How to get rid of stretch marks

Updated November 21, 2016

Stretch marks can happen due to rapid weight gain/loss, when the skin is suddenly stretched. Women most often get stretch marks during pregnancy, and both men and women can get them due to yo-yo dieting. They often appear on the thighs, breasts, stomach, hips and arms. There are various medical procedures you can undergo to get rid of stretch marks, such as laser therapy and microdermabrasion; however, there are also several methods you can try at home. While they won't dissapear completely, it is possible for stretch marks to fade until they are barely noticeable. Some women have even reported results using Vicks VapoRub, and a healthy diet rich in vitamins A and E is also beneficial. Moisturising has helped some people by improving the elasticity of the skin, however, this has not worked for everyone.

Increase circulation

Run a hot bath or shower.

Massage the area with stretch marks with a loofah pad, or similar, in a circular motion to stimulate circulation.

Aim the shower at the area with stretch marks to stimulate circulation further.


Rub exfoliating scrub over the area with stretch marks.

Massage the area with a loofah pad, or similar.

Rinse the exfoliating cream off.


Rub cocoa butter, shea butter, castor oil or similar onto the affected area on a daily basis.

Apply Vicks VapoRub to a cloth or flannel, as an alternative treatment.

Massage the area with stretch marks vigorously with the cloth.

Repeat nightly for several weeks, or until stretch marks fade.


Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated. Regular exercise can help to prevent further stretch marks from developing by maintaining good circulation. Tanning can also aid fading of stretch marks; however, remember to tan sensibly and use protection to avoid skin damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Loofah pad
  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Cocoa butter, shea butter or castor oil
  • Vicks VapoRub
  • Cloth or flannel
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