15 Home Remedies For Stretch Marks

I think we can all agree that stretch marks are not a pretty sight. If you happen to have them then I am sure you know how embarrassing having them can be and how getting rid of them can be an uphill task. How insecure they make us feel. Imagine wanting to put on that bikini but you can’t because of those annoying stretch marks. Ugh!

Stretch mark removal can be a tough task to accomplish. This journey requires a lot of resilience and sacrifice. Nothing good ever comes without hard work. Natural stretch mark removal is a great option – not only does it work, but it is very affordable. 

What Are Stretch Marks?


Pregnancy stretch marks

Stretch marks, also known as striae, are scars that develop when the skin stretches due to abrupt changes like rapid growth or even weight gain. When the skin over-stretches, the dermis tears and the result is formation of stretch marks.

Their color may differ from one person to another due to skin complexion. The color usually varies from pink, dark brown, red, reddish brown or purple at first then later these lines begin sinking beneath your skin taking a whitish-silvery color.

Do not let their change in color fool you into thinking that they have receded. Fighting stretch marks is not easy. You will need to practise a lot of patience, but in the end, it is totally worth it. Gaining your once lost self-confidence and having flawless skin doesn’t sound bad, does it?

Why Stretch Marks Occur

Stretch marks occur when your skin stretches for whatever reason. Your body may stretch due to different reasons like

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Rapid weight gain

iii. Growth spurts especially during puberty

  1. Bodybuilding
  2. If you have a family history of stretch marks
  3. If you have health conditions like Marfan’s syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome

vii. Prolonged use of corticosteroids

How Stretch Marks Occur

Stretch marks occur when the production of collagen is interrupted due the overstretching of skin, therefore resulting into scarring of the skin. These scars are now what we call stretch marks.  Collagen is the protein found in our skin responsible for skin elasticity. So basically, when the skin overstretches, collagen production is negatively affected, thus forming scars that we now refer to as stretch marks. Simple.

When stretch marks first occur, they may appear to be slightly raised and wrinkly but with time they tend to flatten.

Where Stretch Marks Occur

Most of the times, stretch marks affect areas where there is fat storage. These usually are:

  1. Belly/ stomach/ tummy
  2. Thighs

iii. Breasts

  1. Buttocks
  2. Shoulders
  3. Upper arms

Who Gets Stretch Marks?

Contrary to popular belief, stretch marks do not only appear on women’s’ bodies. They can appear on anyone due to the reasons discussed above. However, they happen to be more common in women during and after pregnancy.

  1. Pregnant women

There’s nothing as awe-inspiring as nurturing and bringing forth a life. It is a beautiful gift. But it comes a cost sometimes. In form of stretch marks. Most women get stretch marks during pregnancy due to the overstretching of the tummy. During pregnancy, as the baby grows, the tummy keeps growing in order to create room for the growing baby. This mostly happens in the third trimester.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy could also be a cause of stretch marks since the changes could lead to the weakening of skin fibers, resulting in formation of stretch marks.

These stretch marks can also affect the breasts and thighs since during pregnancy most women experience an increase in size of the breasts and thighs.

It is important to note that not every pregnant woman gets stretch marks. It all depends on every woman’s skin elasticity and type.

  1. People suffering from obesity

This affects both men and women. Obesity leads to weight gain. Gaining weight leads to overstretching of the skin, which in turn leads to development of stretch marks. It is like a chain reaction.

  1. Body builders

Rapid increase in muscle size due to body building can also lead to developing of stretch marks. As the muscle size increases, the skin stretches and stretch marks are then formed.

  1. People experiencing rapid weight gain

Gaining a substantial amount of weight over a short time period can not only be harmful to your health, but can also lead to stretch mark appearance. The same goes for rapid weight loss. If you lose weight try to do it slowly and constantly. This ensures that there is minimal straining of the skin.

  1. Teenagers experiencing puberty

The issue of stretch marks during puberty can be a very touchy one, so parents should ensure to bring it up in a sensitive manner that won’t sound judgy. Encourage them that they are not the only ones facing this issue. Stretch marks that appear during puberty are caused by growth spurts. They affect both boys and girls. Girls may get them on their breasts or thighs. As for the boys, they may appear on their backs and shoulders since these are the areas that experience  the most stretching.

  1. People with certain health conditions

Individuals with health conditions like Marfan’s syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome may develop stretch marks.

Marfan’s syndrome- It is a genetic disorder that weakens the connective tissues leading to reduced elasticity making the body vulnerable to getting stretch marks.

Cushing’s syndrome- It refers to a condition that occurs due to high cortisol hormone levels in the body. Stretch marks are  a side effect of having high levels of cortisol hormones.

  1. People with a family history of stretch marks

We neither get to choose our lineage nor our genetic make up. This is out of our control. If you have a close relative for example a parent with stretch marks, chances of you getting stretch marks are very high.

  1. Prolonged use of corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are medications used for relief of inflammation in different parts of the body. They lessen itchiness, allergic reactions and swellings caused by different diseases like asthma, allergies, arthritis and skin problems. Corticosteroids are found in different lotions and creams used in the treatment of these conditions.

Prolonged use of these corticosteroids can lead to reduction in the amount of collagen in your skin, increasing chances for development of stretch marks. It is therefore important to ensure that you do not overuse or abuse them.

Treating Stretch Marks

Do you have stretch marks and have been wondering just what you are going to do in order to rid yourself of them? Worry no more. Here is a collection of 15 home remedies for stretch marks that have been proven to work. Try them out and see what works for you.

1. Aloe Vera Gel


The clear Aloe Vera gel can be seen within a cut leaf

This is my absolute favorite remedy! It works like magic. Aloe Vera is not just good for stretch mark removal but is also great for general skin health. It works wonders for hair too. If it were up to me, I would make sure that everyone has at least one plant in their homes. The Aloe Vera is a beautiful plant and its gel is just pure gold. That way you will have a place to run to whenever you have minor skin ailments.

Aloe Vera is well endowed with collagen. The collagen present in the Aloe Vera helps repair skin. It also has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants present in Aloe Vera also help in skin cell repair and enhancement of new skin cell generation.

It is better to use Aloe Vera gel extracted from fresh Aloe Vera as opposed to already packed gel. The fresher the better.

How to extract Aloe Vera gel from a plant

If you happen to have an Aloe Vera plant, and a large one for that matter, then you are on the right track since obviously this is the first step. Next, choose a thick leaf and cut it with a sharp knife at the base of the plant.

After cutting the leaf, you will notice a yellowish substance coming out of the leaf. That is not the Aloe Vera gel. The gel we are talking about has a clear color. Let the yellow stuff ooze out then wash and dry your leaf.

Now lay it flat on a flat surface and cut it open lengthwise. You will see a clear gel. Scoop the gel with a spoon. If you are up for if, you can put the gel in a food processor and puree it. This is totally optional though.

How to use it

You will require Aloe Vera gel and warm water.

Preparation and Use

  1. Apply the Aloe Vera gel directly on the affected area.
  2. Keep massaging the affected area gently with the Aloe Vera gel to allow proper absorption. Do this for a few minutes.

iii. Let it rest for about an hour.

  1. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

2. Potato Juice


Potatoes are not only a healthy and filling food, they are also great for stretch marks!

Potato juice is loaded with vitamins and minerals which facilitates repair and growth of skin cells. Potatoes contain vitamin C which helps in the formation of collagen. It also has antioxidants that can help improve general skin health. Potatoes contain a lot of water ( they are around 80% water) so getting juice from them will not be an issue.

How to use it

You will require:

  1. Potatoes ( 1 or 2 medium sized potato)
  2. Lukewarm water  

Preparation and use:

  1. Cut the potatoes into thick slices and then gently rub them on the affected area.
  2. Leave it for a few minutes (for about 30 minutes or so) for the potato juice to get absorbed into the skin.

iii. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

OR

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into wedges  
  2. Blend the potatoes or put them in a juicer if you prefer a pulp-less solution.

iii. Gently rub the juice on the stretch marks.

  1. The reason for blending or juicing the potatoes is so that you can also drink the juice. Potato juice is very nutritious since potatoes are filled with so many nutrients and minerals like vitamin C, calcium, potassium, vitamin B, iron, zinc,antioxidants and vitamin K. This juice is good for general body health so be sure not to waste the nutrients.
  2. Rinse off with warm water after a few minutes.

NOTE: The fresher the potato the better.

3. Raw Shea Butter


Raw Shea Butter is yellow and solid

Fun fact: Did you know that Shea butter comes from a Shea tree nut which takes approximately 20-30 years before starting to bear fruit? Also, the Shea tree grows nowhere else in the world except in Africa!

Shea butter is a component used in very many lotions and soaps. This is because it is very good for the skin. It is among the best moisturizers. For stretch marks removal, raw Shea butter is recommended since it has not been subjected to processing in order to incorporate scent and color. Raw Shea butter has a yellowish color and sold in bars or blocks.

Properties of Shea butter

When it comes to stretch marks removal, Shea butter works wonders because it is filled with vitamin A and E which are great for improving skin elasticity. These vitamins are also great for stretch marks removal since they help with the replacement of damaged elatin and collagen fibers. Damage to these two is what brings about stretch marks.

Shea butter also contains fatty acids which help in keeping the skin ultra hydrated. The more hydrated the skin, the lesser the chances to develop stretch marks. It does this by replacing the lost fatty acids.

Vitamin A also helps in cell repair and growth. It is also really good at preventing dry skin, and as a result protecting the skin from damages that can cause the appearance of stretch marks.

How to use it

Gently massage the Shea butter on the affected area two to three times a day. Preferably when you wake up and when you go to bed. Keep doing this even after the stretch marks are gone.

Shea butter usage helps keep the skin hydrated. If you want to have smooth and supple skin, then use Shea butter at least several times a week if you can’t do it everyday.

4. Lemon Juice


Lemons are a cheap source of Vitamin C

Lemons are very cheap and they can basically be found anywhere. They are great for stretch marks removal since they contain vitamin C which aids in collagen formation. Lemons are also acidic in nature, a property which makes them act as bleaching agents. It can bleach the skin therefore reducing the redness of the stretch marks, making them less visible.

How to use it

You will require:

  1. Lemons
  2. Lukewarm water

iii. A Sharp knife

  1. A Bowl
  2. Cotton wool (optional)

Preparation and use

It is better to exfoliate before using this remedy to ensure that you get rid of dead skin cells around the area affected with stretch marks. This makes the lemon juice more effective.

Slice the lemon with a knife then squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl.

Massage the area with stretch marks gently with the juice either using your bare hands or alternatively you can use a cotton ball. With the cotton ball, you deep it into the lemon juice and massage the stretch marked area gently with the wet cotton ball. The advantage of using the cotton ball is that it prevents the lemon juice from going to other parts of the your body.

Leave the juice to soak into the skin for around ten minutes or more then rinse off with warm water. You can leave it overnight if you like.

Moisturize the skin with an emollient if available. An emollient is a substance that softens the skin. A skin that is moisturized prevents the formation of new stretch marks. Shea butter is not just a good remedy for stretch marks. It can also act as a great emollient.

One advantage of using lemon juice is that it can be combined with other ingredients to form a great remedy for stretch marks. It can be combined with cucumber, olive oil, cocoa butter and Shea butter. These combinations can yield amazing results. You can use this process when mixing them:

Lemon juice and cucumber

This combination is not just great for the skin but also for detoxification when drank.

  1. Take juice from a lemon or two and combine it with sliced cucumbers or cucumber juice (in equal parts)
  2. Apply this mixture on the stretch marks and wait for about 30 minutes for the mixture to get absorbed.

iii. Rinse off with warm water.

Lemon juice and olive oil

Just like lemon juice and cucumber mixture, lemon juice and olive oil combination can also be ingested. The two combined have a huge amount of nutrients that is perfect for the body and also for the removal of stretch marks.

  1. Mix one squeezed lemon juice with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, depending on the amount of lemon juice you have.
  2. Apply this solution on the stretch marks and allow about twenty minutes for the solution to be absorbed into the skin.

iii. Wipe with warm water once done.

Lemon juice and Shea butter

Sometimes combining Shea butter and lemon juice together in a bowl and applying it directly to the stretch marks works really well. Most people prefer combining the two as opposed to using them separately.

5. Egg whites


A bowl of eggs

Egg whites, unlike egg yolks, have no fat. What they have is vitamin A, collagen and antioxidants all of which are extremely good for stretch marks removal. Collagen enhances skin elasticity and antioxidants help fight free radicals.

Applying egg whites on the skin improves blood circulation around that area, therefore facilitating the healing process.

The proteins in egg whites help to regenerate skin.

There is also presence of amino acids that help restore skin smoothness.

How to use it

You will require:

  1. Eggs
  2. A Fork

iii. A Bowl

  1. Warm water

Preparation and use

  1. Take an egg or two depending on the number of stretch marks on your body.
  2. Separate the yolk/s from the whites in a bowl.

iii. Whip the egg whites with a fork until a thick paste is formed.

  1. Clean the area affected with stretch marks first before applying this paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the affected area using fingers or a makeup brush if you have one.
  3. Leave the affected area to dry for approximately 20 minutes.

vii. Rinse off with warm water.

viii. Apply a thin layer of olive oil or whatever other emollient you have in your possession.

  1. Repeat this process about twice a day for faster results.

Just like other natural remedies, egg whites also work way better if combined with other natural home remedies for stretch marks. You can combine egg whites plus olive oil,or egg whites plus lemon juice to fasten the healing process.

6. Cocoa Butter


Cocoa butter is a vital ingredient in many hair and skin care products

You cannot go to any beauty and cosmetic section in a store and miss a product with cocoa butter as an ingredient. This goes to show just how great cocoa butter is for the skin. Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is among the most used moisturizers. It is best known for its anti-aging properties. But do you know that cocoa butter can be used as a remedy for stretch marks?

Cocoa butter in its purest form, without having undergone processing and addition of chemicals can be a great remedy for stretch marks. It contains antioxidant effects that help keep the skin supple and healthy. Natural cocoa butter is also safe to use during pregnancy.

Preparation and use

  1. Wash the affected area with lukewarm water.
  2. Apply the cocoa butter on the affected area twice a day, preferably before going to bed and in the morning after waking up.

You can keep using cocoa butter even after the stretch marks have disappeared because cocoa butter is an incredible moisturizer. There is no harm in making cocoa butter use a habit.

7. Castor Oil


Castor oil is a natural remedy for many common skin infections

Castor oil is the jack of all trades of oils. It is not only a remedy of stretch marks but also sun burns, acne, boils, warts, dry skin and ring worms. Basically castor oil is a remedy for almost all common skin infections.

Properties of Castor Oil

Castor oil stimulates collagen and elastin production. Elastin is different from collagen. It has the property of actually being elastic. Elastin allows body tissues to get back to their original shape after the tissues have been contracted or stretched.

Castor oil is also a great moisturizer . It helps keep the skin hydrated by locking up moisture. A skin that’s moisturized doesn’t get stretch marks easily.

Castor oil is antibacterial in nature, keeping the skin free from bacteria which in turn helps in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

The oil consists of ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid (triglyceride) that makes the oil perfect for keeping the skin super hydrated.

How to use it

You will need Castor oil and Lukewarm water.

Preparation and Use

  1. Heat a little castor oil until it’s moderately warm.
  2. Gently massage the stretch marks with the warm oil in circular motions.

iii. Leave the oil on the affected area for about twenty minutes.

  1. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
  2. Repeat this process everyday until desired results are achieved.

Castor oil can be mixed with other natural home remedies for stretch marks for faster results. It can be mixed with potato juice or Aloe Vera.

8. Sugar


A bowl of brown sugar

Sugar can be used to exfoliate skin. Most people use sugar as a facial scrub. But did you know that it can also be used as a remedy for stretch marks? Both brown and white sugar can be used. However, brown sugar is preferred because it tends to have more nutrients as compared to white sugar. White sugar is also harsher on the skin than brown sugar.

Properties of sugar

Sugar is great for exfoliation. It exfoliates dead skin cells that accumulate on the stretch marks.

Sugar also helps improve the circulation of blood. This then fastens the healing process.

Both white and brown sugar contain glycolic acid that has tiny molecules that can very easily penetrate the skin, promoting production of healthy skin cells.

How to use it

You will require:

  1. Sugar ( white or brown)
  2. Water

iii. Olive oil/lemon juice/castor oil

Preparation and use

  1. Mix 1 spoonful of sugar and water in a bowl to form a paste like solution. You can also add either olive oil, lemon juice or castor oil to the mixture if you happen to have any of them. You add all of them in one bowl to form a thicker paste.
  2. Gently apply this solution/paste on the stretch marks in circular motions.

iii. Leave it for about 20 minutes.

  1. Rinse with lukewarm water.
  2. Repeat this process 3-4 times a week.

9. Coconut Oil


A jar of coconut oil

Coconut oil is a little known secret weapon in the war against stretch marks. Besides working like a charm, good quality coconut oil smells heavenly. Coconut has a moisturizing effect, and together with its collection of essential oils, it soothes and heals the skin, preventing the progression of such blemishes as stretch marks.

Properties of Coconut Oil

Coconut can work wonders for stretch marks, especially if you start using it early before the stretch marks progress. If you catch them very young, it is possible to get rid of them completely by simply employing the healing powers of coconut oil.

Coconut oil also soothes the skin, thus preventing skin irritation that comes from the stretching of the skin especially during pregnancy. It is also rich in vitamin E, which is important for the development of the dermis (lower skin), and vitamin K, which is vital for the development of new skin cells.

How it works

Coconut oil is famous for its all natural moisturizing properties. It is also anti fungal and anti microbial, and these properties leave the skin glowing and healthier when absorbed.

When applied, it soaks deep into the skin. Since stretch marks start developing from deep within the skin, when the dermis cannot keep up with the stretching of the upper skin, applying coconut oil increases the elasticity of this lower skin so that it can at least try to match the stretching of the upper skin, getting rid of stretch marks.

How to use it

All you will need is plain coconut oil.

Preparation and use

  1. Massage a generous amount of coconut oil at and around the affected area.
  2. Apply a similar generous amount in areas of the skin where you feel itchy, because this is an early sign of incoming stretch marks.

iii. Keep massaging the affected area for at least 5 minutes to allow the coconut oil to seep into the skin

  1. Apply daily

Coconut oil is versatile, and pairs well with a wide range of other home remedies. You can choose to personalize your treatment and make it your own by combining it with one or more of the following:

Coconut oil and castor oil mix

  1. Mix two parts coconut oil with one part castor oil
  2. Use as you would plain coconut oil

iii. Apply Daily

Coconut oil, Turmeric and lemon mix

  1. Take two tablespoons of coconut oil and add to one tablespoon of turmeric oil or turmeric powder
  2. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice

iii. Apply as you would plain coconut oil

  1. Wait for 15 minutes, then wash off
  2. Apply Daily

Coconut oil and olive oil mix

  1. Mix two parts coconut oil with one part olive oil
  2. Use as you would plain coconut oil

iii. Apply Daily

Coconut oil and Shea butter mix

  1. Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with one tablespoon of Shea butter
  2. Rub the paste into the affected area as you would plain coconut oil

iii. Apply Daily

Coconut oil with salt and sugar

  1. Take one cup of coconut oil
  2. Mix it with half a cup of salt and half a cup of brown sugar

iii. Rub the paste into the affected area as you would plain coconut oil

  1. Wait for 10 minutes then rinse off
  2. Apply Daily

When you do choose to use the ‘magic’ coconut oil remedy, be sure to use it before the stretch marks appear. Coconut oil helps skin stay hydrated, and is thus a preventive tool that will make your skin stretch evenly so your stretch marks won’t be as pronounced. This is the best way to use coconut oil, and when done right it can completely stop you from developing stretch marks.

However, if you already have the stretch marks, using coconut oil will help brighten and even your skin tone. What this means is that it will significantly improve the appearance of your stretch marks. It can even hide them a little, unless someone takes a really close look at the affected area. For the best results, couple coconut oil with another similar remedy to get rid of the stretch marks completely.

10. Alfalfa


Alfalfa leaves are nutritious and a perfect remedy for stretch marks

Alfalfa leaves come from the alfalfa plant which is in the pea family. It is packed with nutrients which make it a great remedy for stretch marks. It is usually combined with oils like chamomile, castor or coconut oils for maximum effectiveness.

Properties of alfalfa

Alfalfa leaves have vitamins E and K which are vital in improving skin tone. A well toned skin is not likely to develop stretch marks.

They also have anti-fungal and detoxification properties which enable them to carry out skin detoxification therefore healing the stretch marks.

Amino acids in the leaves is also good for general skin health.

How to use it

You will require:

  1. Alfalfa powder- Leaves crushed to powder form. Another alternative is buying the already crushed powder in food stores or even online.
  2. Oil- Either coconut, castor or chamomile oil

iii. Lukewarm water

Preparation and use

  1. Thoroughly mix a tablespoon or two, depending on the number of stretch marks, of alfalfa powder and your desired oil. Do this until you achieve your desired consistency.
  2. Gently massage this paste on the affected area in circular motions.

iii. Wait for about 30 minutes for the paste to be absorbed into the skin.

  1. Rinse with lukewarm water when done.Repeat this process at least twice a day in order to achieve the best results.

11. Avocado


Avocados are not only a healthy snack, they are perfect for your skin too!

Avocado is famous for being a vital ingredient in most healthy salads. It can also be eaten as a healthy snack. However, not many people know about the wonders that avocado can do for your skin. Even fewer people recognize avocado as a cheap, 100% natural and easy to prepare home remedy for stretch marks.

Properties of avocado

Avocado oil has high concentrations of vitamins A, E and D which are essential for a healthy skin. It works by moisturizing the skin and improving its elasticity, so that it stretches evenly. This means that you should ideally start your avocado regimen before you have full blown stretch marks, when your skin starts getting itchy during pregnancy or for any other reason and the stretch marks start to come on.

The following is a fantastic formula for a homemade avocado based stretch mark remedy:

How to use it

You will need:

  1. Half an avocado
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

iii. 1 tablespoon honey

Preparation and use

  1. Remove the avocado seed and scoop out all the avocado into a bowl.
  2. Mash the avocado till you have a smooth puree.

iii. Add the lemon juice and the honey and mix till you have an even mixture.

Application

  1. Massage a generous amount of the mixture at and around the affected area.
  2. Apply a similar generous amount in areas of the skin where you feel itchy, because this is an early sign of incoming stretch marks.

iii. Keep massaging the affected area for at least 5 minutes to allow the avocado oil to seep into the skin.

  1. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse off.
  2. Apply daily.

As stated before, avocado is a perfect preventive solution for stretch marks. However, you can still use it even after your stretch marks have become visible, because its moisturizing and rejuvenating properties will lighten the stretch marks, make them fade and improve the general health of your skin.

However, do not expect quick results with avocado, because once you have full blown stretch marks, it will take a few months for the avocado regimen to fade them away completely.

The beauty with avocado is that it is a versatile solution which works well with many other ingredients. Coupling your avocado paste with other remedies like honey, lemon juice, castor oil, coconut oil or olive oil will guarantee you the best results. Try to personalize the avocado mixture and make it your own.

12. Coffee


Coffee is a well known stretch mark remedy

Besides being perfect for those mornings when you can hardly keep your eyes open, coffee is also a well known stretch mark remedy. Used coffee grounds soaked in water and applied directly to the stretch marks can yield results in as little as two weeks of daily use!

Properties of coffee

Coffee has a wide range of interesting properties that make it perfect for treating stretch marks. When you apply a ground coffee scrub on your skin, it exfoliates it and clears dead skin and any other impurities that may have accumulated causing blemishes. Further, it hydrates and moisturizes the skin.

The caffeine in coffee improves collagen production in the body. Collagen lightens and tightens stretched skin, fading away those stretch marks. The antioxidants in coffee also further prevent the damaging of skin cells.

How to use it

To prepare the perfect coffee stretch mark remedy at home, you will simply need a bowl of Ground coffee, preferably used ground coffee, as it retains less water.

  1. Heap the ground coffee in a bowl with little lukewarm water. Do not use hot water.
  2. Stir the mixture with your fingers to make a paste.

iii. Apply this paste on your stretch marks and any other affected area.

  1. Massage the paste gently into the skin for about 5 minutes.
  2. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then rinse off.
  3. Repeat this process daily.

The coffee treatment can work wonders for your skin if you stick to it. The beauty of it is that you will begin noticing a not so subtle difference in as little as two weeks!

During the application process, your skin might feel a little dry after you rinse off the scrub. It is important to apply a moisturizing agent after you wash off the paste. A good cocoa butter moisturizing lotion would do. Alternatively, you can use coconut oil or olive oil to moisturize if you are going for an all natural regimen.

Although coffee is an amazing remedy on its own, you can achieve even better and faster results by combining it with something else, for example:

Coffee and Aloe Vera mix

  1. Mix your coffee grounds with a little lukewarm water to form a paste
  2. Add a tablespoon of fresh Aloe Vera to the paste and mix to form a thick mixture

iii. Apply this paste on your stretch marks and any other affected area

  1. Massage the paste gently into the skin for about 5 minutes
  2. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then rinse off
  3. Repeat this process daily

Coffee coconut oil mix

  1. Mix your coffee grounds with a little lukewarm water to form a paste
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the paste and mix to form a thick mixture. Keep adding coconut oil to the mixture till your paste has an acceptable consistency, not too thick, not too light.

iii. Apply this paste on your stretch marks and any other affected area

  1. Massage the paste gently into the skin for about 5 minutes
  2. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then rinse off
  3. Repeat this process daily

Other winning combinations that go well with coffee:

  1. Coffee Brown Sugar Mix
  2. Coffee Olive Oil Mix

Note: Some people experience allergic reactions to the coffee scrub. If you see redness, rashes or swelling after using this coffee remedy, then it is not for you.

13. Olive Oil


A bowl of olive oil

Olive oil has fondly been nicknamed the Liquid Gold from the gods. And for good reason. You can cook with it, you can use it in your hair, and you can use it on your skin. Plus, it is no coincidence that people from the Mediterranean, the home of olive oil, have the lowest mortality rates in the world.

So, it’s no surprise that this miracle oil can also do wonders for your stretch marks.

How Does It Work?

There are several varieties of olive oil:

  1. Virgin Olive Oil: This is the most popular olive oil variety. It has a very low acid content and is perfect for cooking. It is also very economical, as anyone who wants to lead a healthier lifestyle can afford it.
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: It is considered the best olive oil for the human body. However, it can be a little expensive, so not everyone can afford it.
  3. Pure Olive Oil: It is a mixture of refined virgin oil and normal virgin olive oil. It has a high acid content. This makes it unsuitable for cooking.
  4. Lampante Oil: It is an olive oil variety that is used as fuel.

Olive oil has antioxidants that improve the health of your skin when applied to it. It also contains linoleic acid, a substance that is not naturally produced by the body. Linoleic acid helps improve the water retention capabilities of your skin, and prevents water loss from the skin through evaporation. It goes without saying that a moisturized skin  is less susceptible to stretch marks than a dry skin.

How to use it

Using olive oil for stretch mark treatment is as simple as rubbing a generous amount of olive oil on the affected area for about 5 minutes to let it seep into the skin.

The trick is to be consistent in application, because you will likely not notice any changes for the first three or so weeks. This is because the olive oil works from the inside out, and the results are only visible after several weeks of continuous daily use.

Olive oil can be a perfect remedy for stretch marks. For example if you are pregnant,if you start using it from the early months of pregnancy when your tummy starts to bulge, and keep using it daily till about three months after birth, you are almost guaranteed not to develop stretch marks at all. It really is that good!

However, not all hope is lost if you already have the wretched stretch marks. Rubbing olive oil on them daily for a few weeks will yield visible results.

You can also combine it with other remedies like honey, lemon juice, coconut oil, castor oil or Aloe Vera for faster results. Find a winning combination that works for you and stick to it. Like we said, the trick is consistency.

14. Baking Soda


Baking powder can help in clearing stretch marks

Baking soda is a vital ingredient in baking, because it is the substance that causes the dough to rise. However, it has many other hidden powers, among them being its ability to help in clearing stretch marks.

How it works

Baking soda exfoliates the skin and removes dead cells and any other impurities that may be blocking your pores. This makes your skin breathe better. It also naturally bleaches the skin, lightening its colour and making blemishes like stretch marks harder to see.

It also helps in collagen production, which clears scars and marks on the skin. Baking soda also has antioxidant properties that prevents the further development of stretch marks.

How to use it

A simple and effective way to use baking soda and to remember to use it daily is by incorporating it into your bath time routine. When in the shower, simply add a tablespoon of baking soda and some body wash to your washcloth and scrub your stretch marks with it.

If this simple process becomes part of your daily routine, you will notice a marked difference within a few weeks. Without even needing to set reminders on your phone or anything!

You can further personalize your baking soda bath time regime by mixing some sea salt or brown sugar into your baking soda.

Alternatively, you can incorporate baking soda into other remedies like olive oil, coconut oil or Aloe Vera by adding a teaspoon of it to form a fine mixture. Whatever way you choose to work with baking soda to remedy your stretch marks, the important thing is to be consistent. Pick one method and stick with it.

15.  Apple Cider Vinegar


A glass of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a widely used home remedy for a range of ailments. It is therefore no surprise that its healing properties extend to the clearing of stretch marks.

How it works

Apple cider vinegar works wonders on stretch marks and even cellulite by exfoliating the skin, removing the top dead skin cells and revealing the more even toned skin underneath.

It is saturated with natural minerals and vitamins, which are important for the general health of the skin and maintaining an even skin tone. These saturated minerals and vitamins also stimulate the body’s metabolic processes, which accelerates the regeneration of weak and dead cells, including skin cells.

How to use it

Before we get down to the process of using apple cider vinegar, it is important to note that some people experience itchiness or skin rashes when they use this remedy. To find out if you are allergic, rub a little apple cider vinegar on your wrist and let it sit for the rest of the day. If by the end of the day (8+ hours) you would have not experienced any reaction to it, then you are good to go!

To use apple cider vinegar for your stretch marks, all you would need is the vinegar and water. Prepare a two part water to one part apple cider vinegar solution and massage this solution on the affected area. Massage it into your stretch marks for about 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this process daily.

Alternatively, you can get a little more creative by dabbing a piece of cotton wool and wiping each stretch mark lengthwise. Remember to do the wiping along the stretch mark as opposed to across it. Use one cotton pad per stretch mark, and firmly wipe each stretch mark 5 to 10 times. This removes the dead upper layer of skin and exposes the healthier more even toned lower layer. Doing this daily will yield rapid results within just a few weeks.

After a dose of apple cider vinegar, your skin will feel really refreshed. However, if left alone, it will dry up really quickly. It is important to wipe down the cleansed area with a clean wet cloth after about 15-35 minutes of letting it sit (depending on your patience levels), and moisturizing with your moisturizer of choice.

This could be your normal moisturizing lotion, a specialized cocoa butter lotion with added skin care benefits, or your all natural moisturizing home remedy of coconut oil, olive oil or castor oil.

Preventing Stretch Marks

Prevention is better that cure, I am sure that sounds cliche but fact is that it is true. Although there is no sure way to prevent stretch marks, there are measures that one can take to minimize the chances of stretch marks developing.

One way is to prevent abrupt weight gain. When it comes to losing or gaining weight, ensure that you do that slowly and steadily. Check your diet by eating  healthy so that you lose weight in a manner that’s safe.

During pregnancy it is expected that one gains weight as the pregnancy progresses. However, this does not give us an excuse to eat unhealthy foods that will accelerate the speed at which weight is gained. If this happens, then developing stretch marks cannot be avoided.

It is also important to stay hydrated. Water is great for hydration. Take at least 10 glasses of water everyday to ensure your skin remains hydrated. The more hydrated your skin is, the less chances stretch marks have to develop.

Emotional effects of stretch marks

Stretch marks are harmless to the body. However, they may cause negative emotional effects to whoever has them through loss of self esteem.

They can stop people from living their normal lives. For example, if you love the beach and you used to enjoy spending time at the beach before developing stretch marks, you might find that after getting them you might feel insecure putting on the same swimsuits you used to and therefore stopping going to the beach.

Important tips

  1. If you start seeing stretch marks breaking out, start treating them immediately. Do not let them get old since the older they get, the deeper they get into your skin. Stretch marks can be itchy, so do not scratch them because it can worsen the situation.
  2. The oils mentioned above can be moderately warmed for faster absorption to the skin.
  3. Do not use any of these remedies on cuts, wounds, bruises or blisters
  4. If you experience redness, itchiness or rashes, you are probably allergic to that remedy and you should switch to a different one
  5. Moisturizing if very important. For remedies that require washing off after allowing them to sit for some time, you should moisturize your skin afterwards.
  6. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water and having a healthy diet will increase your collagen levels and keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
  7. Even though you may really want to, scratching your itchy belly during pregnancy is a bad idea. It weakens the skin and makes your stretch marks form faster.

Conclusion

Home remedies are an affordable and effective way to combat stretch marks from the comfort of your home. However, they require one to have a little bit of patience, since they can take a lot of time to yield results. If you are looking for a quick fix, there are several medical procedures that can be performed in order to remove stretch marks. These include laser surgery, tummy tucks and sometimes even microdermabrasion. On the down side, as much as these procedures could work, they are very expensive and could come along with health risks. It is for these reasons that natural remedies are better and more advocated for.

It is vital to note that stretch marks take time to heal. The duration it takes for these stretch marks to disappear also varies from person to person, skin type and the amount of stretch marks. So if you happen to use any of these methods and are not seeing results, be patient. It will happen eventually. Good luck!

 

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