Most of us have stretch marks in our bodies, some of them are the pride of motherhood and some of them are signs of adolescence or obesity. Many times, stretch marks disappear by the time but many times these stretch marks become stubborn. You may not put on your favorite party wear because of the stretch marks or your stretch marks have started affecting your self-image too, and you feel helpless. If you are in this situation then here are your solutions. These are the 10 most effective ways to get rid of your stretch marks.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are scars or disfiguring lesions. Stretch marks are tears in the collagen fabric of the dermis that occur whenever the skin is stretched beyond its tensile limits. Stretch marks typically occur in the abdominal region during pregnancy or in the hips and leg region during rapid weight gain. Stretch marks are not physically dangerous but can cause a problem with self-image. Stretch Marks are just significant cosmetic concerns which only affect your outer image.
Causes of Stretch marks:
- 50-60% of women experience stretch marks during the pregnancy period or even after delivery.
- Hormonal alteration during puberty can bring stretch marks as well
- Gaining lots of weight within a short span of time can cause stretch marks.
- Certain conditions can cause stretch marks as well such as Marfan syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome.
- Prolonged use of Corticosteroid creams and lotion can decrease the level of collagen in the skin which can lead to the occurrence of stretch marks.
Ways to get rid of stretch marks
1. Apply Retinol
Zo Skin Health Body Emulsion is best to get rid of your stubborn stretch marks. Zein Obeagi, the renowned dermatologist and founder of Zo Skin Health suggests to mix the body emulsion with their wrinkles and texture repair. This will give you a spectacular treatment for your stretch marks because you are mixing micro-emulsion retinol with papain and saccharomyces cerevisiae extract. This formula slough away the stretch marks, refill hydration, and lipids to rebuild the skin. Papain and saccharomyces cerevisiae extract are also providing enzymatic exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and smoothens the rough skin texture. You can also use any retinol from any renowned brand like Biotique, Nykaa, RevAyur, Palmer’s, etc. Choose your retinol according to your skin type and use it on a regular basis.
2. Black Tea
Can you believe black tea will be super effective for your stretch marks? Back tea contains lots of vitamins and minerals including VitB12, which is super effective for stretch marks and also reduces skin pigmentations. Just add 2-3 tablespoons of black tea into boiling water and add some salt to it. Cool it down and apply the mixture to the marks. Repeat the process until they disappear.
3. Eat Healthy
Hydrate your body well. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to reduce stretch marks. Drinking water always helps the skin to restore its elasticity and keep it supple and soft. Eat food that contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Gelatin, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are antioxidants that help our bodies to fight toxins and free radicals while nourishing the skin deeply. On the other hand, gelatin and Omega -3 fatty acids contain collagen which adds elasticity to your skin. Soyabean, beef, tofu, shrimps, flaxseed, chicken, etc. are natural sources of gelatin and omega-3 fatty acids. Add them to your regular diet. Kiwi fruits, lemon, broccoli, pineapple, hazelnuts, pine nuts, papaya, olives, etc. are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
4. Tretinoin and Glycolic acid
Tretinoin is a derivative of Vitamin A, like retinol but it is a much stronger and synthetic version of VitA. Tretinoin is often sold in the market under the name of Retin A. You will get tretinoin only with a proper prescription. Tretinoin speeds up the cell turnover, exfoliates the skin rapidly, and stimulates collagen and elastin.
On the other hand, using Glycolic acid is a very effective method to remove stretch marks. Glycolic acid is a natural fluid acid that moisturizes the skin, boosts collagen, and makes them less visible. This is also helpful for people who have pigmented stretch marks. Applying Glycolic acid is safe for pregnant women too. Apply a small amount of Glycolic acid over the stretch marks before going to bed at night and wash it out in the next morning. Avoid sunlight when the acid is on your skin.
5. Try Microneediling
Microneediling is a great option to get rid of your stretch marks. Microneedling can rebuild your skin cells and lighten up your stretch marks. Stretch marks become visible when collagen and elastin rupture and skin cells stretch or shrink too quickly. Microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin to prevent the appearance of stretch marks. The device used in microneedling contains many tiny needles which penetrate the skin and cause micro-trauma to the skin. Try to afford authentic services if you need microneedling. Home devices are also available for microneedling.
6. Laser treatment
You can boost your collagen with laser treatment too. According to dermatologists, stretch marks are actually those areas of the skin where collagen is already damaged. Laser treatment rebuilds the integrity of collagen in such areas of your skin. You are placed on a skincare regimen that rebuilds and reconstructs your dermis as well. Palomar 1540 or Deep IR Laser are collagen-building lasers but stimulate dermal repair as well. Each laser procedure is generally 15-30 minutes long, depending on the area you are looking to treat. For great results, you need to have three scheduled treatments in a month. Laser is the most effective and quick way to get rid of stretch marks.
7. Natural oils
Natural oils are very effective for reducing stretch marks. Almond oil is one of the natural oils which is super effective for stretch marks after pregnancy. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E and has several other essential nutrients which deeply moisturize the affected, reduces redness and stretch marks. Heat some almond oil and massage it on the affected areas in circular motions. Repeat the process at least twice a day. Tea tree oil is also effective for stretch marks. Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Regular use of tea tree oil prevents the occurrence of stubborn stretch marks. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil in half a teaspoon of olive oil and massage the oil gently, all over the starch marks. Leave it all night and wash it off in the morning. You can also add sugar and a few drops of lemon juice in olive oil and make a scrub. Apply the scrub on your marks for 10 minutes and wash it off. You can apply castor oil directly on the stretch marks and massage it in a circular motion for 15-20 min. Cover the whole area with cotton cloths and apply some heat using heating pads for best results. Continue the process twice a month. You can also use Vitamin E enriched Argan oil. Argan oil will increase the elasticity of your skin and heal the broken tissues which fade your stretch marks gradually.
Bio-oil is one of the most effective and budget-friendly products for stretch marks. This practically melts in your skin and moisturizes and nourishes your skin even for hours after application. Blend it well with your skin to make it easily absorbed and lightweight.
9. Coconut oil and aloe vera
Both coconut oil and aloe vera are natural moisturizers and help to hydrate your skin. Aloe vera has restoring properties while coconut oil has healing properties. Take two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and freshly extracted aloe vera, mix it well. Apply a small amount of the mixture on the stretch marks daily for the best result. You will get noticeable results within two to three weeks. You can only use the aloe vera gel without coconut oil too. Just apply the gel on your stretch marks and wash it off after 2-3 hours.
10. Apricot and Egg white
Egg whites are rich in high protein and amino acids. You should apply egg white on your stretch marks. The egg white will help to lighten the mark and tighten the skin as well. If you do not like eggs then you can apply apricot to get rid of your stretch marks. Grab 2-3 apricots, remove their seeds and grind them to make a smooth paste. Apply the paste directly on the stretch marks and leave it for 20 minutes, rinse it with lukewarm water.