A top dermatologist (and new mom herself) shares some at-home tips and tricks for fighting back against those pesky tiger stripes.
To clear things out: are stretch marks treatable?
The best treatment to get rid of stretch marks is prevention. If you’re pregnant, use a stretch mark prevention cream throughout your pregnancy. Once you notice them, the damage is already done. If you start too late, we’ll give it to you straight: “Stretch marks are incredibly difficult to treat without deep-stimulating devices like lasers and microneedling,” shares Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City. “At-home treatments may lessen the appearance slightly, especially during the early inflammatory phase, where stretch marks are redder and more noticeable.”
With what to prevent pregnancy stretch marks?
1) Coconut oil for stretch marks
Besides making you feel like you’re at the beach, coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory properties that help lighten and fade stretch marks. “Although it tends to be solid at room temperature, gentle rubbing between your palms offers enough heat to turn it into a liquid, and makes it easy to apply to affected areas of the body,” Dr. Nazarian adds. “Apply daily for at least three months.” Find out the science behind weird pregnancy cravings.
Believe it or not, sugar can help you get rid of stretch marks. It serves as a homeopathic microdermabrasion method to clear your skin. Mix sugar with almond or coconut oil and lemon juice and rub it over your stretch marks for eight to ten minutes several times a week.
3) Aloe vera for stretch marks
Aloe vera is super moisturizing, protects the skin from the elements, and may help to get rid of stretch marks. Aloe vera is also known for helping to heal wounds so even if it doesn’t help in miraculously getting rid of stretch marks, at least your skin will be super healthy. Don’t miss these other beauty surprises that happen during pregnancy.
4) Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid helps to boost collagen production, which is the protein in our skin that helps it keep its shape and appear healthy. It helps to increase skin elasticity, moisturize, heal wounds, get rid of wrinkles, and helps with anti-aging. Look for it as an ingredient in lotions or take a capsule.