The Seven Easiest And Most Natural Ways To Remove (And Prevent) Stretch Marks

Last updated on : July 10 2023

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Article Summary

In this article, we cover seven of our favorite natural and easy to apply remedies for stretch marks. Follow the links in each section for more detail on their benefits, why they work, and their application.  

Remember, to see fast and positive results, choose one of these therapies, and apply them consistently. At least daily for some weeks. If necessary, rotate through the treatments until you find one that works for you.  

Loving Your Stretch Marks

Why Do We Have Stretch Marks?

Top Seven Ways To Remove Stretch Marks


Bonus Section - How To Prevent Stretch Marks

Frequently Asked Questions

Loving Your Stretch Marks

Whether we admit it or not, we always want to look our very best.

Humans are naturally stimulated by what they perceive through the eyes. Since we quickly analyze things based on what we see, we want to present our best. Not to make a good impression, but to be respectable to people and ourselves.

Stretch marks often get in the way of our perceptions, leaving us insecure in the way we look and feel. We know they shouldn't, but they still do, and often we can't help it. 

We are firm believers in loving our flaws. However, sometimes having a mechanism to deal directly with our insecurities helps. It calms us.

So we pulled together seven natural remedies to help us fight the battle stretch marks cause in our minds and on our bodies. Pamper yourself with them and feel good about your body because no matter how many marks and scars it might have, it is still beautiful

Why Do We Have Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks (also known as striae, striae gravidarum, or striae distensae) refer to the visible lines you see on the skin surface. Most commonly on the abdominal wall, buttocks, breasts, and thighs. They can cover large areas of the body.

Stretching the skin too much is their primary cause, usually through pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, heredity factors, rapid growth, stress, or any severe changes in your physical condition.

There are three primary layers that our skin has

  • the Dermis (the middle layers),
  • the Epidermis (the outer layer), and
  • the Hypodermic (the most buried layer). 

Stretching the connective tissue beyond its limits causes stretch marks to form in the skin's middle layer (the Dermis). Over time these become visible on the outside initially as thin or fine lines. 

These stretch marks appear in pink and red at the start, but over time develop into silvery looking lines. In essence, they are scars caused by the rapid expansion of the skin. 

Some people don't mind rocking their bikinis while putting their stretch marks on the display. Others, however, are more self-conscious and less keen to display them.

Top Seven Ways To Remove Stretch Marks 

If you prefer to address your stretch marks, here are seven tried and tested ways to reduce their appearance or remove them.

1. Plant-Based Oils

making argan and olive oils

There's a saying that goes, "If you have it, flaunt it!". It's not about bragging that you have a banging body but celebrating the body that you have. 

However, if you feel insecure about celebrating your form because of stretch marks, the power of a plant-based oil might be able to help you. Two of the best are Argan Oil and Olive Oil. 

Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is exclusive to Morocco. The oil contains high levels of oleic (omega 9) and linoleic (omega 6) fatty acids plus high levels of vitamin A, D, and E. These ingredients reduce skin inflammation, increase moisture levels and improve permeability, reducing the impact of stretch marks and dry skin.    

Some argon oils are made exclusively for culinary purposes. So it is better to find good argan oil, especially for the skin. You can do this by reading product reviews, labels, and doing your research.

Alternatively, try olive oil, which contains high levels of antioxidants and nutrients that help improve skin problems, including stretch marks.

Apply either of these oils directly on the affected skin area rubbing in gently. Leave on for half an hour or more to make sure the skin absorbs all the vitamins and nutrients in them. 

The key to seeing results is consistency. Make time to do this every day for long-lasting and better results.  

2. H20

pure water on a leaf

Everyone wants to get more supple and firmer skin, and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to achieve it.

Water restores the skin's elasticity, which is excellent for reducing the appearance of stretch marks.

Health professionals recommend 8-10 glasses of water per day. Some experts recommend drinking a total number of ounces per day — half of your weight in lbs, for instance. So if you're 160 lbs, you must drink 80 oz. of water every single day.

Nevertheless, it's essential to keep your body well hydrated to protect your skin from environmental hazards and help it detoxify. 

If you drink enough water, you will start to notice your skin soften because H20 molecules help maintain your skin's elasticity.

Avoid sodas as these don't have the same impact as water, add too much sugar to your diet, and cause low dehydration levels. There is no substitute for good old plain water when it comes to benefits for your skin.

3. Castor Oil

castor oil plant and bottle

Another natural treatment that diminishes the appearance of stretch marks is castor oil.

Castor oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the Ricinus Communis plant. We use it as a treatment for skin problems like age spots, dark spots, fine lines, pimples, wrinkles, moles, and stretch marks.

If you have some castor oil at home, you can use it immediately.

Gently massage the area in circular motions for around 5-10 minutes with the oil. Then wrap with a thin cotton cloth. Using a hot water bottle or a heating pad, apply light heat for 30 to 60 minutes to stimulate blood circulation.

As with all these treatments, repeat daily for best results. 

4. Aloe Vera

aloe vera leaf and bottled gel

One of the most natural and easy ways to get rid of stretch marks is with the use of Aloe Vera.

The gel from an Aloe plant is known to have healing and soothing properties. And it’s not that difficult to use. 

Either extract the gel directly from the plant by breaking open a leaf and rubbing directly on your skin. Or purchase an Aloe Vera gel or lotion.  

Apply the gel on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Try mixing 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel with ten vitamin E capsules and five vitamins A capsules. This mixture is to fasten the results by combining powerful vitamins and nutrients.

Rub the mixture onto your skin until it is fully absorbed and repeat the process daily for the best results. 

5. Egg Whites

eggs in persons hand

Isn't it a coincidence? You can find almost all of the natural ingredients that help you get rid of stretch marks in the comfort of your kitchen.

Fitness personalities talk about eggs being an excellent source of protein and amino acids, and yes, that is true. These two ingredients are most prevalent in the egg whites, so we use just the whites to treat stretch marks. 

Whip the whites from two eggs with a fork. Clean the affected area with water, then lather up a thick layer of egg white with your hands and apply it directly. Let it dry then rinse off with cold water.

Afterward, apply some olive or argan oil on the skin to keep it moisturized. Repeat every day for at least three weeks to see positive results.

6. Lemon Juice

juicing a lemon

The lemon is a naturally acidic fruit that helps heal and reduce stretch marks and other scars like acne.

Rub fresh lemon juice on the affected area in circular motions allowing the liquid to soak into your skin. Massage for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Or try combining the juices from cucumber and lemon and apply the mixture in the same way. As always, repeat daily for lasting results. 

7. Sugar

sugar cubes on a spoon

If you have natural white sugar in your kitchen, use it to battle your stretch marks and exfoliate your skin.

Mix a half cup of sugar with water to make a loose sugary paste. Apply to the affected area leaving on for a few minutes, then rinse off.

This treatment improves the elasticity of your skin by stimulating the production of collagen. Use it regularly, at least three to four times a week, for good effect. 


These are seven of our favorite natural and easy to apply remedies for stretch marks. Follow the links in each section for more detail on their benefits, why they work, and their application.  

Remember, to see fast and positive results, choose one of these therapies, and apply them consistently. At least daily for some weeks. If necessary, rotate through the treatments until you find one that works for you.  

If you're a busy professional, treat yourself at night after work. Or wake an hour early and perform the remedy before you shower and get ready for the day

Stretch marks on skin

Bonus Section - How To Prevent Stretch Marks

Although stretch marks can be difficult to completely prevent, you can take several measures to minimize their development and appearance. These include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, following a proper skincare routine, and implementing gradual weight gain and loss strategies.

1. Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle And Diet

Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water helps keep the skin hydrated and supple, promoting its elasticity. Staying hydrated also supports overall skin health and can make you look younger.

Nutritious diet: Consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids is crucial for skin health. Foods high in vitamins C, E, zinc, and silica promote collagen production and strengthen the skin.

Exercise: Regular physical activity improves blood circulation, which helps deliver essential nutrients to the skin. Exercise also aids in maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of sudden stretching that can lead to stretch marks.

2. Adopt A Proper Skincare Routine

Moisturizing: Keeping the skin well-moisturized can improve its elasticity and reduce the likelihood of stretch marks. Applying a moisturizer or oil to the skin twice a day, focusing on areas prone to stretching, such as the abdomen, thighs, and breasts, can help maintain suppleness.

Hydrating showers: Taking warm or cold showers instead of hot showers and using mild, moisturizing soaps or body washes can prevent excessive dry skin. Patting the skin dry gently after showering, instead of rubbing vigorously, helps maintain moisture.

Massage: Regularly massaging the skin with moisturizers or oils can improve blood flow and promote skin elasticity. Gentle circular motions during the massage can also help break down scar tissue and improve the appearance of existing stretch marks.

3. Gradual Weight Gain And Loss Strategies

Weight Gain During Pregnancy: During pregnancy, maintaining a healthy weight gain within the recommended range can help minimize the stretching of the skin and reduce the likelihood of stretch marks. It is advisable to consult with healthcare professionals for appropriate weight gain guidelines.

Weight management: Gradual weight gain and loss are essential in preventing stretch marks associated with rapid changes in body size. Slow, steady weight loss or gain allows the skin to adjust gradually, minimizing the risk of tearing.

Strength training: Incorporating strength training exercises into a fitness routine can help tone the muscles and support the skin's structure. Stronger muscles provide better support to the skin, reducing the strain and potential for stretch marks.

4. Tips For Pregnant Women To Prevent Stretch Marks

Belly support: Wearing a belly support band or maternity belt during pregnancy can help distribute the baby's weight and reduce the strain on the abdominal skin.

Regular check-ups: Regular prenatal check-ups with healthcare professionals allow monitoring of weight gain, nutritional advice, and guidance on maintaining skin health during pregnancy.

Moisturizing products: Using specifically formulated creams or oils for pregnant women, enriched with ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, or vitamin E, can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

5. Summary 

While complete prevention of stretch marks may not always be possible, these preventive measures can significantly reduce their likelihood and minimize their appearance. 

It is important to note that everyone's skin is unique, and individual results may vary. Embracing one's body, including its imperfections, and practicing self-love and acceptance is essential for fostering a positive body image and overall well-being. 

If you have concerns about existing or persistent stretch marks, consult a dermatologist, or healthcare professionals can provide personalized advice and treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions our readers ask the most about stretch marks.

Can you get rid of stretch marks?

You can get rid of stretch marks or visibly reduce their appearance by keeping your skin hydrated. Drink enough water and use topical moisturizing creams like argan oil, castor oil, or even coconut oil.

Do stretch marks go away if you lose weight?

Stretch marks might disappear on their own or fade significantly after losing weight or after childbirth. You can apply the natural techniques above to assist with their removal.

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