Stretch marks are formed due to the rapid expansion of the skin during pregnancy. Skin is made up of three layers and stretch marks appear in the middle layer which has a connective tissue. Stretch lines first appear as reddish lines.
Proper diet is an important fact to be considered during pregnancy not only to keep the mother as well as the baby healthy but also to prevent stretch marks. Food rich in zinc, iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin C keeps the skin supple which may help prevent stretch marks from forming. It also improves the elasticity of the skin.
Home remedies such as oil treatments, applying aloe vera gel, egg whites are considered effective home remedies for stretch marks. The basic idea is to keep the skin well moisturized. The more soft and supple the skin is, the fewer chances will be of stretch marks appearing.
Oil treatment – Regular massage of the abdomen area, thighs and chest with oils will help keep the skin smooth. Olive oil, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil may be used. This also helps to exfoliate the affected areas of the skin.
Aloe Vera Gel – This popular herb is known to diminish stretch marks. Applying aloe vera gel not only soothes the skin but helps to heal the stretch marks. The gel is easily available in the market or the gel from a fresh plant may be used.
Egg Whites – Egg whites are a rich source of protein. Applying the egg whites on the stretch marks on a regular basis not only rejuvenates the skin but also help the marks fade away.
Water – Keeping the body and skin hydrated is essential. It is also recommended to reduce the intake of coffee, tea or soda as they cause dehydration.
These are some of the home remedies to reduce stretch marks from appearing. Taking care of oneself by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a proper diet, and keeping the body hydrated is the essential to avoid stretch marks from appearing.