I am one of those who thought that stretch marks only affect women who have undergone pregnancy. But I was mistaken because just recently, in one of the club meetings we had, I met a Volkswagen enthusiast, a male, who has a noticeable stretch mark. He shared that that it could be due to his weight loss that he got those marks.
Apart from pregnancy, I have learned that stretch marks on breasts and in other parts of the body can be caused by exercising as well as sudden weight gain or loss. Many women as well as men are looking for ways on how to remove stretch marks. However, there seems to be no effective topical cream or medical procedure that can totally remove those stretch marks. However, there are personal care products and natural ingredients that can help reduce their appearance:
1. Moisturizer or lotion
Moisturizing the skin daily especially after taking a bath reduces the appearance of stretch marks for those who are pregnant and trying to lose or gain weight. This is because moisturizers improve the elasticity of the skin, making it more flexible. Even for newly appeared stretch marks, you can reduce their appearance by applying lotion or moisturizer on them every day.
2. Olive oil
Olive oil is another effective product that you could use to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. You could apply it as is just like you would use a lotion, or you could also mix it with your moisturizer for a better effect. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E which has a nourishing effect to the skin.
3. Egg Whites
An egg white can also do wonders on your stretch marks. It is rich in a special type of protein that has a rejuvenating effect to the skin. You could apply egg whites to your stretch marks at least once a day, but you may also apply them up to three times a day for a better and faster effect.
4. Cocoa butter
To reduce the appearance of stretch marks, you could rub cocoa butter on that area for at least twice a day. Cocoa butter has a moisturizing effect to the skin making it flexible for any changes. You could apply it after taking a bath and before going to sleep.
5. Lemon Juice
If you don’t have any of the above ingredients, try lemon juice. Cut a lemon in two and then rub the exposed inner parts on the stretch marks to make them fade away. Aside from directly rubbing lemon onto your skin, you could also combine equal parts of cucumber juice and lemon juice and then apply the mixture on your stretch marks.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an effective treatment for many skin problems including stretch marks. It has a soothing effect to the skin and it also encourages cell growth. Simply apply aloe vera juice to the affected area every day and you will see the improvement in your skin.
Having stretch marks can leave an ugly appearance on the skin, even among males. So if you are having this kind of skin problem, you could benefit from any of the natural remedies listed here.