6 Natural Hacks To Treat & Reduce Stretch Marks!
It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, stretch marks can appear and develop during any time of rapid growth; height or weight, and sudden changes in hormones. During these periods of weight change, your skin may produce stretch marks as a natural reaction to the sudden alteration in your body shape. That’s right, they can form even if you lose weight, too – not just if you gain weight.
It may surprise you to know that 80% of the people living in the US have stretch marks on their body . Commonly believed to affect women more than men – paired with pregnancy and hormonal change - but men can also develop this type of scaring throughout their life, too. And, for some of us, it is all dependent on our genetics and the way our skin copes with sudden changes. You might just be more prone to developing them in your DNA, but that doesn’t mean they have to be something that you’re stuck with.
What are stretch marks?
A stretch mark is a type of scar that appears in the middle layer of your skin - this is the layer that supports your skin’s elasticity. As your skin stretches too tightly and suddenly, this layer will break apart, resulting in dark red or purple tear marks, visible on the top layer of your skin. Over time, these marks will fade and become almost translucent and shiny, similar to scar tissue.
They normally appear in the early stages of life, particularly when you’re pubescent, with your body changing quickly over a short amount of time. The bottom, thighs, breasts, stomach, and arms can be the most common places to find them. This is the case during pregnancy - the skin has to stretch a lot and at a rapid rate, resulting in a lot of women suffering from stretch marks on their abdomen.
How To Reduce Stretch Marks?
There is more than one way to get rid of stretch marks, and although you may find yourself tempted to spend some money, you can achieve the same results using natural, more cost-effective options.
NOTE: It is important to love your body and the skin that you’re in, but there is no harm in wanting to edit a few lines and bumps here and there, especially if it will make you feel more confident. We believe that all bodies are beautiful, and stretch marks should be embraced, however, we want you to feel your best, so there's no harm in trying some natural methods to help them fade.
Take a look at the six ways you can reduce the appearance of your tiger stripes.
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a secret weapon when it comes to treating and repairing your stretch marks. This vitamin group contains organic compounds which include retinol, retinoic acid and provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene, all proven to help improve the health and appearance of damaged skin.
Incorporating more Vitamin A into your diet and your skincare routine is simple and easy. Why not add foods such as; carrots, sweet potato (which are packed with beta-carotene), eggs, vegetables (orange & yellow) and dark green leafy vegetables to your diet? With such an abundance of Vitamin A, they will help support your skin, supplying you with beneficial levels of retinol.
When it comes to your daily skin care routine, Vitamin A is found in retinoid creams, too. It has been proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen in your body . This vitamin will stimulate the development of new blood vessels in the skin which can improve and enhance the skin color, helping rid any grey undertones and dark spots too.
2. Coconut Oil
An oldie but goldie, coconut oil has incredible healing and moisturizing properties that are perfect for supporting the reduction of scars and stretch marks . Whilst the vulnerable skin is in the "red stage", applying coconut oil every day can take away some of the dark colorations and speed up the healing process. As the red/purple color beings to fade, the stretch marks will become “silver” and shiny - hardly noticeable.
Coconut oil is a cheaper option, compared to the medical treatments available - with the added bonus of applying the oil in the comfort of your own home. Why not add this to your daily skincare routine and before you know it, your stretch marks will reduce and fade.
3. Rosehip Oil
For years now, humans have been aware of the incredible healing powers of oil, and the moisturizing benefits it gives. Whether it is in your hair, skin or diet, certain oils have outstanding natural benefits that can not only help us function better, but can help reduce countless problematic skin conditions! Rosehip oil is packed with essential fatty acids that can help improve the natural hydration of your skin and support skin cell renewal, reducing the appearance of scars.
Here at Organica, our Rosehip Oil will boost the healing processes of your skin and can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scaring and aging. With the high levels of Vitamin C, our oil will help the production of collagen, helping rejuvenate and support damaged skin.
This spice doesn’t just make your food taste better, it can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Turmeric is packed full of antioxidants, perfect for supporting your skin. The anti-inflammatory and skin-brightening qualities will support the reduction of stretch mark scaring on the layers of your skin.
Pop a dash of yogurt into a tub with a tablespoon of turmeric and apply the mixture to the area of scaring you wish to reduce. Once you have spread the mixture onto your skin, leaving to dry for 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly from your body and finish with a generous layer of moisturizer. Try to apply turmeric to your problematic areas this twice a day, preferably in the morning and again at night.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…how can sugar be good for your skin? You see, the fine granules of sugar act as an incredible, natural exfoliant and stimulant for the renewal of skin cells. As you exfoliate your skin, the dead cells will shed and leave behind the new, younger layers. These layers of skin will be less affected by the scaring for the stretch marks, helping reduce them in size and appearance. Also, when applying the scrub to your body, the act of moving the mixture around in a circular motion will stimulate blood circulation and enhance the rate of healing in your skin.
Simply add a few drops of lemon juice to a tablespoon of raw sugar and mix into a grainy scrub. Massage and rub into your skin where the stretch marks are and leave for 5 – 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and moisturize with your normal skincare routine.
6. Jojoba Oil
This oil is perfect when stretch marks first begin to appear. When you notice the deep red/purple lines developing on your body, jojoba oil is perfect for preventing them from developing further. Very similar to turmeric, the oil from the jojoba seed has anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for healing damaged skin and will stimulate the growth of new, healthier skin cells.
Apply a few drops of the oil to your skin and massage in gently for a few minutes until absorbed by your skin. Use twice a day, both morning and night, and you will be able to help support your skin during times of sudden weight change and growth.
There are other options available to target your stretch marks and reduce the way they look, but they can cost quite a lot and it means that you would be undergoing a form of cosmetic surgery. Procedures such as;
There are two different types of laser therapy available, ablative or non-ablative. Both are non-invasive treatments and depending on your skin type and severity of scaring, the length of treatment will differ, too - anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes.
Ablative laser treatment targets the epidermis, generating new layers of skin that will be smoother and more even in color. Whereas non-ablative treatments penetrate deep into the middle layer of skin, the dermis, and enhance the production of collagen, resulting in youthful, plump skin, filling out the scared areas and leaving you with minimal imperfections.
An extremely popular alternative to laser therapy, Microneedling brings fewer risks of discoloration and scarring. This process creates tiny puncture wounds on the upper layer of your skin, also “damaging” the layers below the epidermis. As the needles penetrate, they promote and encourage collagen production and elastin, a process that naturally takes place when the skin has been damaged to heal and repair the wound.
Using controlled blasts of sterile micro-particles, the top layer of skin is rubbed off gently, exposing the smoother, unblemished skin below. Once the epidermis layer has been damaged, this forces the body to behave as if an injury has occurred in the treated area. New, healthy cells will form to replace the removed layer of skin, reducing the original damaged stretch marks.
Stretch marks are extremely common, with most of us noticing the odd stripe at some point in our lives. They can make us feel a down and insecure - stopping us from showing off our bodies at the poolside or to our loved ones - but there are some ways that we can reduce and treat them. Prevention can be hard, as many of us will develop them during puberty due to a sudden change of height or body shape but using the tips above can help you reduce them and give yourself that boost of self-confidence.
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