Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Understanding The Stretch Marks And How Home Remedies Can Help!

Stretch marks are the scars usually seen on the abdomen, thighs and upper arms. These marks can actually ruin the entire look of yours if you are wearing a knee-length dress or sleeveless top. There are several causes of these stretch marks, which might include drastic and sudden loss of weight or sudden weight gain, a sudden change in the body size, stress and/or hereditary factors. When the skin stretches, the collagen of the skin becomes weak and leads to the formation of fine lines under the topmost layer of the skin. At first, these stretch marks appear red or pink in color; however, with time, a silver, thin line occurs on the skin surface, which is what the stretch marks.
If you have these stretch marks and want to know about some of the home remedies to lighten them, then this post would surely excite you. Read below and know about the home remedies to lighten stretch marks.

22 Useful Home Remedies to Lighten Stretch Marks

22 Useful Home Remedies to Lighten Stretch Marks

#1. Aloe Vera:

One of the wonderful home remedies for stretch marks is aloe vera gel. It is an indispensable herb that is pretty beneficial for the body, especially the skin. Because of the presence of compounds such as Glucomannan and Gibberellins, aloe vera gel is soothing for the skin and it also fastens the process of healing. These compounds increase the synthesis of collagen and fade the stretch marks. Aloe vera gel also consists of essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes that carry antioxidant properties.

For making use of this useful home remedy to lighten stretch marks, you will require fresh aloe vera gel, 5 vitamin A capsules and 10 vitamin E capsules. You simply need to take out fresh gel out of an aloe vera leaf and for doing this, simply add oil from the vitamin A and vitamin E capsules and mix well. Massaging this on the skin until it is fully absorbed, will give you the effective results when done once or twice in a day till you see the stretch marks are getting vanished. You can also apply simply aloe vera gel and leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water.

#2. Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa butter is one more home remedy that is quite effective in lightening stretch marks. It actually hydrates the skin and makes it smoother. Cocoa butter penetrates in to the deeper layers of the skin and replenishes and repairs the damaged cells.

For using this home remedy, you will require ½ cup of cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil, 2 teaspoons of beeswax, 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil, 1 tablespoon of apricot oil, 1 tablespoon of kernel oil. What you need to do is, prepare a mixture of all the mentioned ingredients and heat it till the beeswax has completely melted. Store this mixture in an airtight container in your refrigerator and apply it on the affected area or on your stretch marks for few minutes, till it gets properly absorbed in the skin. You can also simply apply cocoa butter on the affected area, two times in a day and notice the results in about two months.

#3. Shea Butter:

There is one more wonderful home remedy to lighten stretch marks and that is Shea butter. Apart from being greatly moisturizing for the skin, it possesses antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Applying shea butter on a regular basis will keep your skin absolutely healthy and also repair any damaged cells.

You would require shea butter that you simply need to massage on the affected areas or on the stretch marks and leave it on. You must note that you need to reapply shea butter on the skin few times during the day.

#4. Castor Oil:

It is well known that castor oil is used to treat skin diseases and hair fall on a frequent basis. This oil contains ricinoleic acid, or a skin-conditioning agent that fastens the healing of stretch marks and lightens them up. You will simply require castor oil and slightly warm it and massage on the stretch marks or the affected areas of the skin, for at least 20 minutes. Doing this every day before bed would be pretty helpful in getting you the desired results.

#5. Almond Oil:

Vitamin E and several essential nutrients are present in Almond oil that nourish and heal the skin very quickly. It has been proved that Almond oil is very effective home remedy in reducing scarring, improving complexion and also in making the skin smoother.

For using this as a home remedy for lightening stretch marks, you will need 1-2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil, a few drops of essential oil and mix them together. Then after, heat the mixture for a few seconds and apply all over your stretch marks and massage it in a circular motion for a couple of minutes and allow it to dry. For getting your desired results you need to repeat this two times in a day.

#6. Olive Oil:

Among all the home remedies that are beneficial in lightening stretch marks, one of the best is Olive oil that is very healthy for the skin and helps in relieving a lot of skin problems including stretch marks. The oil is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

For using this as your home remedy to lighten stretch marks, you will need extra virgin olive oil that is to be warmed lightly and massaged on the affected area for a few minutes. Make sure not to wash it off. Repeating this twice in a day would provide you effective results.

#7. Baby Oil:

Baby oil is also a useful home remedy that lightens stretch marks. It consists of vital nutrients that nourishes your skin and keep it supple and soft. This prevents the appearance of future stretch marks.

You will require baby oil to apply oil on the affected area after taking a hot shower and patting your skin dry. Massage well so that the baby oil gets absorbed in to the skin and allow it to dry naturally. This would generally take few minutes. Make use of this home remedy after taking a shower every day.

#8. Vitamin E Oil:

Vitamin E oil is most commonly found in creams and lotions that are used to remove scars and prevent skin aging. The oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that nourishes the skin and keeps it healthy. It also helps in the process of healing stretch marks and scars. Vitamin E oil also protects the skin from UV radiation to some extent.

You will require vitamin E oil capsules that you need to cut open for extracting the oil. After this, you will have to apply the oil on the stretch marks and massage for a few minutes and leave it on. Apply this oil 2-3 times in a day. You can also take a vitamin E capsule orally every day.

#9. Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil consists of anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties making it a useful home remedy to lighten stretch marks. It is good to start applying this oil as soon as the stretch marks begin to appear. This will prevent them from progressing further. It will also nourish and heal the skin and stimulate the growth of healthier new cells.

You will require pure jojoba oil for making use of this remedy to lighten stretch marks. What you need is you need to take a few drops of the oil and apply it on the affected areas of the skin and massage it for few minutes and leave it on. You can apply this jojoba oil twice or thrice in a day.

#10. Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil has an ability to fade stretch marks and scars. Moreover, it also has anti-inflammatory properties making it a useful home remedy. You will need 4-5 drops of tea tree oil, 1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil to make use of this home remedy to lighten stretch marks. What you have to do is mix the essential oil with the carrier oil and massage on the stretch marks and let it get absorbed by the skin and simply leave it on. You can apply this two times in a day to get the best results.

#11. Argan Oil:

Argan oil is known to be used in cosmetic products because of its varied benefits. It has antioxidant properties and it is also loaded with vitamin E. These nourish and heal the skin and simultaneously, lighten the scars and stretch marks. The collagen and elastic fibers of the skin are rejuvenated by application of Argan oil.

Simply take some organic Argan oil and apply it on the stretch marks and massage for a minute. The Argan oil gets absorbed in to the skin pretty easily. Make a note, not to wipe away or rinse. Doing this twice in a day regularly would get you desired results.

#12. Lightening the Stretch Marks With Rosehip Oil:

Rosehip oil is known to provide the skin with antioxidants and vitamin A, vitamin E, which enhance the production of collagen. The fatty acids present in rosehip oil increase the skin’s healing ability and reduce stretch marks and other scars on the skin. Simply take the rosehip oil and apply a few drops of it on the stretch marks in a circular motion and leave it on. In order to get the desired results, repeat this remedy twice in a day.

#13. Lemon:

Using lemon juice is actually a simple home remedy to lighten the stretch marks. Lemon juice is naturally acidic, which aids heal and lighten stretch marks and other scars on the skin. You will require 1-2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice that you need to apply in circular motion of the stretch marks and allow it to get absorbed by the skin. This would take about 10 minutes. Then after, rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer.

You can also add a tablespoon of cucumber juice and one to two tablespoons of gram flour to this to form a paste that you need to apply on your skin and allow it to dry for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeating this twice in a day every day, would be pretty beneficial in lightening stretch marks.

#14. Egg White:

The white of the egg is loaded in protein and this is useful in lightening the stretch marks. You need to collect the whites from two eggs, whip gently and then apply it as a thick layer on to the marks. Once the egg pack has completely dried, rinse it out with water and there after moisturize the area by using some olive oil.

#15. Lighten Stretch Marks With Moisturizer:

Using moisturizer on a regular basis helps the skin remain hydrated and this can actually improve the skin elasticity, lightening the stretch marks. You can use one of the commercially available moisturizers with cocoa butter or aloe vera or else make your own moisturizer at home by mixing equal quantities of aloe vera gel and olive oil.

#16. Glycolic Acid:

Glycolic acid is a chemical that is easily available in any medical store and is also considered pretty safe to apply on the skin, even during pregnancy. This increases the collagen in the skin, making it more elastic and healthy. Thus this is beneficial home remedy in lightening stretch marks. However, note that you are not going out in the sun after applying the glycolic acid, as it can cause sunburns very easily. If you cannot avoid sunlight, then protect your skin with right gear.

You simply need to take the glycolic acid and apply it on the affected area, and allow it to dry. Repeat this every day, preferably before bed.

#17. Sugar Scrub:

Sugar acts as a wonderful exfoliant and aids in the shedding of dead cells. It also improves the blood circulation and enhances the healing capacity of the stretch marks. For this, you will need 1 tablespoon of raw sugar, a few drops of lemon juice and a few drops of almond oil. What you have to do is simply mix all the ingredients for making a grainy scrub and massage it onto your skin for at least 10 minutes. Then wash it with warm water and moisturize. Using this scrub twice in a day would give you wonderful results.

#18. Coffee Scrub:

Coffee being loaded with caffeine that has high biological activity and can penetrate the skin easily, can be a good home remedy to lighten stretch marks. Coffee stimulates the degradation of fats under the skin and also has antioxidant properties. The gentle scrubbing motion while using this remedy on the skin will also enhance the blood flow to the skin. For this, you will require coffee grounds and water. What you need to do is mix coffee grounds with water for preparing a paste. Scrub this well over the affected area of the skin. It is better to scrub in a circular motion gently for 3-5 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and moisturize. You can add a tablespoon of olive oil or aloe vera gel for getting better results. Make sure you use this remedy on a regular basis for perfect results.

#19. Baking Soda:

It is known that baking soda exfoliates the skin and removes the dead skin layers, thus reducing the stretch marks. For using this useful home remedy to lighten stretch marks, you will require 1 tablespoon of baking soda, lemon juice from one lemon and cling wrap. At first, mix the baking soda with lemon juice for forming a paste and apply the paste on the affected area, wrap in cling and then allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, remove the wrap and wash with warm water. Applying this regularly will help in quick removal of stretch marks.

#20. Vicks Vaporub:

Vicks vaporub could also be a good home remedy for lightening the stretch marks. It is composed of essential oils like, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil and turpentine oil and also has camphor and petrolatum; all of these work together for moisturizing the skin and making it softer. Even though there is no actual scientific data supporting this remedy; women around the world have seen a 60% to 80% difference in their stretch marks by making use of this home remedy. Apply the Vicks vaporub on the affected area and gently massage for about 2 minutes. Then, cover the area using the cling wrap and leave it on overnight. Repeat this every night and see the effective results.

#21. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar being rich in acetic and malic acid, helps in lightening the scars. For this, you will require 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and a spray bottle. Simply pour the apple cider vinegar in to the spray bottle and spray it over your stretch marks before bed and let it air-dry. Then after, wash thoroughly in the morning and moisturize the skin well. For getting the desired results, do this every night before bed.

#22. Turmeric :

Regular application of turmeric is one of the best ways to lighten the stretch marks. Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and also has got anti-inflammatory and skin-lightening properties. Applying it on the affected areas of the skin regularly will reduce the stark difference between your skin and the stretch mark scars. You can notice that in few weeks your stretch marks are faded away to a great extent.

You will require 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of fresh cream or yogurt. Simply mix the turmeric with the cream or yogurt to make a paste. Then apply this past on the stretch marks and let it dry for about 15 minutes. Then after, rinse it with warm water and moisturize. Repeat this, two times in a day and notice how magically your stretch marks lighten to give you healthier and clearer skin.


We talked about some of the best home remedies to lighten stretch marks. Including these remedies in your daily routine will help you prevent stretch marks from appearing and also fading away any marks that are already present. Along with all these home remedies, make sure that you drink a lot of water because the skin tends to lose its elasticity when it is dehydrated. Also, take nutritional diet. Eat healthy foods that are good for skin, so as to ensure that your skin gets the requisite nutrients to heal and recover. A good diet helps the skin remain healthy.

Pramod Kerkar

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Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: March 20, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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