As your body grows and expands over the course of your pregnancy, your skin tightens and is pulled over the new forming mass. This tight stretching of the middle layer of your skin or the tearing of the tissue underneath results in stretch marks. These stretch marks are normally known to appear sometime around the sixth month of your pregnancy.
Much like packed schedules, enlarged breasts, and change in sleeping patterns, post-pregnancy stretch marks are another reality that you have to accept after giving birth. While they may be annoying to look at, there’s always a way out. While stretch marks never completely disappear, it is possible to reduce their appearance.
Read ahead to find out various tips and recommendations of how you can get rid of these stretch marks and go back to having smoother skin.
- Oil massage treatment:
Massaging the affected areas gently is one of the best ways to treat post-pregnancy stretch marks. Massaging is known to help boost blood circulation and causes the scar tissue to break up, thereby speeding up the healing process. You could use olive oil, vitamin E oil, castor oil, coconut oil, or even sesame oil for massaging.
- Aloe treatment:
Aloe vera is known to promote healing of the skin and have a soothing effect. It is recommended that you use fresh aloe vera gel from the plant rather than the gels you get in the market, for best results. You could rub the gel directly over affected areas and wash it off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water.
- Egg whites:
The proteins present in egg whites help speed up the rejuvenation process of your skin and promote healing. Whip up two egg whites in a bowl and apply on to the affected areas using a brush, after cleaning the areas with water. Leave it on for a few minutes to let it dry, rinse it off, and pat dry.
Honey possesses some great antiseptic properties that help in the healing process. You can apply it to the affected areas using a brush or cotton. You can even make a scrub out of honey, salt, and glycerine for better results.
- Lemon juice:
The acidic qualities of lemon juice work wonders on the skin, especially in healing marks and spots. Apply and massage fresh lemon juice on the affected areas and rinse off with water after 10-15 minutes.
- Stretch mark creams:
There are specialized creams designed to treat post-pregnancy stretch marks. They are made with unique ingredients and formulas to help speed up the healing process and make the stretch marks fade slowly.
While all of these methods and remedies are effective in their own ways and will show results with time, it’s important to accept that the marks will not completely go away. Be patient and gentle with yourself and your body. Each mother is a warrior for going through so much, for creating life within themselves. The stretch marks are nothing but a sign of that.