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Top 10 Remedies to Remove Stretch Marks

Top 10 Remedies to Remove Stretch Marks

Have you ever noticed the leather bag that you carry with all the stuff under the sun? It gets so stretched that it reaches the limit of its elasticity. It is then, when you see those wrinkle type marks on your old overused leather bag. You discard it and buy a new one. But you cannot do this with your own skin! Yes, your skin is composed of elastin which can be thought of as a soft elastic tissue. It is soft, supple and stretchable but it too has its own limits. Some situations exert extra pressure on your skin such as sudden weight gain or loss, pregnancy and even rapid growth of your body during teenage. Sometimes while exercising too, you stretch your body out of its limits. In such situations you get those thick red or purple lines on your skin which is popularly known as stretch marks. Gradually these lines do fade away and become white or silvery white in color but they don’t go away on their own. You have to put efforts to remove these stretch marks. Here are some home remedies to help you with your task.

Natural Remedies to Remove Stretch Marks

1. Apricot Mask to Remove Stretch Marks

Many people use apricot scrub for rapid removal of stretch marks from their skin. However, I am giving you the recipe of a mask made from apricot that you have to apply on your stretch marks daily for at least a month or more.

Get these things:
• Apricots- 2-3
• Lukewarm water- enough to wash off your skin having marks.

Do this:
• Cut open the apricots and remove their seeds.
• Crush the fruits to get their paste.
• Apply this apricot paste on your stretch marks.
• Leave for about 15-20 minutes.
• Now wash off with warm water.
• Repeat everyday (you may initially do it twice a day) for a month.

2. Aloe Vera to Remove Stretch Marks

Benefits of aloe vera are now very popular among the fans of home remedies. This herb has in it the plant collagen which excellently repairs human skin too. Use, as far as possible, the fresh aloe gel taken from the leaves instead of using store bought gel.

Get this:
• Aloe vera leaf

Do this:
• De-thorn the aloe vera leaf and remove its outer skin.
• Take out the sticky gel from the inside of the leaf.
• Apply this fresh aloe gel on your stretch marks.
• Now forget it for two hours.
• Wash off with water after this couple of hours.

3. Oils to Remove Stretch Marks

Natural oils are excellent emollients and they have these capacity to treat all scalp and hair problems as also skin issues including stretch marks. You just need to identify the right type of oil for the very purpose. You should ideally gently massage your skin having stretch marks with oil for about half an hour daily. However, just applying oils to the marks (something near to soaking them in oil) can also do wonders. If doing so, you need to apply oil for about three to four times a day. Olive oil, with all its antioxidant properties and loads of nutrients, is considered one of the best oils for removing stretch marks but there are many other oils that you can use. They too are good when it comes to curing stretch marks. Here is the list.
• Olive oil
• Lavender oil
• Rose oil
• Frankincense oil
• Myrrh oil
• Geranium oil
• Helichrysum oil
• Chamomile oil

The best thing will be to mix certain oils and then apply to the marks. Here’s the recipe.

Get this:
• lavender oil- ½ tsp
• Chamomile oil- ½ tsp
• Almond oil- 2 tsp ( you can use any other carrier oil like avocado oil, jojoba oil etc. in place of almond oil)

Do this:
• Mix lavender, chamomile oils with almond or the other carrier oil that you are using.
• Mix them well.
• Apply this oil mix to your stretch marks daily.
• Do this preferably thrice or four times a day.

4. Potato Juice to Remove Stretch Marks

This is the cheapest and one of the rapid home remedies for stretch marks. Potato is a super food due to its many components like essential fatty acids and a variety of phytochemicals, like carotenoids and polyphenols. It also has loads of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin-C, B-complex, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Because a potato is capable of stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis, it can effectively restore skin cells fading away your stretch marks.

Get this:
• Potato- 1 (medium sized)
• Knife- to cut potato
• Lukewarm water- to wash off

Do this:
• Cut the potato into thick sized slices.
• Take a slice and rub it gently over your stretch marks. Ensure to apply its juice all over your marks.
• Leave it for 5-10 minutes.
• Wash off with lukewarm water.

Home remedies for Stretch Marks

5. Lemon Juice to Remove Stretch Marks

Lemons have been recognized as fine natural bleaching agents beyond doubt. The alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and vitamin C in lemons can efficient;y remove the dead skin and make your stretch marks disappear fast.

Get this:
• Lemon- 1
• Warm water- to wash off

Do this:
• Cut the lemon into 2 halves.
• Take a half piece of lemon and gently rub it on your stretch marks.
• Feel it’s juice soaking into your skin.
• Do this for at least 10 minutes.
• Then wash off with warm water.

To make it a superfast remedy for stretch marks, you can mix lemon juice with other ingredients in equal quantities (for example 1tbsp lemon juice with 1 tbsp other juice):
• Lemon juice with cucumber juice
• Lemon juice with potato juice
• Lemon juice with tomato juice.

6. Cocoa- Shea Butter Homemade Cream to Remove Stretch Marks

If you are fed up with all the stretch removal creams available in the market, make your own at home. You’ll be using some very commonly available ingredients for this home made cream- those that have been recognized as most skin friendly ingredients by all – cocoa butter, Shea butter and vitamin E oil. The natural antioxidants and emollient properties of cocoa butter lends it excellent moisturizing ability which penetrates deep and fast into the skin repairing it and removing stretch marks. The fatty acids of Shea butter, which has been used by Africans since ages, aids cocoa butter in repairing the skin further. As Shea butter melts at body temperature, it can be absorbed by skin very fast. Vitamin E in your cream is a powerful antioxidant which will penetrate through the layers of your skin and assist its natural wound healing process while removing the scars on it.

Get this:
• Cocoa butter- 2 tsp
• Shea butter- 2tsp
• Vitamin E oil- 1 tsp

Do this:
• Melt the Shea butter and cocoa butter.
• Add vitamin E oil to the melted butters.
• Mix well.
• Store in a container.
• The cream will get into solid state once it cools down.

Each time when you apply this cream on your stretch marks, it will melt as soon as it comes in contact with your skin. Apply this cream at least twice a day after having bath.

7. Egg Whites to Remove Stretch Marks

Egg white contains 40 different proteins. You can understand why it is so beneficial for skin health. Egg whites are also rich in collagen and vitamin A and thus can treat scars or burns too effectively. So go ahead with this remedy and apply egg white on your stretch marks. It’s as simple as this-
• Take out the egg white by separating the yolk from the egg.
• Beat the egg white a little with a fork
• Apply on your marks.
• Leave for 15 minutes
• Wash off with water.

Apply some moisturizer or oil (like olive oil) after you pat dry the area.

8. Alfalfa to remove Stretch Marks

Rich in amino acids, vitamins E and K, this herb,Alfalfa is used by many to fade the marks away. You may also give it a try as they are said to be great skin toners.

Get this:
• Alfalfa Powder- 1 tsp
• Chamomile oil- few drops to make paste

Do this:
• Mix alfalfa powder with chamomile oil and mix well.
• Apply the paste to your stretch marks.
• Leave for 15 minutes.
• Wash off with water.
• Do this thrice a day.

9. Drink Water for Hydrated Skin to Aid Removal of Stretch Marks

No remedy will work effectively if your skin is not always hydrated and full of suppleness. Drink enough water (if enough means 8-10 glasses for you, have at least this much!) Not only hydrated skin detoxifies your body but also restores the lost elasticity of the skin.

10. Eat Well to Remove Stretch Marks

Apart from keeping your skin well hydrated, you also need to keep it well nourished. Lack of nutrients inside your body can never give you full benefits of creams, lotions, oils, masks or any other thing that you apply externally on your skin.

  • Have a good amount of proteins daily. Beans, fish, egg whites, yogurt, nuts and seeds like those of pumpkin, squash, and watermelon seeds, peanuts, almonds etc.
  • have foods high in Vitamin C and E to encourage growth of skin tissues. Peppers, guavas, dark leafy greens, broccoli, gooseberries, papaya, oranges, strawberries are high in vitamin C. Spinach, nuts, kale, olive oil, tropical fruits like papaya and kiwi, wheat all are rich in Vitamin E.
  • Have seeds and nuts rich in mineral content (especially zinc) during your pregnancy. This tones up your skin well.
  • Avoid saturated fats in your diet as they make you gain weigh and obesity can cause stretching of the skin giving you those ugly stretch marks.

About Sara

Sara is a Boston-based registered dietitian who works with clients to improve their health by optimizing nutrition. You can find her running, sweating in hot yoga, cooking in the kitchen, dining out, or exploring. Eating Food-Mostly Plants, and improving our relationship with food, is the secret to lifelong health in her eyes.


  1. Sowjanya Sravanthi

    useful tips

  2. Hi…i will ask if the stretch mark can remove if more 15year? Thanks…

  3. Thanks for the remedies. Really useful to me 🙂

  4. so cocoa butter isn't a good way to help stretch marks? I'm in my third trimester I haven't got them yet but I'd like to have my skin prepared!

  5. So so thanks its very good tips

  6. Randi Lynn Dunham

    I hear coconut oil works well, too bad I didn't hear about it sooner :-/

  7. So we can use it also to the wrinkles and it will heal, if this can heal the broken skin?

  8. thanks ,, how are you and your family

  9. thanks for the information ,now i know what i will wanna do to remove my strech mark

  10. i hope potato juice does help … lemon not reallly

  11. Interesting! For stretch marks cocoa butter I think best remedy. 🙂 thanks

  12. yep everything is possible i suggested that u use either lemon juice or oils

  13. Lehlogonolo Meliccah


  14. Which type of potatoes? Is it Iris or Sweet Potatoes?

  15. If you are trying to avoid stretch marks during your pregnancy drink a lot of water! To keep your skin hydrated. I also use this all natural product called Sieva Stretch Mark Cream that I found on amazon and my stretch are almost gone! I Use it everyday. good luck ladies !!

  16. Annie M. Eurdekian

    i will try on my legs hope it works !

  17. i will go with the Egg's white, to remove the wrinkles, as it is rich with collagen. Collagen is what keeps the elasticity of our skin : )

  18. please which of the cocoa butter cos i am using Easy Tone Cocoa Butter

  19. Starapple Luckson You can use Palmers Cocoa Butter as if you are not comfortable you can also try dermology stretch marks cream for that. Thanks!

  20. Im gong to mix some of these ingredients together and make a paste out it.

  21. My wife have a stretch marks on her breast and her legs,then after she will try to use dermelastic Serum from dermelastic.com and she got great result.

  22. Elizabeth Maldonado

    Is this product good for old white stretch marks

  23. Elizabeth Maldonado

    Yes, I tried potato juice and it helps on my hips of old ste
    tch mark

  24. Where can I buy LEXTRen?? In Philippines?

  25. I'm so interested with this remedies…i will try

  26. Mom is not doing well but dad is fine..thanks for asking

  27. Kurama Eclair …..Hi tahnks for tip…can we apply this for face.

  28. Kurama Eclair ….thanks for the information Eclair…….keep smiling catch u later buddy…

  29. one of best way to remove stretchmarks during the pregnancy try to use dermelastic Serum. really it's work awesome my wife also using that product she got amazing result now she have no any stretch mark on her tummy.

  30. Really? Pls how does it work and can I get it?

  31. So Which One Of These Do Yahll Recommend? With Results Shown

  32. I used DermalMD Stretch Mark serum on my stretch marks from years ago and they are fading. My son has growing stretch marks that are dark purple and after using the cream for two weeks the marks have faded greatly. I hope for them to be completely faded soon.

  33. Egg Whites and lemon juice are the best one

  34. Egg Whites will work well on wrinkles.

  35. you can go for it…Coconut oil is also one of the best remedy to cure and to prevent stretch mark

  36. With home remedies it is possible. However you have to use it regularly for long period to get the desired result.

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