Unsightly stretch marks can deal a serious blow to self-confidence. They also happen to be very difficult to remove. Here are seven different remedies you can use to remove stretch marks on your thighs, bum, arms, back, and anywhere else they might be.
1. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is easily one of the most popular ingredients used in topical treatments for stretch marks. It has been shown time and time again to reduce the visibility of the scars. It’s not going to completely remove them, which is something that is nearly impossible. However, it can reduce their visibility drastically. So much so that you no longer see them and eventually you forget they even exist.
The cocoa butter works on stretch marks in the same way that most moisturizing agents do. By sealing moisture into the skin it produces healthier looking skin. New cells are created in the area and they have the necessary hydration to look better than ever.
Of course, there are some properties cocoa butter that help it stand out from other moisturizers. If you have the option, you should always choose a lotion or moisturizer that contains cocoa better. Always apply at night before going to sleep for the best possible results.
2. Potato Juice
Perhaps one of the strangest, yet most effective, methods for removing stretch marks is the application of potato juice. It sounds odd, but potatoes actually contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals that are really good for skincare. Not only do they contain nutrients that will repair the skin, but they also contain certain enzymes that lighten the skin and cause stretch marks to fade away.
You have a few different options when it comes to applying potato juice to the affected area. The easiest method is to simply cut a potato into thick slices. You then squeeze each slice as you rub it against the skin. Make certain that the starch and juices from the potato are coming out on the skin.
A second option is to make a juice from the potato that you keep stored in a jar. The advantage of this method is that you can add a few extra ingredients if you like. Most of the juices mentioned in this guide can be mixed with the potato juice, thus allowing you to enjoy the benefits of both solutions.
3. Aloe Vera Gel
When it comes to trouble with the skin, there’s not much that aloe vera can’t help. It’s commonly used to treat sunburn as well as acne. It can also be applied to stretch marks to improve the health and appearance of the skin in the area. Aloe vera gel works to moisturize and repair the skin while also improving elasticity.
You can purchase aloe vera gel at a store, but there’s something more satisfying about applying it directly from the plant. You simply cut open one of the leaves and squeeze the gel onto the skin. Rub it into the affected area and let it sit for about 20 minutes. It’s a good idea to do this once a day before bed.
You can also make a mixture with the gel that contains a few added ingredients. The oil from vitamin E and from vitamin A capsules make a great addition to the gel. Both vitamins have powerful regenerative properties and will boost the scar healing potential of the aloe vera.
4. Lemon Juice
There are a number of remedies and mixtures that utilize lemon juice as a primary ingredient. It turns out that the citric acid found in the lemon juice is great for lightening the skin and reducing the visibility of stretch marks. Lemon juice also contains a large percentage of vitamin C, which will boost collagen production in the area.
Lemon juice is such a great tool for eliminating stretch marks that you can rub it straight onto the skin and will eventually notice results. It’s a good idea to let it sit for about ten minutes and then to rinse the area. With lemon juice alone you should start to notice an improvement in a few weeks.
However, if you want the best results, you can mix it with any number of other ingredients. One of the most common mixtures is a combination of lemon juice and cucumber juice. The juice from the cucumber provides a soothing and moisturizing effect that pairs well with the acidic lemon juice. Another common mixture contains sugar, honey, and lemon juice. Finally, you can always mix it with potato juice for a powerful scar-fighting combination.
5. Egg Whites For Scars
Egg whites have long been used to reduce visible scars and boost skin regeneration. They are commonly used to treat stretch marks, scars from accidents, and acne scars. The best way to utilize the egg whites is to create a mask. You can use a brush to apply the whites to the scarred area. Make sure there are no yolks in the mixture.
The healing properties come from the many nutrients that the egg white contains. The most important of those nutrients is the protein. Bodybuilders eat a considerably large amount of eggs on a regular basis because they have such a high protein quantity. That same protein helps repair scar tissue and improve skin elasticity.
An egg white mask is extremely easy to make. Take two large eggs and crack them with a fork. Separate the egg yolk from the egg whites. Whip the egg whites together in a small bowl. Then, clean the area of the skin with water and apply the egg whites using a brush. Wait until the mixture has completely dried before rinsing away. You can follow up the mask with a small amount of olive oil to lock the moisture into the skin. Apply the mask daily for a few weeks and you’ll begin to notice an improvement.
6. Castor Oil
If you’re older than forty years old, then you might not have the fondest memories of castor oil. Parents often used it as a way to keep their children from pretending to be sick. No child wanted to be cured with a spoonful of castor oil. However, it actually does have some powerful healing properties. Those healing properties are most noticeable when it is applied topically to the skin.
Much like aloe vera, castor oil is commonly used to treat sunburn. It benefits stretchmarks in a similar manner. The oil heals the skin, can lighten the area, and boosts collagen production.
To get the best results, you should massage a small amount of castor oil into the scarred area. Let the area breath for about five minutes and then cover with a thin cloth. Finally, use a heating pad to apply a small amount of heat to the cloth for about thirty minutes. This will yield the best results if repeated daily for at least a month.
One final remedy involves using alfalfa. This flowering plant happens to have a high quantity of vitamin K and vitamin E, both of which are often used in skin care products. The alfalfa also contains amino acids that help the skin repair damaged cells.
Take a small amount of alfalfa powder and mix it with your favorite essential oil. For better results, choose an oil that is known to improve skin health and appearance, such as chamomile. This will create a paste. You then apply the paste to the scar and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing away.
Finding A Remedy That Works
What works for one person may not work for the next. If after sticking with a remedy for a few weeks you don’t notice a difference, then consider trying a new one. It doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Chances are, one of the above remedies will help remove your stretch marks.