Unappealing stretch marks can make one cringe at their own body. They can make you prone to body shaming. It’s likely that you may have covered your stretch marks with clothing or makeup at one time or another.
For many women, stretch marks are the worst feature of pregnancy. They feel that the stretch marks mar their attractiveness and make a long-lasting change in their physical appearance.
Commonly associated with pregnancy, stretch marks can occur on anyone. Medically, stretch marks are referred to as stria or striae. Pregnancy-induced stretch marks are called striae gravidarum.
Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks usually appear due to dramatic weight loss or gain, such as during the growth spurt in adolescence or rapid weight gain during pregnancy.
The hormonal imbalance at puberty and in pregnancy or menopause is also a factor that gives rise to stretch marks in a female body. The hormonal imbalance reduces the skin’s elasticity and makes it more prone to dryness and damage.
Lack of collagen, which provides the skin its elasticity, can also make a person prone to stretch marks quickly.
Symptoms of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks usually appear as bands of parallel lines on the skin that exhibit a different color and texture than the natural complexion of your skin. They may be red, pink, blue or purple in appearance and may fade to silvery-white with time.
Body parts like the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, breasts, upper arms and armpits that have more fat content are more prone to getting stretch marks than other areas.
Stretch marks that occur during pregnancy often feel sore and itchy.
How to Prevent Stretch Marks
Stretch marks, especially those resulting from pregnancy, can’t always be prevented even though many creams and lotions promise to do so. What you can do is keep yourself well-hydrated and eat a healthy and diverse diet. Consume foods that will keep your skin in the best of its heath and maintain its elasticity.
Stretch marks aren’t harmful and may go away on their own with time, but you may want to get rid of them for cosmetic purposes. Remember that stretch marks never disappear completely, but their appearance can be diminished to varying extents depending upon individual conditions.
If you feel that none of the expensive creams have delivered the promised results, you can use some tried-and-true home remedies for stretch marks that will deliver without any side effects.
Here are four proven natural remedies to get rid of stretch marks fast.
How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks
Method 1: Use Castor Oil
Castor oil is an easy, natural cure for stretch marks. The foul taste and laxative prowess of castor oil rarely let it be recognized as the asset to the skin that it really is. When used topically, castor oil rarely produces any side effects.
Between 80 and 90 percent of castor oil is comprised of ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid which makes castor oil a blessing to the skin. This fatty acid gives the oil its hydrating, moisturizing, healing and repairing properties. As an added bonus, it keeps acne and signs of aging under control.
Single-Step Treatment: Apply castor oil on stretch marks for 15 min
- Apply castor oil on the stretch marks with a cotton ball.
- Massage the affected skin with the oil for about 10 minutes. Castor oil is extremely viscous, almost six times more viscous than olive oil. Massaging will help work the oil into the skin.
Include this practice in your daily routine until the stretch marks fade away.
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