First of all let’s be clear, stretch marks can’t ever be completely removed. They occur when there’s a tear in the middle layer of our skin; the dermis, this then forms scar tissue. No pills, creams or surgery can do anything about this occurence. However, there are quite a few treatments which can help with the appearance of the stretch marks, such as the ones listed here. There are also some natural treatments which can potentially reduce their appearance. How well these methods work will depend on the individual.
Cocoa butter essentially is a vegetable fat which has a number of hydrating properties. It contains antioxidants and essential vitamins. This means it can soften and smooth the skin. The butter needs to be used on a regular basis and over time can aid in the fading process. It can also be used as a preventative measure during pregnancy to keep the skin soft and supple as well as helping to prevent the dermis from tearing.
Vitamin E Creams
Unlike Cocoa Butter these creams have performed very well in clinical trials. Tests involving pregnant women who are shown that the use of the cream results in fewer stretch marks than those given a placebo. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties which can promote skin health; especially elasticity. These may help on current stretch marks but the greatest impact from its use will be found if the cream is used before the stretch marks occur.
Massaging has numerous benefits, but for stretch marks it can speed up the healing process. A massage can help speed up circulation and stimulate the flow of blood. This helps to evenly distribute collagen around the problem area. You can use cocoa butter or vitamin E cream along with the massage for even better results. This treatment should be done consistently in order to see the best results.
For this natural remedy, It works because the honey can help break down the scar tissue and the salt can aid in exfoliating the top layer of skin, revealing the fresh new skin below.
How to Make Salt and Honey Scrub for Stretch Marks Reduction:
- Combine 1 tablespoon of honey
- ½ tablespoon of salt
Stir them together and massage the solution into your skin for several minutes and rinse. Do this twice a day for several weeks and you should begin to see benefits. Results may even be visible soon after the treatment.
This is by far the most natural method – just wait and let your body do the best job at healing it can! When your stretch marks first occur they’ll be in their worst and most visually obvious state. At first they’ll usually be red/purple/pink in color, but after a few months they should then turn to a less obvious white/silver color. They may then continue to fade further for up to 2 years and sometimes beyond. The above methods and techniques may be able to speed the process up.