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Ways of reducing and removing stretch marks

The skin is the largest organ of the body because of its elasticity, which lets it expand and contract as required. Far too much stretching can cause damage to the tissues. The regular stretching and growing of the skin results in stretch marks.

Stretch marks can occur on all skin types. Anyone can become its prey. These often appear on the belly, hips, breast and thighs. They look like streaks or lines. Many women experience stretch marks during pregnancy.  Other reasons for stretch marks are the growth of the body in puberty and changes in the body, such as weight gain or muscle building.

Although stretch marks are not painful, they lower the confidence level and self-esteem of a person.

 

Here are some ways to reduce and remove stretch marks:

  • Laser therapy: It is one of the newest technologies used to remove stretch marks. The laser is a highly focused UV light that penetrates the skin from epidermis down to the dermis. The focused beam targets the affected area causing a minor trauma, which results in the healing mechanism of the body and ultimately repairs the damaged elastin fibre.
  • Plastic surgery: Plastic surgery is another option to remove stretch marks. Here, the excess skin is removed and tightened. For plastic surgery, a person has to have an optimum weight and should not smoke. Plastic surgery is not designed for removal of stretch marks but can be used to do so.
  • Maintaining weight: Gaining too much weight or building muscle causes the skin to expand and hence, stretch marks occur. To keep it at bay, the right weight should be maintained with proper diet, oil massages, and adequate exercise.
  • Moisturizing: Moisturizing is one of the best ways to remove stretch marks. It not only prevents but also helps in reducing them. Moisturize your skin twice with good quality oil to keep the skin hydrated. Moisturizing also helps improve circulation.
  • Tretinoin: Tretinoin is also termed as Retin-A. It is not recommended during pregnancy. However, it is a widely used cream to reduce stretch marks. This cream seeps down deep into the skin and repairs the collagen.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle can help avoid stretch marks from developing. One should drink plenty of water, maintain a proper diet along with physical activities to maintain a good weight, hence, keeping stretch marks away.

Some home remedies for stretch marks:

  • Aloe Vera:  Aloe Vera is a herb, filled with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes that have antioxidant properties which work wonders for any type of skin problems. It helps not only to hydrate but also to repair the skin. With the presence of glucomannan and gibberellin, the skin increases collagen synthesis to remove the stretch marks.

How to use:

Take out fresh gel from aloe vera leaves, add some vitamin A and B capsules. Mix it properly and apply directly on the stretch marks. Massage gently until it gets absorbed in the skin. Do this twice daily and see the magic.

  • Sugar scrub: Scrubbing of sugar on the affected area helps in exfoliating the skin and removes dead cells. It helps improve blood circulation and enhances the healing process.

    How to use:

Take one tablespoon of sugar, add few drops of lemon juice and olive oil. Make a paste out of it and rub it on the skin for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and then moisturize the skin.

  •    Coconut oil: It is trusted for its healing properties and is found to repair the skin. Coconut oil helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

How to use:

Take a few drops of coconut oil and apply directly on the affected area. Massage it gently until it absorbs. Do this twice a day.

  • Extra virgin olive oil: Olive oil is extremely healthy for the skin and helps in getting rid of stretch marks. It is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

How to use:

Take a few drops of a good quality olive oil. Massage it for at least 10 minutes. Repeat this twice a day.

  • Cucumber and lemon juice: Lemon is known for its bleaching agent and is used widely for removing spots and scars. Whereas, cucumber is known for its soothing effect, leaving your skin fresh and supple.

How to use:

Take 1 tablespoon of each, lemon and cucumber juice. Mix it well and apply on the affected area. Let it sit for 10 minutes, later wash it off.

 

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