6 Natural Remedies to Reduce Stretch Marks

07 February, 2020
There are some ingredients you can try at home that naturally moisturize your skin and help diminish stretch marks.

Stretch marks are a type of scar that occurs when the skin loses its elasticity, almost always after having been overstretched (like if you gain and lose weight very quickly, for example). These lines don’t pose any threat to your health, but they are considered unsightly. As a result, people with stretch marks are always on the lookout for ways to improve their appearance at home.

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Today, there are quite a few commercial treatments on the market today that help to remove stretch marks. If you’re interested in trying one, talk to a dermatologist for more information.

Home remedies to diminish stretch marks

There are plenty of things found in nature that can be very good for your skin. They can reduce or diminish your stretch marks if you use them regularly, but they won’t get rid of them entirely. Consequently, if you want to try one of these remedies, make sure you do it as part of a healthy lifestyle. You should also talk to a dermatologist about what kind of skincare is best for you and, if you’re interested, what kind of options there are for laser treatments.

People with stretch marks might notice that at first, the marks are pink or purple. They usually fade with time and lighten, but they are still noticeable.

Depending on where you stretch marks are, you might have just a few, or a lot all in one area. They usually show up in places on your body with more fat deposits, like your glutes, abdomen, arms, legs, and breasts.

Very important: none of the following remedies can substitute your dermatologist’s treatment and instructions. You should use these as a complement to treatment, as long as your health professional gives you the go ahead.

Almond oil and sugar

A bottle of almond oil.

People believe that this treatment can help diminish stretch marks because it acts as an exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells. At the same time, its ingredients may help nourish the skin and improve its appearance.

In this study, researchers looked at the effectiveness of an aloe vera and almond oil treatment to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The results were positive, and participants saw an improvement in the appearance of their stretch marks. On their own, however, these ingredients aren’t enough to get rid of them completely.

Directions

In a container, mix a tablespoon of granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon almond oil.

Gently massage this exfoliating mixture onto the affected areas for 10 minutes, then rinse well. Repeat this treatment 2-3 times a week.

Homemade anti-stretch mark cream

To keep your skin elastic and avoid the appearance of stretch marks, it’s really important to deeply hydrate it and supply it with the essential nutrients it needs to look great. This anti-stretch mark cream will provide your skin with the right nutrition and will help prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks that can appear during or after pregnancy or as the result of weight gain or loss.

Directions

In a small container, mix equal parts olive oil (note: there isn’t enough scientific evidence to prove that olive oil prevents stretch marks, but people still think it’s a useful ingredient in cosmetics), wheat germ (a common ingredient in cosmetics, but also lacking in scientific evidence to back its effectiveness) and aloe vera (which we talked about in the last recipe). If you have oily skin, one popular remedy is to add a little clay powder.

Mix the ingredients well to make a paste. Apply to the affected areas three times a week.

Almond and coconut oil

Almond and coconut oil.

Coconut oil and almond oil are really good for caring for the skin and deeply hydrating it. Both contain vitamin E and other essential nutrients that are key to regenerating the skin and eliminating stretch marks.

Directions

Mix equal parts almond oil and coconut oil, then apply to the affected area.

Repeat this treatment every day, once in the morning and once before going to sleep.

In conclusion, there are several options you can try at home to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Remember that the key to success is consistency. On the other hand, the best way to reduce your risk of getting stretch marks is to maintain a healthy weight.

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  • Hajhashemi M, Rafieian M, Rouhi Boroujeni HA, Miraj S, Memarian S, Keivani A, Haghollahi F. The effect of Aloe vera gel and sweet almond oil on striae gravidarum in nulliparous women. (2018). ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28521546
  • Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson. (2018). Home Remedies for Stretch Marks: 5 Ingredients to Try. healthline.com/health/home-remedies-for-stretch-marks#aloe-vera