Stretch marks are those long red, purple or silver marks in certain areas of your skin that often occur in bunches. They are commonly found among pregnant women, in teenagers undergoing puberty and in those experiencing rapid weight gain.
Stretch marks are usually found on the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts. They are a perfectly natural occurrence but if you decide to remove them, here are some methods you can use:
Using Castor Oil
Spread some castor oil over your abdomen, or around the area with the stretch marks and rub in a circular motion for at least 5 minutes. Then, wrap your belly, arm or affected area with a clear cling wrap. Place a clean face towel over this area and then apply a hot water bottle or heated pad on top of the towel. Leave it for 20 minutes to half an hour and then remove the cling wrap and wash off any excess oil.
Use A Stretch Mark Cream with Glycolic Acid
When you buy stretch mark creams, be sure to examine the contents for Glycolic Acid, which has been proven to boost the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein needed to maintain skin elasticity and youthfulness, as well as being important for the generation of new skin cells. Glycolic Acid is not dangerous and can be used even by pregnant mothers.
Raw egg whites are rich in the proteins and amino acids required for generating new skin. Apply some whisked egg whites thickly to your stretch marks and let it dry. One the egg whites have dried, you can rinse it off with cool water and then apply some moisturizer to the treated area to keep it hydrated.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice can be used alone, or in combination with the contents of Vitamin A and E capsules. All you have to do is mix a quarter cup of aloe vera flesh with the contents of 5 Vitamin A capsules and 5 Vitamin E capsules, rub it on the stretch marks and leave on for about half an hour or more before cleaning it off. To make your life easier, make a larger batch and keep it in the fridge to use daily for up to a week.
Take Vitamin C Supplements
Consuming about 500mg of Vitamin C as a supplement has been shown to reduce the appearance of severe stretch marks. Taking Vitamin C should also be combined with topical treatments to produce a more effective treatment method.
Go for Laser Treatments
For more severe and stubborn stretch marks, you can consider having a professional laser treatment done. Don’t worry as they are completely safe. This type of treatment uses vascular lasers or pulsed dye lasers that were popularized by post-partum women in South Korea.
Stretch marks are a natural part of everyone’s life and is nothing to be ashamed about. These tips and tricks are here to help you if you decide you want them gone, so hopefully you’ll try them out.