Creating new life is a beautiful thing—the capabilities of a woman’s body are nothing short of amazing. And while your stomach is growing, your skin is glowing and you are preparing for your bundle of joy, everything seems great. But once your baby is born, you may start to notice things your happiness blinded you to before—like stretch marks.
Stretch marks are streaks or stripes on the skin, most commonly found on the abdomen that are caused by distension. As your skin expands to accommodate baby, these marks show up and scar your skin.
While stretch marks are certainly nothing to be ashamed of, many women find them unattractive and embarrassing. Stretch marks can also be caused by extreme weight gain, and other common areas include breasts and thighs. There are a variety of natural treatments that are said to remove or reduce the size of stretch marks, including:
Apply castor oil to the affected area, and gently massage it in for five minutes. Place a cloth over the area and apply heat with a heating pad for 30 minutes. Repeat daily, and expect results in about a month.
Egg whites are full of amino acids and proteins. Whip raw egg whites with a fork, and apply a thick layer over the affected area with a makeup brush. Allow the egg whites to dry, and rinse with cold water. Apply olive oil throughout the day to keep the area moist. Expect to see results after two weeks.
The natural acidity of lemon juice helps remove stretch marks, acne and other scars. Apply lemon juice to your marks, allow drying for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Other methods include potato juice, sugar, Aloe Vera and shea butter. There are also over-the-counter and prescription creams and supplements you can use to reduce stretch marks. More extreme methods include elective laser surgery.