Stretch marks usually appear as fine lines on the skin surface and are off-white in color. These are commonly observed on the upper and lower abdominal regions, thighs, arm joints and the breasts. Stretch marks mainly arise due to pregnancy when the abdominal skin gets overstretched due to the growing fetus.
The elastin fibers of the skin get stretched and torn leaving permanent marks on the skin that almost resembles scars. These are pink in color in the initial stage but later changes to white. These marks lighten with time and take years to be removed completely.
Fine lines, which are pale pink in color, appear on the skin that lay between the gaps of the dermis. Later on these lines change to white color.
Pregnancy is the principal cause behind the development of stretch marks. Other reasons are:
- Abrupt gain or loss in weight.
- Speedy growth after attaining puberty.
- Genetic factors.
- Any remarkable change in physical conditions.
Home remedies, if followed regularly go a long way in reducing the stretch marks to a great extent almost restoring the normal appearance of the skin.
Apply Aloe Vera gel on the marks. This is one of the best home remedy that initially lightens the marks, finally removing them from the skin.
Applying few drops of Lavender oil on the marks 3 times a day is another effective home remedy.
Regular application of cocoa butter during pregnancy helps in reducing the stretch marks. It should be applied 2 times a day to get better results.
Prepare a solution by adding 7 drops each of lavender oil and Chamomile oil in any carrier oil like oil of sweet almond, jojoba or avocado. Massaging the affected areas by this solution helps in reducing the stretch marks.
Applying apricot scrub on the affected areas also helps in faster removal of the marks.
Prepare a mixture by blending liquids from 6 Vitamin E capsules and 4 Vitamin A capsules in half cup olive oil and one-fourth cup Aloe Vera gel, and store in a bottle. Keep it in a refrigerator and apply on the affected areas. This is a highly effective remedy to reduce marks.
Aroma oils are highly beneficial in reducing the stretch marks. Massage the affected areas regularly with the aroma oils to get rid of these marks faster.
Seeds and nuts are rich in Zinc that helps in preventing marks. Include few of them in your daily diet.
Go for regular exercises. This helps in toning the muscles and prevents stretch marks.
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