What Are Stretch Marks? How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

What Are Stretch Marks?

Whether you lost serious weight or had some legit muscle growth, stretch marks can make you feel self-conscious in your own skin (among other things). Get the low down on what exactly stretch marks are and how you can avoid them!

So what exactly are stretch marks?

Putting on a significant amount of weight (or gaining a lot of muscle) in a short amount of time can cause stretch marks.

During these times of growth, our skin can stretch further than it’s elastic limits which causes the elastic fibers in the skin to tear.

And those with weaker collagen in their skin are more susceptible to these tears that we call stretch marks. Once a tear in the elastic layer of the skin occurs, fine red or pinkish scars are formed under the top layer of the skin. These fade over time into a silvery-colored scar. You can often see these marks on the thighs, waist, abdomen, breasts, upper arms, lower back, hips, or buttocks.

Aside from weight gain, there are several other factors that cause these stretch marks to form. For one, genetics can play a role. The use of medications such as pills, corticosteroid creams, lotion, or steroids can also contribute to stretch marks.

They can even be caused by certain diseases like Cushing’s syndrome where the body produces excessive cortisol.

Everything You Need To Know About Stretch MarksSo what can you do?

Unfortunately, stretch marks are very common given the several factors that could lead to their formation. And there is no guaranteed way to prevent them from forming. However, there are chances that you can make in your lifestyle that could potentially reduce your chances of getting stretch marks. For example, eating a balanced diet can help so that no excess weight is gained.

Also starting to reduce foods that are high in sugar or additives can prevent not only weight gain but fluid retention. And also importantly, keep your skin hydrated by applying moisturizer to your skin and by drinking lots of water.

How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

So, you have stretch marks now. They are really nothing to be ashamed of. Did you know that almost 80% of Americans have stretch marks? So you are definitely not alone.

If you are looking to lessen the appearance of your stretch marks, however, there are some natural remedies you can try to minimize their appearance.

These remedies are a much safer option than surgical treatments and in some cases just as effective. All these can be applied to the affected area as needed.

Aloe Vera

This plant is so great for stretch marks and other skin problems because of its soothing and healing properties. You can just apply the aloe vera daily directly to the stretch marks and then clean it off using lukewarm water. Just be sure to choose an aloe vera gel with no added alcohol.


Alfalfa leaves have anti-fungal properties. They also have Vitamins E and K which are great for your skin. You can mix chamomile oil with alfalfa powder and apply that mixture to your stretch marks daily.

Castor Oil

Castor oil can be used to deal with dark spots, pimples, wrinkles, and stretch marks because it stimulates collagen and elastin production. You can apply the oil directly to the affected area and massage for 15 minutes. Wrap the affected area in a clean cloth and using a hot water bottle, apply heat.

Egg Whites

Packed with proteins and amino acids, egg whites are another natural remedy for stretch marks. Just separate the egg white from the yolk, whip, and apply. When it is completely dry, you can wash it off with water. Do this daily.

Lemon Juice

The natural acids found in the lemon juice are what will help treat stretch marks. Simply squeeze the juice out and apply it directly to the area.

Potato Juice

Potato juice often considered a superfood, contains vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and phytochemicals. It can also stimulate the production of collagen necessary to restore the damaged skin cells. Just cut a slice of potato, rub it against the stretch marks and leave it for around 5-10 minutes before washing it off each day.

Bonus tip – grated potato is actually amazing for taking the heat out of sunburn too, simply grate & apply to the affected area.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter has anti-aging properties and helps to moisturize your skin. You can massage the affected area with cocoa butter or mix cocoa butter with shea butter and Vitamin E oil to create your own homemade cream.

Everything You Need To Know About Stretch Marks SugarSugar

Not great for your skin to eat, but sugar is actually a good exfoliant when applied topically. You can mix it with lemon juice and use it to exfoliate the skin.

Lavender, Almond & Chamomile Oil

These are natural oils that can help treat skin problems including stretch marks. Mix these oils together and apply them directly to the skin.


Anyone can develop stretch marks at some point in their life, and although in some cases they are impossible to remove entirely, these natural remedies can help lighten the scars and make them less visible.

Just remember to also always keep your skin hydrated and nourished internally and externally. Eat foods that can promote skin growth and repair such as kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

In addition, staying healthy by engaging in physical activity to help your skin glow from the inside out!

Shannon loves all things outdoors such as hiking, camping, and bike riding. After her second child, Shannon was left with large stretch marks and is now passionate about helping others prevent and help reduce their own stretch marks as well as reduce other skin spots & blemishes. She can be found at SkinHealthBody.com
Shannon Kingsley