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Tried-tested home remedies for reducing stretch marks

Cheena M Gujral
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Tried tested home remedies for reducing stretch marks

Pregnancy is one of the most blissful periods in a woman’s life. And though it is one of the best periods (ask any new mommy and she will get nostalgic talking about her pregnancy), it does come with some issues like weight gain and stretch marks. While weight gained during pregnancy can be lost with some exercises and diet control post six months of delivery, it is the stretch marks that leave mommies flustered. Hence today, we will deal with stretch marks and tackle all the queries you may have about stretch marks as a new mommy and not so new mommy.

But before we deal with stretch marks let’s try and understand what are stretch marks and can you do something to prevent them in the first place.

What Are Stretch Marks?

The streaks, which appear, on your belly, hips, thighs or even breasts either in the later stages or even during the early stages are known as pregnancy stretch marks. Stretch marks happen when your abdomen expands rapidly to accommodate the growing baby thus stretching it to the level where there are natural tears in the skin. Stretch marks are not harmful either to the mommy or the baby but yes; the criss-cross lines over the skin can distress a new mommy.

What Causes Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?

Stretch marks during pregnancy are caused when your belly starts expanding rapidly to accommodate the unborn baby and the elastic fibres underneath the skin break to put up with all the stretching of the skin. So it is advisable to gradually gain weight so that there are less chances of getting pregnancy stretch marks.

How Can I Avoid Stretch Marks After Pregnancy?

You can easily avoid stretch marks after pregnancy, by gradually losing the weight gain, as the rapid gain and loss results in severe wear and tear of elastic fibres underneath the skin thus breaking out in stretch marks. Other things you can take care of to avoid pregnancy stretch marks is to

  • Eat a skin nourishing diet – the diet that keeps skin well hydrated
  • Drink plenty of water so that you stay hydrated
  • Keep the skin well moisturised with oils or lotions

What Are The Best Creams To Get Rid Of Pregnancy Stretch Marks Fast?

There are numerous creams available in the market that promise to reduce the stretch marks to almost making them invisible. So you can try those. It would be better if you consult your doctor before trying anything. You can look for cocoa butter and vitamin E oil in the ingredients before buying any cream or oil. Remember that your skin is pretty sensitive right now and hence it would be really good if consulted a good dermatologist to guide you about the stretch marks and the creams.

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks On Tummy And Hips Easily?

The best way to reduce stretch marks on tummy and hips easily is to apply the natural white sugar, as it is good way to exfoliate your skin. You can make a sugar pack by mixing a tablespoon of raw sugar with few drops of almond oil and few drops of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients well till you get a coarse paste and apply it on your stretch marks and let it dry. Once dried rinse it with water and pat dry your skin.

Will These Stretch Marks Ever Go Away?

Well, sorry to disappoint you but stretch marks don’t go away per se. But yes, may lighten over a period of time thus reducing the stress of a new mommy. You may do the following to reduce and lighten the marks. You may apply coconut water on the affected area; let it dry till you feel your skin is stretching. Once you feel the stretch you can either apply aloe vera gel or shea butter on the affected area or then rinse off the area with water, post that you can apply some moisturiser to soothe the skin. This will help you in lightening the stretch marks.

What Are The Best Home Remedies To Remove Pregnancy Stretch Marks?

There are numerous home remedies and I am happy to share some of my favourite remedies to reduce stretch marks after pregnancy - that too, naturally. Pick any one remedy for a week. Apply on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes, and rinse off with lukewarm water. Follow it up with a light massage with a moisturiser. Repeat this process twice a day for maximum benefits. The next week, pick another remedy... and so on. You will get to know on your own what's working better - so stick to 2-3 remedies that are working well for you. And yes – be regular and be patient...

  1. Coffee scrub: Mix ground coffee with water until it forms a nice, thick paste. Scrub the affected area, and rinse
  2. Exfoliating sugar scrub: Sugar is an effective skin exfoliator. Mix some raw sugar with almond oil and scrub the affected areas
  3. Turmeric mask: Turmeric is a miracle spice! Blend some turmeric with sandalwood powder and yogurt to make a face mask
  4. Liquid pack: Mix coconut water with milk for a soothing skin pack
  5. Potato juice: Rub a potato slice over the affected area; the potato juice will lowly but surely make your marks vanish
  6. Protein mask: Some egg white dabbed over the affected area really helps. Wash it off after it dries
  7. Lemon and aloe pack: – Lemon juice mixed with cucumber juice or aloe vera gel (fresh or store bought), bleaches the marks away

Few Oils To Reduce Stretch Marks

I also found essential oils and Vitamin E to be very effective in dealing with stretch marks... Here's what you can do...

  • Essential oils: These can work wonders. Blend a few drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender works well) with coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil or baby oil and keep in a small dark coloured glass container. Massage this oil in a circular motion over the affected area for few minutes. Apply before bedtime
  • Vitamin E: This can be taken orally (twice a day) or applied to the skin (oil capsules)

Remember! To prevent stretch marks while you are pregnant, it is important to keep yourself hydrated with clean water, exercise daily and to use recommended (by your gynae) skin oils from the 2nd trimester onwards.

Did you find Cheena’s natural home remedies for stretch mark removal useful? How did you reduce your stretch marks after birth? Do share your experiences and learnings with us in the comments section below. We love hearing from you!

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