Best ways to get rid of Stretch Marks

How to get rid of Stretch Marks

Best ways to get rid of Stretch Marks 

What are Stretch marks?

Stretch marks are long streaks seen on the skin after pregnancy, sudden weight gain or sudden weight loss. They are otherwise called striae (stria).

They are commonly seen over the abdomen (belly), hips, shoulders, back, breast, buttocks and thigh.

They are fine scar under the outer layer of the skin.

What causes stretch marks?

Whenever there is a sudden overstretching of the skin due to causes like pregnancy, abdominal swellings like ascites and sudden weight gain, the middle layer of the skin is damaged. This leads to tearing of the fibers of dermis and epidermis which in turn produce scarring. The scars are called stretch marks. Stretch marks are also seen in endocrine disorders (Cushing syndrome) and in patients who use steroids often.

Stretch mark due to pregnancy is called Striae gravidarum.

What are the symptoms?

In early stages stretch marks are seen as red or pink streaks and there may be itching or burning sensation. Slowly the stretch marks fade and seen as thin silvery lines. They create cosmetical problems (psychological and emotional distress).

Treatment to get rid of stretch marks

There are thousands of products available in the market to remove stretch marks. However, these products fail to produce desired effects on the stretch marks. They may not fully remove the stretch marks, but they may help to fade away the stretch marks more quickly. They are more effective when applied on early stages.

Surgical treatment

Laser stretch mark removal

High energy laser lights are used to remove thin layer of skin around the stretch marks so that a new layer of skin is formed.

Mechanical Microdermabrasion or Dermabrasion

Scraping (wounding) the topmost layer of the skin over the stretch marks promotes the growth of new and healthy skin.

Abdominoplasty

This is otherwise called as tummy tuck. Here the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin along with the stretch marks are removed

Medical treatment

Trofolastin cream, alpha-tocopherol, panthenol, hyaluronic acid and menthol cream can be used.

Aluminium oxide crystals, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid can be used as a chemical peel to peel off the top layer of the skin.

Natural treatment to get rid of stretch marks

Lemon Juice: fresh lemon juice can be applied over the stretch marks, rub it with upward circular motion and wash it after 15 minutes this will help to get rid of stretch marks.

Lemon juice with cucumber juice:  Equal amount of lemon juice and cucumber juice are mixed together and can be applied and washed after 15 minutes.

Castor oil: Gently massage castor oil over the stretch marks, give hot water fomentation and wash it after 30 minutes.

Potato: Cut potato and rub the cut ends over the stretch marks, allow it to dry for 30 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.

Egg white: Massage egg white over the stretch marks and wash it off after 30 minutes with cool water.

Sugar or salt Scrub: Sugar or salt can be added to honey, coconut oil or olive oil and rubbed with upward circular motion.

This removes the topmost layer of the skin so that new skin is formed.

Honey, olive oil and sugar scrub can be used.

Aloe vera gel and vitamin E: Add 50 ml of aloe vera gel and 50 ml of olive oil and cut and squeeze 5 vitamin E capsules into it and apply it over the stretch marks.

Papaya and sugar can be used as a scrub.

Honey olive oil and oats can also be used as a scrub.

Light treatment: Infrared light or ultraviolet light can be used to fade the stretch marks.

Well balanced Diet

Eat well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and Keep the skin well hydrated by drinking lots of fluids.

These steps can help to get rid of stretch marks naturally.

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How to Stop Hair Fall Naturally

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How to Stop Hair Fall Naturally

Hair is an important part of the body that indicates a person’s gender, health, age, race, religion and social status. It plays an important role in their personal identity and is a symbol of youth and vitality. Hair loss is one of the biggest cause of concern among youngsters. So people spend a lot to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.

Normal persons may have around 1,25,000 to 1,50,000 strands of hair on their scalp. The normal life span of a strand of hair is about 3 years after which it sheds naturally. Normally a person sheds around 80 to 100 hairs per day. When hair shedding is more it may lead to thinning of hair and baldness (Alopecia).

Causes of Hair fall (Alopecia)

There are many causes of Hair loss. They are advancing age, genetic factors, conditions where there is hormonal imbalance like pregnancy, people on birth control pills, and lactating mothers.

Mental and physical stress, sudden severe weight gain or weight loss can also produce hair loss.

Side effects of drugs like antibiotics, steroids, chemotherapy drugs for cancer and radiotherapy can increase hair loss.

Diseases like hyper thyroid and hypo thyroid, auto immune disease and other severe general infections can also induce hair loss.

Infections of scalp, lice infestation, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis of scalp and allergic conditions can produce loss of hair.

Nutritional deficiencies like protein deficiency, deficiencies of iron, calcium, vitamins (mainly vitamins A, Biotin and pantothenic acid) and deficiency of minerals like Zinc can induce loss of hair. Over dose of vitamin A can also cause hair loss.

Other causes like vigorous massaging or vigorous combing of wet hair, using very hot hair dryers and hair straightening rods and tying hair very tightly can also cause hair loss.

Frequent hot water bath can cause hair loss. Using hair tonics, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes and hair oils with lots of chemicals can cause hair loss.

How to Stop Hair Fall

Do’s to stop hair fall and promote hair growth

Correct nutritional deficiencies. Take high protein diet like eggs, fish, meat and nuts to correct protein deficiency.

Take milk and yogurt (contain Biotin)

Treat and prevent iron deficiency by eating lots of green leafy vegetables, dates, dry fruits and liver.

Eat lots of multi colored fruits and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Add almonds, walnuts and ground nuts which are rich in protein, zinc, vitamins and minerals.

Drink plenty of water. Drink amla (Indian goose berry) juice and green tea.

Take bath with luke warm water. Give a gentle massage to the scalp.

Dry your hair gently. Allow it to dry naturally.

Use clean combs and brush.

Trim the split ends regularly.

Reduce stress and exercise regularly.

Treat the cause of hair loss and associated diseases.

Use natural remedies to stop hair fall.

Don’ts to stop hair fall and increase hair growth

Do not tie hair too tightly. Avoid shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and hair dye with lots of chemicals.

Do not use hair dryers, hair straightening rods or hot hair curlers.

Avoid vigorous combing and toweling wet hair.

Do not use chlorinated water for bath.

Avoid smoking. It will reduce blood supply to scalp and hair follicles.

Natural Ways to Prevent and treat hair loss

Coconut oil

Gently massage scalp with coconut oil or coconut milk and wash it after 1 hour. Coconut oil is a good conditioner.

You can also massage with olive oil, almond oil or mustard oil. Heat the oil a little and give a gentle massage to the scalp to improve circulation. A mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil can be used.

Oregano oil

oregano oil helps to treat dandruff. It stops hair fall and promotes hair growth. It acts as an antifungal and antibiotic.

Aloe vera gel

Massage scalp with aloe vera gel and wash it off after 45 minutes.

Curry Leaves

Curry leaves are rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, proteins and minerals which prevent hair loss. Amino acids present in curry leaves strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. Curry leaves help to retain the luster and color of the hair.

Onion

Rubbing cut end of onion or massaging scalp with onion juice improves the blood circulation to hair follicles and scalp and promote hair growth. Onion acts as a good anti bacterial. An enzyme called catalase, present in onion prevent pre mature graying of hair. Sulfur and poly phenols present kills lice and prevents dandruff.

Garlic

Garlic destroys harmful bacteria and stimulates hair growth.

Indian goose berry (Amla)

Amla contains anti-oxidants, Vitamins, minerals and amino acids which strengthen hair follicles. It acts as a good conditioner and effective to treat dandruff. It stimulates hair growth and prevents premature graying of hair.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers and leaves are rich in vitamins and amino acids. They stimulate hair growth, prevent dryness, breakage of hair and prevent premature graying. They add volume to hair and give color and luster to hair.

Best homemade hair oil to prevent hair fall and improve hair growth

Boil Amla (Indian goose berry) pieces, curry leaves and few hibiscus flowers and leaves in 100ml of organic coconut oil.

Filter it and store it. Gently massage it into scalp, cover scalp with a shower cap. Leave it overnight and wash it off with luke warm water.

Fenugreek seed paste, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar can be used as mask. They can be used individually or together to stop hair fall.