Let’s talk stretch marks. Because pretty much all of us, men, women, children can get them and most of us have them.
They’re streaks or lines that appear on our skin. These marks happen to stand out a bit because they’re a different colour. They can be purple, bright pink, light grey, or a variation of these colours, and when you touch them, they can feel slightly ridged or indented.You can get stretch marks in lots of different places, ranging from your stomach and thighs and buttocks, to your upper arms and breasts.1
They don’t look exactly the same on everybody. Some are long, some are short, some are bumpy, some are smoother, some are itchy. You can have red stretch marks, grey/white stretch marks, uneven and dimply stretch marks…see what we mean?
Stretch marks can look uneven:They can look bright red/pink (they usually start off looking darker and fade over time):2
….as well as grey:
They can appear on the buttocks/thigh area:
It’s not uncommon for people to develop stretch marks if they’re using certain types of steroid creams and tablets, and if stretch marks run in their family.
When it comes to stretch marks, a lot of people wonder, ‘Do stretch marks go away?’ It is possible for some, not all stretch marks to fade over time.But in terms of doing or using something to make them go away, there’s no specific treatment or magic wand that will get rid of them overnight. However, there are some treatments that are designed to help reduce the appearance of them. They include:8,9
1. Sugar scrubs
Some people swear by sugar scrubs to carry out some at-home microdermabrasion, which works by exfoliating your skin. If you’d like to give it a try:
2. Aloe veraIt’s not been clinically proven as a stretch mark remedy however, it is widely renowned for its skin softening abilities. Apply aloe vera directly from a plant to your stretch marks after you bathe. (For the lowdown on aloe vera read, ‘Aloe vera: benefits, dosage, side effects.’)
3. Coconut oilLike aloe vera, coconut oil is a great for moisturising skin and when applied to stretch marks, can help soften the skin and help reduce their visible appearance. (For more on coconut oil read, ‘4 things you can use coconut oil for.’) Shop Natural Beauty
Last updated: 23 December 2020