Pregnancy is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life, but the stretch marks that come with it is not so heartening. You might have fine lines mostly in the areas prone to fat accumulation like breast, hips, arms, abdomen, tummy and thighs. They may develop due to hormonal changes or sudden fat loss in these regions. There are many chemical and surgical treatments available to remove stretch marks like vascular laser, fractional laser treatment, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), etc. However, these treatments have a lot of risks attached and are expensive. It is always advisable to opt for safer home remedies which are as effective and a lot cheaper. Here, loveubaby tells you how to get rid of stretch marks through home remedies, and medical treatments.
It is not possible to get rid of stretch marks completely as they only get lighter with time. Massaging creams, lotions, and oils cannot make the marks disappear but only turn your skin smooth and supple. Over the months and may be years, the marks gradually turn into fine lines which are almost closer to your skin tone. Though you may have to bear the natural ‘battle scars’, they become less visible in three to six months after delivery.
Carrier Oil Options –
Essential Oil Options –
Olive Oil: Olive oil moisturizes and exfoliates your skin. It also improves the blood circulation and removes stretch marks to a great extent
Prepare a DIY moisturizer by mixing a few drops of your favorite essential oils with a carrier oil. Some recommended combinations are:
You can intensify the effect of the oils by wrapping the area in plastic sheets (e.g. klin wrap) and place a hot water bottle over it for a couple of minutes.
Regularly apply this oil blend twice a day.
The oil massage will keep the skin moisturized, which increases its elasticity and helps to heal scars quickly. The carrier oils provide nourishment and hydration, whereas the essential oils provide antioxidants and healing compounds. The damage caused due to the stretching can be reversed if this remedy is used twice a day without fail.
Organic cocoa butter or shea butter
Massage the affected area (like your tummy, chest, and thighs) with organic cocoa butter. You can also use shea butter.
Reapply either of the body butters twice a day.
Both cocoa butter and shea butter are rich sources of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids that are easily absorbed into the skin. They hydrate the skin and replenish the skin cells. Shea butter contains vitamins A and E as well, which improve the elasticity of the skin and prevent dryness. A combination of these two butters also works well for pregnancy stretch marks.
An aloe vera leaf
This remedy should be used twice daily.
This is one of the best natural methods to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Aloe vera gel promotes healing and shows visible results in a few days. It also soothes the skin and keeps it hydrated. However, this remedy works for early-stage stretch marks only.
Apply the petroleum jelly on the stretch marks and massage for 5-10 minutes.
Do this every night before going to bed.
Petroleum jelly is an occlusive agent, which means that it locks in moisture in the skin. This heals dry and stretched skin.
Body brush (with soft, natural bristles)
Repeat this every day before taking a bath.
Dry brushing stimulates blood and lymph circulation. This causes enough nutrients to reach the stretch marks. It also helps in easy and better elimination of toxins from the area. Dry brushing enhances the functionality of the oil and sweat glands and exfoliates the dead skin cells. This gives you smooth, soft, and blemish-free skin.
Be very gentle with the brush around the pregnancy stretch marks as the skin is already irritated and sensitive.
Glycolic acid cream
Use this cream on the affected areas as recommended on the box.
Reapply once or twice a day.
Glycolic acid is known to increase the collagen production in the skin. This helps to increase the elasticity of the skin, thus preventing the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy. Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), one of the main constituents of chemical peels.
Glycolic acid cream can be bought from medical stores. However, consult your doctor before using it.
Add a couple of drops of coconut oil or almond oil to the egg white for added benefits.
Use this egg white pack every day for best results.
The enzymes in egg whites increase the skin’s elasticity, causing the stretch marks to fade away in due course of time.
The coffee beans scrub can be used 2-3 times a week.
The caffeine from the ground coffee can easily penetrate your skin and revitalize the skin cells by stimulating circulation. This, along with the olive oil, ensures that plenty of nourishment is supplied to the affected area to heal the stretch marks. Coffee also contains antioxidants that reverse the damage and offer photo protection.
Repeat this every night, before going to bed.
ACV is good for healing scars and blemishes. It works on the stretch marks and lightens them
If you have sensitive skin, add one cup of water to one cup of ACV. Further dilution will reduce the strength of the vinegar.
Repeat this 3-4 times a week.
Baking soda is a natural skin exfoliator. It removes the layer of damaged and dead skin cells. Lemon (or lime) juice possesses skin bleaching properties that will fade away the stretch mark scars. Stretch marks can ruin your mood easily during an already difficult phase of your life. You want to concentrate on your baby and the happiness he/she will bring along. So, use these remedies and don’t let the stretch marks bother you anymore. As mentioned before, there are cosmetic treatments available in the market to remove stretch marks after pregnancy. We have outlined the main ones for you below.
The antiseptic property of honey works in reducing stretch marks.
Sugar is one of the best remedies for stretch marks. It exfoliates your dead skin, and your stretch marks turn lighter.
The acidic property of lemon juice works in healing stretch marks.
The skin should be well-hydrated to erase the stretch marks and other skin conditions. Consume at least 10 to 12 glasses of water every day to keep your skin hydrated and protected from toxins. It keeps your skin supple and restores its elasticity. Try avoiding tea, coffee and soda as they are dehydrating agents.
Potato contains phytochemicals, polyphenols, and carotenoids, which improve the skin texture.
They are known for their ability to promote brighter and even skin texture.
Scrubs are effective in boosting the skin regeneration process, and they are one of best ways to remove stretch marks after birth of the baby.
Alfalfa leaves are a great source of protein, essential amino acids, and vitamins E and K. Their antifungal property detoxifies the skin and helps heal the stretch marks.
Moisturizer helps improve skin elasticity. You should choose it depending on your skin type. If your skin is dry, you should use the one with cocoa butter and if your skin is oily, use cream which contains aloe vera or a clay moisturizer.