A Stretch marks are deep scars or scar tissue that appear as stripes on the skin. They are commonly found on the stomach, legs, thighs and chest, but may appear nearly anywhere. There is no known remedy to repair these fibres. The only way to avoid stretch  marks is to prevent them. It is very important to exercise in order to prevent stretch marks; toning your muscles helps your skin to firm up, thus keeping stretch marks at bay. Exercise can firm up the thighs and help the skin around the thighs repair itself more quickly. Eat protein-rich food and food which is rich in Vitamin C (citrus fruits), Vitamin E (nuts and seeds), and zinc (oysters and nuts) as they promote good tissue growth. Vitamin C helps promote the production of collagen, a protein important for skin rejuvenation. Massaging your body with olive oil or Vitamin E oil may help. For severe stretch marks, skin peels or laser treatments may be necessary. However, please consult a dermatologist for expert advice.
An effective home remedy to lighten skin would be to mix 1 tsp of milk powder, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice and ½ tsp of almond oil. Make a paste and apply this on the affected area. Apart from removing the tan, it will give your skin a glow.
Take some oatmeal and mix it with curd and tomato juice. Apply this mixture and keep it on for about 20 minutes. Then wash off with cold water.
Take a little turmeric powder and add a few drops of lime juice. Apply this on the affected area. This would help to reduce a tan. Take a tablespoon of gram flour and mix it with 2 tsp of raw milk and 2-3 drops of lime juice. Apply this mixture and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off.
Dr Vandana Jayaprakash

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