Some natural home remedies can work wonders for
treating stretch marks caused due to pregnancy. Read on to find a couple of
home remedies for treating stretch marks naturally.
Stretch marks are parallel lines that
appear on the skin either white or red in colour. In medical parlance they are
known as Striae. They are usually
found to appear during the middle stages of the pregnancy and stay till the
post delivery period. If left by themselves and untreated, they remain for the
whole of life. For most women stretch
marks on the arms, breasts, thighs, hips
and stomach fade away to a considerable extent naturally. But the rest ought to
be treated in order to get back that pre-pregnancy look.
There are a number of home remedies that
help you cope with them and even prevent them from appearing in an acute form. As
said earlier, it is natural that during and after pregnancy, stretch marks will
appear. So it is sensible on your part to look for means to treat them in a
natural fashion with some simple home remedies or ingredients that are readily
available at home.
It is well known that lemon juice has a
bleaching effect on the skin, it has the power to fade away marks or scars and
bruises that are already healed, but have left behind their mark. It can cause
any unsightly mark to fade away, although you need to be persistent with it, as
the effect is very gradual. The citric acid in lemon
juice does the work of the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) of the clinical stretch
mark creams. It works towards the removal of the dead cells on the upper
epidermal layer of the skin. This makes the growth of the new and fresh cell
possible. Since the natural citric acid in lemon juice is very mild, it should
be remembered that although very effective, it will not show fast results as
the stretch mark creams.
oil or VCO is a very traditional element
used by women for centuries. They are even used by men to remove stretch marks
caused by sudden weight gain or loss and caused due to weight lifting. It is
considered as one of the best effective and natural remedy to fade away the
signs on the skin. The kernel of the mature coconut is put to dry out in the
sun and grated and ground into a paste. The oil extracted from it is called
virgin coconut oil. Apart from being a healer of stretch marks, it can be
orally consumed for various other health benefits as well.
The very innate properties of VCO make
it an effective remedy. It contains a medium chain of triglycerides,
anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties. These
take care of the skin and the natural moisturiser works towards the retention
of the natural oils of the skin. When massaged regularly twice a day, VCO can
lighten the stretch marks to a considerable extent, by making the skin supple
and improving elasticity. It is best to apply VCO just after a bath when the
skin is still wet. It should still be noted that the results might take time to
show and the marks will not disappear but gradually fade off.
In different cultures and societies
there are many other home remedies that are practiced to fade away those
stretch marks. Some people use a mix of honey, Aloe
Vera gel, extra virgin olive oil and
almond oil and massage it on the affected areas. The only point that needs to
be remembered is that they require persistence and patience as the results take
time to show and should not be considered as an alternative to the clinically
suggested stretch mark removal creams.