Basil leaves
It is an ancient way of treating many skin problems. Take 8-10 basil leaves, grind it in a mixer and make a paste of it by adding sufficient amount of water. Now apply the paste on your affected area and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this process daily for minimum 1 week.
Cucumber has a property which helps to lighten the skin tone and moisturize the skin. Take one fresh cucumber, cut it into thin slices. Grind it in the mixer and extract the juice, now apply the juice on your affected skin. Leave it for 15-18 minutes, repeat this remedy for 1 month.
Banana contains magnesium which is good for your skin. Take a banana, grind it by adding a cup of milk and make a shake. Apply this remedy on your stretch marks, let it stay for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off using lukewarm water, repeat this process thrice a week for good result.