Natural stretch mark removal techniques include creams, lotions, diet and exercise. Many products on the market today claim they can naturally help you remove the appearance of stretch marks. However, they often fail to produce results that are satisfactory, especially if the stretch marks are older, more established scars. For these older stretch marks, laser surgery is often the only option that will be effective.
Many natural remedies for stretch mark removal are only effective in preventing stretch marks from occurring. Many of the creams and lotions contain active ingredients like Vitamin E, Collagen, and elastin, which can be effective in preventing stretch marks from occurring if used properly. Unfortunately, there is little data to support the claims that these products help to remove stretch marks. At the most, they might be slightly effective is used with new stretch marks, but completely ineffective in regards to older scars. For the newer stretch marks, these products typically succeed in only fading the scar more quickly than if left on its own.
Of course, the draw to natural remedies for stretch marks is that these creams and lotions are much less expensive than laser surgery. They are less complicated to use, for obvious reasons, and therefore accessible to everyone. Laser surgery for stretch marks, on the other hand, is only feasible for those with the money to pay for it. Laser treatments easily run thousands of dollars and multiple sessions before they are all finished. However, non-surgical means are available at most skin care retailers and do not require visits to clinics.
Of course, there are some potential risks that come along with natural stretch mark removal methods. Many of the items used for treating stretch marks are topical products that are applied directly to the skin. They contain ingredients that can be harmful. Make sure you check for ingredients that you are allergic to before applying any lotion or cream to your skin. Some active ingredients may even burn those with sensitive skin, so make sure you apply to a small test area first before applying the lotion to the whole area to be treated. Another risk of natural remedies is could end up costing you a lot of money if you continue to purchase different items in search of the one that is going to work right for you. It is not impossible to spend as much as you would on a laser treatment by trying out all the different “natural” products.
One of the best natural solutions for stretch marks is proper diet and exercise. Eating properly and getting enough exercise is a benefit to your health all around, but can be especially beneficial in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Toning the areas where you stretch marks appear can help to reduce them altogether by allowing the skin to re-tighten in that area. Make sure you target the specific areas of need when exercising and you should see a reduction in stretch marks. Combining exercise with another natural method, like using peanut butter on your stretch marks, should work doubly well at reducing the appearance of marks.
Natural stretch mark removal will never get rid of stretch marks all together, but it is possible that they can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In the end, choose your natural remedy wisely and do not expect things to change overnight.