How to minimize the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks?

To make room for the growing baby, the skin stretches which results in scars. These scars are called stretch marks. A large percentage of women get stretch marks during their pregnancy. When these scars first appear, they tend to be red, purple, pink,
reddish-brown, depending on the color of the mother’s skin. These stretch marks may feel itchy, however, they do not pose any harm to the body.

What they look like?

These marks appear like bright dark streaks first and then may fade to a lighter shade over time and turn into a whitish and scar-like appearance over time. Usually, stretch marks are several centimeters long and one to 10 mm wide. They have a different
texture as compared to your normal skin and sometimes look wrinkled. These stripes cover large parts of your body, especially the tummy, breast, hips, buttocks, or thighs.

Effective home remedies to remove stretch marks

Aloe vera: Among 300 species of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis also known as aloe vera is well known for its healing properties. The gel that is extracted from this plant has a calming effect on the skin which helps overcome itchiness in the skin and heals skin tissues helps regenerates the skin that leads to fading of the scars on your tummy.

You just need to remove the outer layer of the aloe vera leaf and extract the sticky gel from the inside. You can apply this gel for two to three hours and then wash it off.

Argon Oil

This miracle oil has become an important ingredient for many skincare products. It is effective for improving skin elasticity and providing hydration to the skin. Moreover, Argon oils are Vitamin E enriched, and rubbing it on the stretch marks might repair the broken tissues slowly making the marks light.

Egg white: Eggs whites are abundant in amino acids. The combination of amino acids and proteins makes it a superfood for the skin that is affected by scars. To lighten the marks, you can directly apply egg whites on your tummy and wherever the marks have appeared. However, bear in mind that stretch marks only disappear after constant applying the solutions and they take time to heal.

A concoction of Cucumber and Lemon juice

To heal the skin after pregnancy, nothing works better than natural acidic products. And the icing on the cake is, these natural acids are readily available in the form of lemons. Try using a combination of cucumber juice and lemon extracts to provide a cool
soothing effect giving your skin a fresh feel. You need to keep this mixture applied till it gets soaked up by the skin. Keep it on your skin for approximately 10 minutes and rinse it off by using warm water.

Potato juice

For stretch marks, starch works really well. This skin lighting enzyme is present in potatoes in an adequate amount. You must have seen potato’s usage to cure dark circles. Potatoes are helpful in removing spots and making the skin unblemished and flawless. Potatoes bleach the skin and efficiently diminishes the visibility of stretch marks. You can apply potato juice twice a day.

Healthy lifestyle

After pregnancy, preventing stretch marks completely is not possible but healing them is totally in your hands. You can stop the occurrence of those marks with the help of a healthy lifestyle. Drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of nutritious foods, and getting regular exercise can keep weight stable and promote good health in general which eventually reduces the chances of you getting excessive stretches on your skin.

Medical Treatments

Some women also opt for laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and needling that are three clinical treatments for stretch marks.
Researches have shown that these treatments improve the appearance of stretch marks. However, before going for these treatments, you should consult a dermatologist who can tell you whether you’re a candidate for these procedures or not.
These treatments are expensive and sometimes can pose skin risks. Generally, doctors do not recommend these treatments to those women who are first-time mothers and may plan a second child after a while. In other scenarios, people should discuss possible risks and benefits with their surgeon before undergoing any such procedure.


A woman should feel good in her skin. Stretch marks should not be considered ugly marks. And the fact is, removing them completely takes a lot of effort. The best treatment for stretch marks appears to be prevention by keeping your skin hydrated and doing enough exercise to keep your body flexible.