Stretch marks, while normal and common, are not universally accepted. Many of those people who have stretch marks prefer to see their skin clear, and therefore might seek to lessen or eliminate stretch marks. Here we take a look at what causes stretch marks, and some natural, non-invasive products to help reduce them.
Stretchmarks and What Causes Them
Certain bodily factors can affect one’s propensity for stretch marks, and different environmental factors can cause them directly as well. Females (children and adults alike) are more likely than males to get stretch marks. This is in part due to the expected stretch marks to show up during pregnancy.
A family history of stretch marks increases the chances that a person develops them. Bodily changes such as growth during adolescence, and especially rapid weight gain or loss, are liable to cause stretch marks as well.
The reasons to reduce or rid stretch marks essentially are tied to aesthetics. Stretch marks aren’t a mystery; they don’t require diagnosis or treatment. They are merely considered worth avoiding because they blemish the skin. That being said, one certainly has the right to diminish stretch marks if they so please, or they can leave them be without causing harm to themselves.
Remedies for Stretch Marks
Medical treatments, such as laser therapy, exist for treating stretch marks. But these procedures are often expensive, relatively invasive, or both. Home remedies, on the other hand, are accessible and potentially very helpful. Here is a look at some of the simplest and most highly recommended remedies touted for diminishing stretch marks.
Vitamin D might be helpful in relieving stretch marks, since deficiency in this vitamin has been linked to the formation of stretch marks. This is likely because vitamin D combats oxidative stress which affects the health of skin.
Aloe vera is one of the most popular skin remedies of all time, both now and in decades past. Aloe vera has been well-shown to help skin heal from wounds and burns alike. It is thought that because stretch marks are their own form of skin damage, aloe vera can be helpful in treating them. More research is needed to verify this claim.
Witch hazel is a flowering plant harvested and used as an astringent, meaning that it acts to help tighten the skin. This effect has the potential to reduce the incidence of stretch marks.
Almond oil is often contained in skin moisturizers, or you can go seek it out on its own. It is very helpful not in directly treating stretch marks, but in improving the health and moisturization of skin when used consistently. It is an excellent product to use in tandem with a more specific remedy for stretch marks for the sake of all-around healthy skin.
Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient with the potential to improve skin condition and directly diminish the size and appearance of stretch marks. This kind of acid has a beneficial effect on skin elasticity. However, more research is needed to really confirm its direct effect on stretch marks. It is predominantly used in moisturizers and other skin products.
Remedying stretch marks might be possible with patient use of one or more of these products. We recommend that you reach out to a doctor or dermatologist to discuss the possibility of using any of these products before doing so. When used in tandem with good health and lifestyle choices, one of these remedies just might make a significant difference.