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Stretch Marks Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks Home Remedy

Stretch Marks are a form of scarring which occurs as a result of rapid stretching of the skin. They initially appear as red or purple lines, and then eventually fade to a light pink or white hue. The affected area is usually very soft to the touch.

While stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, they usually appear in locations where the body stores more fat. Common places therefore include the stomach area, breasts, arms and armpits, thighs, hips, and buttocks. In most cases, stretch marks do not pose any health risk and are mainly an annoyance.

Causes of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching and tearing of the skin, usually as a result of rapid growth. Common reasons include:

  • Puberty
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid weight gain or obesity
  • Fast muscle growth due to exercise

While the scarring is permanent, a stretch mark can diminish slightly over time. Some home remedies can also be used to reduce the visual appearance of affected skin areas.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Stretch Marks

Cocoa Butter Massages

While it is not known why, many people have found that massaging cocoa butter into skin areas affected by stretch marks can help reduce the appearance of the scars. This works particularly well for individuals with darker skin tones. A suggested remedy is to massage cocoa butter over the stretch marks once a day. The stretch marks should begin to appear lighter in about a month.

Researchers speculate that the massaging of scarred areas helps stimulate blood flow and distributes collagen evenly in the affected areas. Collagen is a protein responsible for skin strength and elasticity.

Coconut Oil

Many women have found that Coconut Oil is an excellent natural treatment for stretch marks. The oil can be massaged into the affected areas 3 times per day. This can also be combined with the Cocoa Butter remedy listed above.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps reduce scar tissue on both the inside and the outside of your body. Therefore, a simple home remedy is to massage Vitamin E oil onto the stretch marks each day after showering. Many women have found this treatment to work well on stretch marks after a pregnancy, although results vary significantly.

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  1. on said:

    How long does it take to see effects if I use coconut oil on my old stretch marks? I have tried so many other remedies like Bio oil and Vitamin E but don't see any difference.

  2. on said:

    @ Waithira, try applying coconut oil or grape seed oil onto the marks. I use coconut oil at night and grape seed oil during the day. I find that they are helping me.

  3. on said:

    I have stretch marks on my bum and boobs and this is quite uncomfortable. Please help.

  4. on said:

    Keryl Lyngdoh - Applying Coconut oil, Argan oil, and Grape Seed oil onto the stretch marks keep the skin moisturized and minimize the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Also applying fresh lemon juice onto the scars/stretch marks for about 30 minutes or longer (even for overnight if you like) lightens the scars, dark spots, and stretch marks. To avoid itchy skin, keep your skin well moisturized with coconut, Argan or Grape Seed oil and you won't get any more stretch marks!

  5. on said:

    Hi, I have stretch marks on my legs, bum, boobs, and thighs. It realy embarrasses me. I have these marks because I feel itchy snd scratch when I'm on my period so please help me.

  6. on said:

    Hi, I am 22 and I have never enjoyed wearing short pants or dresses since my stretch marks are all over my bum, and thighs. I'm always embarrassed when it comes to taking my clothes off in front of people. What do I use?

  7. on said:

    I'm 21 years old. I'm upset for having many stretch marks. They are on my arms, breasts, and thighs. Please advise me on what I can do?

  8. on said:

    Hi, did your stretch marks get better? I mean since your post. I really hate them on my boobs, the other parts I can live with but up there - I just can't. I don't live in the USA and I hope I can get this serum you mentioned where I live.

  9. on said:

    Apply fresh lemon juice to your stretch marks every morning and let it soak 4 about 15min. Then rinse it off and pat dry. Mix cocoa butter solid formula, coconut oil and olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Once all mixed well. Let the mixture cool and refrigerate the mixture. Apply it to stretch marks daily. Hope it helps!

  10. on said:

    I hate stretch marks. It is changing my skin to a darker tone.

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