In as much as some stretch marks might look pretty (especially those light zebra stripes that appear on your butt), some are just a little too noticeable and can cause problems with self-image and anxiety.
Stretch marks occur when your skin changes shape rapidly due to rapid growth/weight gain and weight loss.
When stretch marks first appear, they tend to be red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown, depending on your skin colour. Early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and can be itchy.
Getting rid of stretch marks in a completely natural way isn’t likely. However, there are some remedies that can help minimize the appearance of stretch marks and help them to fade more quickly.
1. Moisturize your skin
Good skin elasticity may help to reduce the impact of stretch marks. The skin relies on moisture to maintain this elasticity, so a good moisturizer that’s gentle on the skin and helps lock in moisture can help to keep your skin supple.
2. Vitamin A
Simply using a topical extract of vitamin A, or taking vitamin A orally, can contribute to your skin’s health and overall appearance. A diet rich in certain foods, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, might also help you increase your vitamin A levels.
3. Hyaluronic acid
Collagen production can be stimulated with hyaluronic acid. Collagen is the protein in your skin that allows it to keep its shape and appear healthy. As we age, it decreases in our face and our bodies. Hyaluronic acid can be absorbed by consuming a capsule or extract.
4. Stretch mark creams, lotions, and gels
Usually, no one product will do the job — and some don’t seem to help at all but be rest assured, we have discovered some helpful hacks.
If you want to try one of these creams, lotions, or gels to fade stretch marks, be sure to:
- Use the product on early stretch marks as treatments seem to have little effect on mature stretch marks.
- Massage the product into your stretch marks since Taking time to massage the product gently into your skin may make it more effective.
- Apply the product every day for weeks because if you’re going to see results, they will take weeks to appear.
5. See a Dermatologist
If you’re very troubled by your stretch marks, consult your doctor who may recommend a more intensive treatment. Microdermabrasion, which is often used as a treatment for acne, may be beneficial in reducing the appearance of stretch marks encourages collagen production in the skin which increases the elasticity and helps the skin to contract the marks into much thinner scars.