Stretch marks affect the majority of us at some stage in our lives, but help is at hand! Here’s our top 10 natural remedies for stretch marks.
What are stretch marks?
Whenever our body increases in size more quickly than our skin cells can replicate themselves, the result can be stretch marks on our skin.
There is no doubt that some people are more susceptible to stretch marks than others, but periods of sudden growth very often cause this problem. Common situations that lead to stretch marks are :
- Puberty when young people often significant growth spurts
- Pregnancy when the skin of abdomen is stretched to its limit
- Intense muscle building/gym work, when muscle mass is increased quickly
- General weight gain, that is sudden and significant
Stretch marks usually start as thin red or purple lines or streaks on the skin, and they feel to the touch like thin scars. They often lighten over time to form silvery lines on the body.
Here’s our top 10 natural remedies for stretch marks:
Whilst they can be difficult to eradicate completely, the following natural remedies for stretch marks can lighten these marks and help them to fade over time.
1. Derma Roller
We include this here as many people have given positive reviews after using the derma roller for their stretch marks.
It has also been recommended for male pattern baldness as it works in the same way in both situations, (see our article on natural remedies for hair loss).
A simple, hand-held appliance, the derma roller consists of hundreds of micro needles that stimulate collagen production in the skin. Collagen helps promote healing and repair within the skin, so can assist the body to self-heal the stretch mark damage.
However, some people find it painful and would rather apply a topical cream. The rest of our list consists of beautiful natural products to help soothe, moisturize and ease the appearance of stretch marks.
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2. Calendula Cream
Calendula, made from the amazing Marigold plant, is one of the most healing products available. Capable of healing wounds and promoting healthy granulation of the skin, it’s a wonderful natural product to apply to stretch marks.
It’s so gentle and restorative for the skin that it makes a great topical cream for eczema or contact dermatitis too.
3. Argan Oil
We really do love this oil! Present in many over-the-counter, so called ‘natural’ stretch mark creams, most of them contain harmful additives that are damaging for the skin long term. Argan oil is one of nature’s natural remedies for stretch marks. Great for all skin types, apply this generously to stretch marked areas and massage in gently. It will moisturize, soften and can ease signs of stretch marks over time. Always buy a product that is simply 100% argan oil, and buy organic if you can. We like Pura D’or for their Organic, 100% natural Argan Oil.
Further reading: See our article for the full range of uses of Argan Oil.
4. Coconut Oil – Nature’s natural remedy for stretch marks
Organic, cold-pressed Coconut Oil has so many health benefits and uses both internally and externally. Now readily available, both on-line and in many retail outlets, this amazing oil is easy to apply. Simply warm a small amount in the palm of the hand and gently massage into areas of the skin affected by stretch marks. It’s worth spending time with the massage and this is healing in itself.
Further reading: See our article on 31 fantastic recipes using Coconut Oil.
5. Our DIY Homemade body butter for Stretch Marks
Made with cinnamon oil and a beautiful blend of essential oils, this homemade remedy will moisturize and rejuvenate skin and help lessen signs of stretch marks – naturally!! Click here to read more!
6. Vitamin E Oil
Apply liberally to areas affected by stretch marks to keep skin feeling supple and soft and to reduce the signs of scarring.
7. Jojoba Oil
High in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, Jojoba Oil has healing properties. By improving the condition of the skin and stimulating skin cell rejuvenation, it can help with stretch marks. Simply massage gently into affected areas.
Obviously, prevention is better than cure, so it’s always better to apply to the skin before the formation of stretch marks. So, for example, during pregnancy, apply to the abdomen early on to help the skin cope with the demands. Always use a good quality, organic product such as the reputable brand of Now Foods for our jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is one of the best natural remedies for stretch marks but it can be pricey, so take your time when choosing a quality oil.
Mixed with Coconut Oil and Honey, Jojoba Oil makes an wonderful hair treatment and we’ve written a recipe on how to make a fantastic hair mask recipe.
8. Potato Juice
A dietary staple, the good old potato is packed with vitamins and minerals, perfect for skin health, together with starch which is a natural emollient.
Simply slice a fresh, raw, organic potato into thick slices and gently rub the cut side (without the peel) onto the stretch marked areas. Leave the potato juice on the skin for approximately 10 minutes, then gently rinse away with warm (but not hot) water. Applied on a daily basis, this makes a cheap but effective way of tackling stretch marks.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera makes an excellent house plant, and its gel is excellent for skin and areas affected by stretch marks. The leaves of the plant contain a gel which is easily obtainable when you break off a leaf from the main plant.
Gently squeeze the leaf to extract the gel, and apply gently to the stretch marked areas of skin. Leave for 20 – 30 minutes, and then gently rinse of with warm water. Pat dry and then apply our Homemade Aloe Vera and Almond Oil Moisturiser.
10. Rosehip Essential Oil
Where only small areas of skin area affected by stretch marks, consider using Rosehip Essential Oil. Whilst this essential oil can be used directly onto the skin, we recommend diluting it in a base oil such as almond oil or wheatgerm oil.
Mix 15 drops of Rosehip essential oil with 20mls of the carrier oil, and gently massage into the skin. Wheatgerm and almond oils also have therapeutic effects on the skin, so this makes a lovely combination. A lovely organic Rosehip oil is this one from Pura D’or again.
That concludes the list of natural remedies for stretch marks. Remember to share this list with friends if you’ve had any success with the treatment!