Stretch marks: causes, myths, home remedies for treatment and prevention
Stretch marks are hated by everyone. Anyone who has lost or lost weight shudders at the thought of stretch marks. By the way, do you like stretch marks? I mean, I just ask 😛
Stretch marks are scars on the skin that are healed. These are caused by overstretching the skin. They are mainly found on the breasts, stomach, upper arms, buttocks and thighs. They can be pink / red at first but fade to white / gray.
The tendency for stretch marks to develop depends on the amount and location of the protein elastin in the skin. It is possible, but very difficult, to reverse a stretch mark. Although laser and other expensive cosmetic treatments are easily available in India today.
If you have stretch marks, you may be prone to getting them. If you are overweight or have gained weight, weight loss can prevent new stretch marks and prevent existing ones from widening.
Stretch marks can develop in women as a result of pregnancy. Most of the time, pregnant women develop stretch marks towards the end of their pregnancy. Gaining excess weight during pregnancy or having multiple pregnancies increases the chance of developing stretch marks.
Please do not self-medicate with oral corticosteroids or steroid creams and lotions.
Myths about stretch marks
One of my friends told me late that she had stretch marks on her thigh and was using an imported moisturizer. I explained to her that moisturizers, oils, creams, lotions, butters, etc., cannot prevent or cure stretch marks. She grimaced and asked me to shut up 🙁
Stretch marks are not the result of dry skin, but rather an overstretching of the skin. If only moisturizers could have caused skin contraction, they could have helped.
Aside from cosmetic / laser treatments, there are several ways to prevent and reduce stretch marks. The best part is that these are pocket-friendly home remedies 😉
Home remedies for stretch marks
In my hometown, mothers are massaged with castor oil after having a baby. The massage is followed by a hot water bath. This custom is known to reduce wrinkles. Used by many modern institutions to help a woman get rid of stretch marks. Castor oil has moisturizing properties that help smooth out the wrinkles. Therefore, an oil massage followed by a hot water bath can eliminate stretch marks.
The acidic nature and bleaching properties make lemon the best remedy for healing and reducing stretch marks. Using lemon for stretch marks is easy. Take fresh lemon juice and rub your stretch marks in a circular motion. Make sure the juice is soaked well, let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Repeat this routine and see how it flares up.
Aloe vera contains healing and soothing properties that can help the skin become elastic again, making it a great remedy for stretch marks. Rub some fresh aloe vera gel on the stretch marks.
Egg white contains amino acids and proteins that can heal stretch marks. Beat 2-3 egg whites and apply with a brush or sponge. Let it dry completely and then rinse it off with cold water. When your skin feels dry to the touch, moisturize it.
Taking supplements like vitamins A, E, and B is also helpful.
If your problem is loose skin after weight loss, read the solutions here.
Do you know any other remedies for stretch marks? Please share with us!
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