Stretch marks manifest when one’s skin changes shape rapidly due to growth or weight gain. They aren’t a sign that anything is wrong with your health.
There’s no magic secret to remove scars, but many will become less visible over time, sans remedies.
Both men and women can get stretch marks. Pregnancy and pubescence are the two most common times one can expect to get stretch marks.
Initially, a stretch mark will appear as a thin red or purple line on your skin that takes on a different texture than the surrounding skin layer. Eventually, most stretch marks fade and take on a lighter or translucent colour.
Getting rid of stretch marks in a completely natural way isn’t possible. They’re a type of scarring that rarely fades enough to become invisible.
However, these remedies will only minimise the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Note: Before trying these remedies, thoroughly wash and dry the scar or stretch marks and the area around it. Also, do not use these remedies on open wounds.
There are different types of scars.
Atrophic scars are engendered by the loss of tissue. They appear depressed/or flat against the upper layer of the skin. They often have darker skin pigmentation than other areas of your skin. A quintessential example of an atrophic scars are acne scars.
Contracture scars result from large areas of skin being lost or damaged, typically from burns. They appear tight, shiny skin that can restrict movement.
Keloid scars are the result of aggressive healing and an overproduction of tissue. They are quintessentially a thick, puffy appearance. They are typically darker than the surrounding skin.
As the skin heals from a deep cut or wound, excess tissue forms over the skin as it heals— hypertrophic scars. These care are commonly darker than other skin in the area.
Remedies for scars
Lavender oil and olive oil
These oils increase the production of collagen and forms new connective tissue that encourages wound healing. This suggests lavender oil may help in the healing of stretch marks.
1. Mix three drops of lavender essential oil into three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.
2. Massage the mixture into the scarred area for about 5 minutes.
3. Leave the oil in place for about 30 minutes.
4. Rinse the area with warm water.
5. Repeat this process a minimum of three times a day.
This vegetable is able to bleach and whiten stretch marks because it is rich in vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy citric acid. When applying a little lemon juice on stretch marks, they become lighter and smoother. Little by little with a little patience, they fade as and when.
1. Cut a wedge from a fresh lemon.
2. Gently rub the juicy side of the lemon on the scar while you squeeze the juice onto the scar.
3. Relax for about 10 minutes before rinsing off the area with cool water.
4. Do this every day at approximately the same time.
As a natural exfoliant that, along with lemon, prompts cellular regeneration is through its application.
1. Mix distilled water — a little at time — into two tablespoons of baking soda until it forms a paste.
2. Wet your scar with distilled water and then apply the paste to the wet scar.
3. Hold the paste in place with a warm compress for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse the area and repeat daily.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is considered to be comparatively more useful than other vinegar variants. The acetic acid in vinegar putatively helps exfoliate the upper layers of your skin for a refined smoothness and evened-out skin tone. Cell regeneration is promoted through its application.
1. Combine 4 tablespoons of filtered water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
2. Dip a cotton ball into the water-cider mixture and generously dab your scar.
3. Let it dry.
4. Do this every night before you go to bed, washing the area in the morning.
If you want to make a scar look less noticeable, you may want to try a natural remedy. There are many people who believe that natural remedies can get the job done. As with any home remedy, have a conversation with your doctor before starting. Your doctor can offer insights and recommendations about which remedies you should or should not try.
Remedies for stretch marks
Using a topical form of vitamin E before and after surgery improves the way wounds healed and the result of the scar.
Cut open a vitamin E capsule over the scar and squeeze the oil onto the scar. Massage the oil on and around the scar for 1 minute. After about 10 minutes, wash off the oil with warm water. Repeat this process a minimum of twice a day.
While little clinical evidence exists for aloe vera as a stretch mark cure, pure aloe vera is both a natural healing agent and a skin softener. This makes it an ideal home remedy to try for stretch marks. Apply pure aloe vera from a plant to your stretch marks daily after your shower.
Since stretch marks are scarring from skin damage, coconut oil might help heal the process quickly. Coconut oil has been studied for its healing properties and was found in rats to reduce the time it takes for skin wounds to heal. Applying virgin coconut oil to your stretch marks each day might take away some of their red appearance.