Stretch marks are narrow lines on the surface of the skin with an off colour hue. They are generally found where large amounts of fat are located on the body such as on the breast, tummy, buttocks and thighs.
They first appear as pink, purple or red lines on the skin and with time, the lines become silver or whitish in appearance.
The marks are caused by the sudden stretching of the skin. This causes the. Dermis ( middle layer of skin) to break and the deeper layers to show through the breakage.
Stretching of the dermis might occur during pregnancy, gain and loss in weight, growth spurt and it might be hereditary. In few cases stretch marks can be caused by Cushing or Marfans Syndrome. It could also arise from overuse of powerful steroid creams on the body.
You can get rid of stretch marks naturally and this can be achieved in various ways.
Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. At least you should drink 10 glasses of water each day. Water will help to increase the elasticity of your skin.
Sugar is a great exfoliant for the skin. Use it in combination with lemon juice and almond oil. Mix them together and rub on the affected area for 10 minutes for one month.
Whip egg white and clean area affected by stretch marks before applying it. Let the egg white dry completely before rinsing it with cold water. Repeat the process for 2 weeks to get a positive result.
The acidic nature of lemon juice helps to helps to reduce and heal stretch marks. Apply fresh lemon juice to the affected area and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Vitamins and minerals present in potato juice helps skin restoration. Cut thick slices of potatoes and rub the juice over your stretch marks. When the juice dries, wash with warm water.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants which is good for skin problems. Warm the olive oil a bit before applying on your skin.
Aloe vera juice is very good for clearing skin problems. Rub the juice on the skin and leave it for 15 minutes before washing it off.
Cocoa butter enhances blood circulation thereby reducing stretch marks. Massage cocoa butter on the area affected by stretch marks two times daily for two months. This will reduce the stretch marks on the affected area.