What will help fade existing stretch marks?

Stretch marks can be very unsightly and can be a cause for social embarrassment ok awkwardness. Many people with stretch marks give up sports and hobbies that would reveal their stretch marks. Although you can use various homemade remedies for stretch marks, these remedies will only help to lighten the marks and will not eliminate them completely. It is necessary that you have realistic expectations when you start these treatments as they require many months of dedicated efforts to show minimal healing. However, if you stick to a daily skin care regimen, the treatments will definitely help fade existing stretch marks.

It is important to understand the exact cause of stretch marks. Stretch marks are caused by the tearing of the middle layer of the skin. This layer is normally extremely elastic, but if the elasticity itself is diminished or there is rapid growth, this layer cannot stretch adequately and as a result it tears. Stretch marks are most common in young adolescents and pregnant women. They are generally reddish or purple lines that fade gradually to a lighter color. Stretch marks often appear on the abdomen, the upper arms, thighs, hips and buttocks.

A body scrub has been seen to be one of the most effective home remedies to help fade existing stretch marks. Make your own body scrub for stretch marks by mixing equal quantities of coarsely ground rice flour, coarsely ground walnuts and regular sugar. Blend an avocado and add it to this mixture so that you get a thick coarse oily paste. Gently massage your stretch marks with this paste using circular motions. Do not apply pressure as you may damage your skin instead concentrate on scrubbing it gently for a longer period. You can use lukewarm or cold water to rinse it off. If possible, do this for at least 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night before you go to bed.

Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter have been found to be exceedingly useful to help fade stretch marks. Mix equal amounts of these two ingredients and massage it into your stretch marks after you have used your scrub and after your daily shower. You can also add a few drops of lavender oil to increase the effectiveness of this moisturizer. In addition to this, make sure that you daily diet contains plenty of proteins which will help to repair the damaged tissue to a certain extent.

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