Pregnancy, sudden weight gain or loss, stress, and our environment can all contribute to visible line formations on our skin, commonly found along the abdomen, breasts, thighs, upper arms and butt.

With your skin having lost its elasticity or being pushed to its limit, you will first notice red or purple-ish stretch marks, which over time take on a whiter hue.

Difficult to conceal, they can leave you feeling self-conscious, which is why we’re going to help you minimize the appearance of those collagen deficient thin silver lines.

Take your pick from one of these home remedies, but make sure to do a patch test first.

Castor Oil
Additional Benefits: The topical application of this oil can also combat fine lines, age spots, acne, hair loss, and constipation.
Make It Your Own: Give yourself a month of daily use to see the results. Apply and massage the oil over the affected area in a circular motion for about 10 minutes. Then, wrap a thin piece of breathable cloth, preferably cotton, over it. Next, apply heat over the covered area. You can do so with a heating pad or a heated water bottle for half an hour.

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Lemon Juice
Additional Benefits: Great for treating acne and lighten tan and dark, patchy areas on the skin; also reduces visibility of scars.
Make It Your Own: All you need to do is squeeze some fresh lemon juice on to the affected area every day, and rub it in a circular motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes before you rinse with some warm water.

Egg Whites
Additional Benefits: They treat acne, an oily scalp, minimize wrinkles, and reduce the puffiness around the eyes.
Make It Your Own: First, clean the affected area properly with soap and water. Take two eggs and separate the whites, and then whip the two egg whites until they are nice and frothy. Now, use a brush to apply a thick coat on the stretch marks. Let it dry and then rinse with cold water. Seal the deal by applying olive oil over the area to keep it moisturized.

Finally, make note of the fact that red stretch marks are relatively new, hence, treating them at this stage is easier and far more effective than when they age and turn silver-white.

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Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.