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How to get rid of Stretch Marks Fast

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What are Stretch Marks?

Striations on the skin surface (striae) that results from excessive stretching and rupture of elastic fibers in the dermal layer of skin can tear the dermis and produce scars known as stretch marks.

Causes of Stretch Marks

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Sudden gain or loss in weight
  3. Puberty
  4. Heredity
  5. Hormonal disorders
  6. Stress
  7. Dry skin has less elasticity than oily skin, which makes it more prone to stretch marks
stretch marks picture

Body Areas Susceptible to Stretch Marks

  1. Abdominal wall / Belly.
  2. Breasts.
  3. Thighs.
  4. Upper Arms.
  5. Buttocks / Gluteal region.

Best Options for Fast Removal of Stretch Marks

Natural Remedies To Reduce Stretch Marks at Home

One can get rid of ugly stretch marks quickly and safely at home. Following are some of the well known home remedies:-

Water Intake

The easiest way of reducing stretch marks is to consume 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. This keeps your skin hydrated, which in turn maintains the detoxification level of skin pores, thereby restoring skin elasticity as well as removing stretch marks. Avoid beverages like tea, coffee, soda as they cause dehydration.

Balanced Diet

A healthy diet is essential for removing stretch marks. Your diet should include surplus amounts of Vitamin A, E and C. Lets take a look at some of the food sources which are helpful in reducing stretch marks:

Animal sources:  Beef, pork, cod liver oil, Egg yolk, Milk, Mozzarella cheese and Yoghurt

Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, turnip green, mustard green, cauliflower, carrot, sweet potato and cabbage

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts

Vegetable Oils: Sunflower oil, soybean oil

Fruits: Mango, Apricot, lemon, oranges, strawberry and pineapple

Intake of these Vitamins nourishes your skin & keeps it hydrated, thereby reducing stretch marks.

Sugar

White Sugar is good for exfoliating dead skin & getting rid of stretch marks. Apply a mixture containing 1 tablespoonful raw sugar and a few drops of lemon juice and almond oil over your stretch marks 4-5 times a day, preferable before taking a shower.

Potato Juice

Potato juice is highly rich in various essential vitamins and minerals that are responsible for growth & restoration of healthy skin. Take a thick potato slice & rub it gently onto your stretch mark region for 7-10 minutes. Leave it on until dry and then wash it with lukewarm water. It helps in reducing scars & stretch marks.

Topical Applicators & Massage Therapy

Aloe Vera Massage

Aloe Vera is highly beneficial for the skin. One can massage the affected skin with Aloe Vera & leave it for a few minutes, then wash this part with lukewarm water.

One can also add a few drops of oil from Vitamin A and Vitamin E capsules to 1/4th cup of Aloe Vera Gel and rub it on the stretch marks at least twice daily. Leave the paste on for a few minutes so that the skin can absorb it. This helps eradicate stretch marks.

Lavender and Avocado Massage

Things needed:  An ounce of Avocado, small amount of Jojoba or sweet Almond Oil, Lavender Oil (7 drops) and Chamomile (few drops)

Intermix all the above mentioned ingredients, apply the mixture onto the stretch marks & massage with this at least thrice a day. This would reduce stretch marks to a great extent.

Alfalfa Leaves Massage

Alfalfa leaves possess anti-fungal property & are rich in Vitamins C, K and proteins which provide a healthy body tone & skin texture. A toned body is less likely to develop stretch marks. Apply a paste of Alfalfa leaves (crushed to powder form) and Chamomile oil onto the stretch marks 2-3 times a day. The results will be visible within a few weeks.

Ground Coffee & Collagen Lotion Massage

Apply a paste of powered Ground Coffee beans and Collagen moisturizing lotion like Kollagen Intensiv™ onto the affected skin area, massaging thoroughly. Leave it for 15 minutes and clean the skin with warm water thereafter. Repeat twice a day.

Olive Oil Massage

Olive Oil is rich in Antioxidants and Vitamin A, D & E. Regular massage reduces stretch marks by increasing blood circulation of that area thereby improving the skin texture. Applying a mixture of olive oil, water and vinegar at bed time serves as a good moisturizer which exfoliates dead skin cells.

Wheat Germ Oil Massage

Wheat Germ Oil has an extremely pungent smell so one can mix it with sweet almond / olive oil to reduce the smell. Do a gentle massage onto affected areas at bedtime for best results.

Vitamin E extract & Cocoa Butter Massage

Cocoa Butter possesses the ability to penetrate the second layer of skin & heal up injured parts and reduces the skin stains.

Apply a mixture of cocoa butter and Vitamin E extracts on the stretch marks and massage gently. Repeat it 2-3 times a day. Effective results become visible within a month.

Stretch Mark Creams

These include various stretch mark creams & oils manufactured specifically for reducing the ugly stretch marks. Skinception™ Intensive Stretch Mark Therapy is one such product which claims to visibly reduced stretch marks.

Other Treatment Options

Exercise

One must include Exercise Therapy in their routine lifestyle. Exercising regularly tones up the muscles, improves blood circulation, relieves stress and maintains elasticity of the skin thereby reducing the risk of stretch marks.

Ultrasound

Ultrasonic beams penetrate deep into the skin & enhance the metabolic rate of the body, increasing blood circulation & thus reduced stretch marks.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy involves the use of laser beams for deprecating stretch marks. This therapy uses the two following modes:

1. A pulsed dye laser (aka vascular laser) therapy is often used for recent & fresh stretch marks.

2. A fractional laser treatment (aka laser surfacing) can be used to get rid of older stretch marks.

Mesotherapy

This includes the sub dermal injections of collagen & amino acids which improves skin texture, exfoliates dead skin cells & reduces stretch marks.

Abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck)

Abdominoplasty is an expensive procedure that involves surgical excision of stretch marks.

We have listed all the possible options which one can have while trying to get rid of stretch marks. Choose your option wisely.

By  March 28th 2013

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