Stretch marks are fine lines that appear on the skin due to sudden weight gain or pregnancy. They commonly occur on the abdomen, thighs and beasts. Here are some of the major culprits of stretch marks:
- Fast weight gain- this is the most common cause of stretch marks since the sudden weight gain results in stretching of the skin leaving marks which may stay on the skin permanently, even after losing weight.
- Puberty- when you grow really quickly, especially during puberty.
- Inappropriate use of corticosteroids- corticosteroids can reduce the collagen levels which results in appearance of stretch marks.
- Genetics- if someone from your family is prone to stretch marks problems, it is possible that you will have the same problems as well.
Stretch marks are difficult to eliminate, although there are cases when the skin completely recovers and stretch marks disappear.
Here are some simple and effective natural remedies which can help you get rid of stretch marks:
Oil Massage of the Affected Area
Vitamin E, cod liver, olive, flaxseed or coconut oil are very effective in removing the stretch marks. Massage the area regularly.
Regular physical activity has also proved to be very effective in reducing stretch marks. Exercises increase the skin`s elasticity.
Drink Lots of Water
Our skin is made up of 64% of water and therefore you need to drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and avoid drinking soda and coffee.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has numerous beneficial uses. It is rich in nutrients that can be effective in treating a number of skin conditions, including sunburns, pimple inflammation, wrinkles, cuts, eczema and stretch marks. Cut the leaf of aloe plant, extract the gel and apply it on the affected area.
Exfoliation (removing of the dead skin cells) is very important since it aids the process of skin regeneration.