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How to Lighten Stretch Marks

author image Leigh Wittman
Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.
How to Lighten Stretch Marks
How to Lighten Stretch Marks

Stretch marks often occur during pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss and puberty. When they first appear, stretch marks tend to be a shade of red, varying from bright reddish pink to a deep purplish red. Though the stretch marks cannot be completely removed, their appearance can be dramatically diminished with proper care, according to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice."

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Step 1

Exfoliate your stretch marks and the skin surrounding them daily with a sugar scrub. Make the sugar scrub by mixing 3 tablespoons sugar with 2 tablespoons water to form a gritty scrub. According to "Grandma's Remedies: Traditional Treatments from Mustard Poultices to Rosehip Syrup," this will gently exfoliate the skin and slough off dead skin cells, allowing lotion and vitamin E to be fully absorbed into the skin.

Step 2

Massage moisturizing body lotion into your stretch marks and the skin surrounding them each day. According to "Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice," lotion with aloe and vitamin E is best to use thanks to its hydrating properties. Moisturizing the skin will reduce the appearance of the stretch marks.

Step 3

Massage liquid vitamin E into your stretch marks each evening. Either buy liquid vitamin E in a pharmacy or health food store, or puncture a vitamin E capsule and squeeze out the oil. According to "Foundations and Adult Health Nursing," the vitamin E will assist the skin in forming new skin cells, thereby reducing the appearance of the stretch marks.

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