Stretch marks are lesions of the skin which look like long, narrow streaks, stripes or lines. They appear due to sudden skin stretching as a result of weight gain, pregnancy or genetics. In color they differ from the skin that surrounds them. They affect both gender, but they are more common for the female gender.
The medicinal name of the stretch marks is stria, striae or – during pregnancy – striaegravidarum.
There are natural remedies which are very helpful for this skin condition.
- Aloe Vera Gel
The gel of this plant is extremely beneficial for various skin conditions. Thanks to the strong anti-inflammatory properties, the inflammatory effects or growth of stretch marks can be impeded. For high efficacy, you need to use the gel at least once a day to areas where you may have stretch marks. Apply the gel on the stretch mark and nicely massage it in, and also rub it on the surrounding skin areas.
- Lemon Juice
The juice of this citrus fruit is very beneficial for the treatment of stretch marks. It has the ability to lighten the color of the marks and accelerate its natural fading process. Lemon juice will greatly help in the skin exfoliation thus removing all the dead skin cells. Additionally, by using this treatment there are no side effects.
- Potato Juice
The use of potato juice will help you in the removal of the stretch marks. You need to know that in the case of stretch marks moisturizer and exfoliating scrubs are not of great use as the tearing of the skin occurs in the middle layer of the tissue, beneath the exterior of the skin.
- Egg Whites
The egg white is a great natural remedy as it has in its content amino acids and proteins that can heal the skin, restore its smoothness and attribute to the youthful appearance. However, you need to know that the egg white is not a drastic solution.
- Olive Oil
The olive oil is of great use for the more prominent stretch lines. This type of oil is rich in vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for a healthy skin. Therefore, apply this oil on the skin areas affected by stretch marks and efficiently eliminate them. For optimal results, start applying olive oil as soon as the stretch marks appear.
The olive oil can be nicely combined with sugar or salt, but for more sensitive skin make sure to use sugar as it is gentler on the skin and it will not trigger any irritation.
Prepare the following stretch mark fighting body scrub: just mix one part olive oil with two parts sugar. For more luxurious effect, you can include couple of drops of essential oil in the mixture.