As if the number of skin problems was not enough, we have one more to add to the list. STRETCH MARKS!
The skin consists of 3 layers known as the epidermis (outermost layer), the dermis (middle layer) and the Hypodermic (the deepest layer). Stretch marks are said to be the tear in the middle layer of the skin or the dermis.
CAUSES OF STRETCH MARKS
1. It is said that stretch marks are caused due to puberty, weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy, or simply hereditary. They are most commonly found in the hips, thighs, breasts, abdomen, and buttocks.
2. Around 80% of women worldwide have stretch marks and it’s not just the women, it’s the men too who have to experience that horrible skin problem.
3. The bad news is, although it is a very popular skin problem, very less known remedies exist to fight against it. All you can do is fade it but not totally get rid of it. But worry not as we have your back. These treatments will fade them away for a LONG, LONG TIME.
4. Stretch marks are caused by hormonal imbalance too.
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There Are Two Types Of Stretch Marks:
Red Stretch Marks: They are also known as striae rubra. They form because of the scar in the dermis layer causing the blood vessels to show. These types of stretch marks are usually the ones that were formed recently.
White Stretch Marks: They are also known as striae alba. They are formed when the blood vessels go back and the fat beneath the dermal layer comes up. They are the stretch marks that have stayed on your body for a long time.
HOME REMEDIES TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS
Things at your kitchen are never your enemies. They always have the solution for all your health-related problems.
Castor oil may have been your savior many times since it is a very common remedy. It is used to treat skin diseases and also reduce hair fall. It has a skin lightening agent called ricinoleic acid that helps in the healing and fading of stretch marks.
All you have to do is apply a thick layer of the oil and massage it a circular motion in the affected area. Then wrap it with a plastic or a thin cloth and heat with the help of a heating pad for at least 30 minutes. Repeat the process several times a week to acquire the best results.
If you have been searching for remedies for your skin related problems, you must have come across aloe vera 100% of the time. Aloe vera is a boon to humanity. It has healing and soothing properties and also consists of essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that contain anti-oxidant properties.
You have to directly rub the gel in the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it with water.
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Turmeric to skin related problems is like what crocin is to headache patients. Always effective. It is being used for face whitening, getting rid of boils, getting rid of stretch marks, etc. It is effective in getting rid of stretch marks because of its skin lightening properties.
Mix a turmeric with curd to form a thick paste and apply it in the affected area. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with water and moisturize.
Doing this regularly will fade the stretch marks to a great extent.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is another very useful substance found in nature. It helps in getting rid of stretch marks due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
For using tea-tree oil as a remedy, you have to mix 4-5 drops of tea tree oil with 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil and massage it on the affected areas for about 15 minutes. Then, leave it on the area till it is absorbed.
Repeat the process twice a day for a month for best results.
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Sugar is an excellent natural exfoliant. It removes the dead skin cells leaving the skin lighter and smoother.
You have to mix a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of almond oil and a few drops of lemon. Gently massage the mixture into the skin for a few minutes and wash it off.
You must have used potato juice for your dark circles and face packs. They are also used in getting rid of stretch marks. This is because it contains vitamins and minerals that restore and grows the dead skin cells more rapidly.
Cut slices of the potato and rub it into the affected area for 5-10 minutes and leave the potato juice on the skin. After it is dried, wash it off with lukewarm water.
Repeat the process twice a day for two months to see the results.
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Apart from being your savior for all those late night assignments, coffee also helps to fade stretch marks.
(*Falls in love with coffee all over again!*)
Coffee is rich in caffeine which can penetrate the skin easily. It has oxidative properties which help in lightening the skin.
All you have to do is mix coffee grounds with water and make a paste and gently scour it in a circular motion for 3-5 minutes. Rinse it and moisturize the affected area.
Repeat it daily for best results.
Not only are they yummy but are also a solution for skin related problems and hair related problems. They are a rich source of proteins and amino acids making them an ideal choice of remedy for stretch marks.
Clean the affected area properly with water. Whip the egg white with a fork and apply it with a brush onto the area and leave till it dries. Wash it off. Then apply some olive oil and moisturize the skin to keep it well hydrated.
You might have heard cocoa butter for lotions but now you know that it is also a remedy for stretch marks. It keeps your skin hydrated, makes it smoother and, replenishes and repairs the dead skin cells.
All you have to do is apply the cocoa butter at night, massage it and leave it on overnight.
APRICOT MASK AND OIL
Apricots are another great skin exfoliators due to its many seeds. They also have great rejuvenating properties.
Cut the fruit open and take out all its seeds. Crush the fruit to make a paste and apply it on the affected area and leave it on till it dries. After that, wash it with lukewarm water.
For better results, add a few drops of lemon oil to it and apply every day for a month.
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HOW TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS?
Prevention is always better than cure. This phase is one which is heard and told by a lot of people. There are also ways in which you can prevent stretch marks and we are going to show you how.
- DRINK WATER
Water keeps the skin hydrated and healthy which itself prevents a large number of skin related problems. It also flushes out the harmful toxins from the body.
- EAT HEALTHY
Eating healthy is very important. If you eat the right amount of food with the right requirements, your body is prone to stay healthy. It also helps you maintain a constant weight which will eliminate a possibility of getting stretch marks.
- AVOID ALCOHOL
If you have stretch marks and want to get rid of them, avoid alcohol as it sucks up the moisture from your body leaving the skin dry which improves the chances of getting stretch marks.
- EXERCISE REGULARLY
Exercising regularly will dismiss another possibility of getting stretch marks because it will prevent dramatic weight loss or weight gain.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What causes stretch marks?
Ans. Stretch marks are caused by sudden weight gain or weight loss, pregnancy or it is hereditary.
I have stretch marks in my shoulder area. What should I do to get rid of it fast?
Ans. To get rid of stretch marks fast, you can use the cocoa butter remedy or simply apply vaseline on the affected area overnight before going to bed. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated all the time.
Can I get rid of stretch marks for good?
Ans. You can only fade away the stretch marks and not really get rid of it. Since it is a scar formed internally, there is less scope for it to disappear completely.
Do oils like Mederma and Bio-Oil help in getting rid of stretch marks?
Ans. That depends on your skin type. For many, it works and for many, it does not work. You should consult a dermatologist before proceeding further if no changes were shown.
What makes stretch marks turn red?
Ans. These stretch marks, along with purple or mahogany color tend to be newer stretch marks. It usually happens when there is rapid weight loss or weight gain and the dermal layers tear exposing the blood vessels. You can see such stretch marks during pregnancy.
How long will it take for stretch marks to fade?
Ans. This depends on the number of months or years that you have had the stretch marks for. If you got it recently like a year back, then it can be treated with a month or two. But fading old stretch marks is a bit of a work.
How to instantly fade stretch marks?
Ans. They can be instantly faded using a technique called laser treatment. You can see the improvement on your skin just after the first session.
Another way of covering up your stretch marks is by applying make-up. But this method is only suitable for quick and non-lasting riddance of stretch marks. Just take a foundation of a BB Cream and blend it on the affected area.
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