Remedies for Stretch Marks
The discussion in this article is about remedies for stretch marks that can be followed easily at home by all women.
Stretch marks on the skin (as of the hips, abdomen, and breasts) are generally formed from excessive stretching and rupture of elastic fiber due to pregnancy or obesity.
The cause generally include Pregnancy, weight gain, change in physical condition of the body and others. The glucocorticoid hormones which are responsible for the development of stretch marks, affect the dermis by preventing fibroblast from forming collagen and elastic fibers. This generally happens when a sudden weight loss follows weight gain and vice versa. Stretch marks can develop on the breasts, thighs and upper arms.
Remedies for stretch marks that work-
Apply Egg Whites on stretch marks as this provides protein to the skin. One can wash this off after a couple of hours or one can leave this overnight while sleeping and wash off in the morning.
Apply creams on stretch marks that contain Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily which will help to keep the tissues hydrated.
Apply lavender oil thrice a day on the marks.
Calendula oil helps to minimize stretch marks.
Japanese alternate remedies recommend use of egg yolk oil on body parts, from the fourth month of pregnancy to prevent stretch marks.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E play a very important role in maintaining skin elasticity. These can help with stretch marks.
Eat Carrot, Tomatoes, Soybeans and Oatmeal regularly.
Diet should contain sufficient amount of vitamin E.
Eat green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits.
Avoid oily and spicy food.
Jasmine oil helps to increase elasticity and also reduces scarring.
Margosa (Neem) has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is useful to help with stretch marks. Apply a paste of Neem leaves on stretch marks or use Neem based creams.
Gotu kola is useful to help with stretch marks.
Indian madder (Rubia cordifolia) is also useful for marks.
Sandalwood paste is also advisable as an external application.
Studies show that regular application of cocoa butter could help fade stretch marks.
Eat good amounts of seeds and nuts that contain zinc.
Include plenty of protein and vitamin in diet. Vitamin C plays a very important role in maintaining the skin’s elasticity.
Do regular exercises as this helps to tone up the muscles and helps the skin to become firm.
For the stretch marks on belly, apply or rub olive oil regularly.
Bioflavonoids, the natural pigment found in fruits and vegetables, help to reduce the redness due to stretch mark.
With the consultation of a doctor, one can take laser therapy treatment; but this is very expensive.
Mix one ounce of carrier oil (Avocado, Sweat almond, Jojoba) with seven drops of lavender oil and five drops of chamomile. Apply this to affected areas, as this is a good remedy for stretch marks.
Try to keep the skin supple. More the suppleness of the skin, lesser are the chances of formation of stretch marks. For this, skin nourishing creams could also be used.
Apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas of stretch marks.
Massaging with Olive oil is advisable.
I hope the above remedies for stretch marks will help all women that are trying to address this situation. Again, it is good to consult a Medical Doctor before following the remedies listed above.
Dr. Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page.
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