Stretch Marks

Natural Remedies for Stretch Marks

You don't have to stretch your budget on your stretched skin. Since lotions and creams can only help stretch marks fade, it might be worthwhile to try some homemade remedies.

Although many people suggest that vitamin E reduces or prevents scarring, there is no scientific evidence that it works [source: University of Miami Department of Dermatology].If you want to try taking matters into your own hands, there are a couple of things you can do. Some people say that a daily massage helps keep stretch marks at bay. And although there isn't a lot of evidence in favor of it, some studies suggest that wheat germ oil can reduce stretch marks in their early phases.

Moisturizing with cocoa butter or shea butter is another oft-mentioned remedy for stretch marks that has little scientific backing. Keeping your skin moisturized is never a bad thing, however, and many experts recommend doing it several times a day. Make sure you're not allergic to cocoa butter or shea butter before you try this recipe, and remember that stretch marks appear in the dermis, while lotions only penetrate the epidermis, or upper layer of skin. So don't expect any significant changes.

Although there may be several anecdotal claims concerning various home remedies, most sets of scientific data haven't been able to pinpoint anything in particular. Most over-the-counter products, such as glycolic acid, Vitamin C or retinoids, tend to perform better in tests than home remedies. Prepare to pay a little more for these products, however, if you choose to use one. Glycolic acid treatments, for example, can cost around $100.

Stretch marks don't only affect your looks; they can also cause pain and discomfort. Find out why on the next page.