Causes and Treatments for Stretch Marks: Best Homemade Remedies and Treatments

Side profile of waist with stretch marks

Stretch marks are not a pretty sight. There are a variety of reasons why they can turn up on your skin. While they aren’t harmful, these marks can be a nuisance. Most people wish to get rid of them. 

I’ll explain the various causes as well as some ways you can treat your stretch marks. Read on to learn more!

frontal shot of belly with stretch marks

What Causes Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by increased levels of cortisone. Cortisone is produced by your adrenal glands. In certain circumstances, the adrenal gland creates more cortisone than normal, which causes the formation of a stretch mark.

Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Pregnancy is an obvious one. When a woman gets pregnant, the need for her skin to stretch out causes the adrenal gland to produce extra cortisone.
  • Another is a sudden gain or loss of weight. When you gain extra weight, your skins gets stretched, leaving a mark. When you lose a lot of weight, you suddenly have more skin than you need.
  • There are also times where pills and creams that are designed to limit skin production will cause stretch marks.
  • There are certain diseases that can affect your adrenal gland. The more common ones are Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.


There are a variety of different stretch mark formations. These are the more common ones:

  • Indented streaks – lines in the skin
  • Pink, red, black, blue or purple streaks
  • Bright streaks fading to a lighter color
  • Streaks on the abdomen, breasts, hips, buttocks or thighs
  • Larger streaks covering areas of the body

There are still more types than that. If you have an unusual stretch mark or if it causes you pain in any way, consult a doctor. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Preventing Stretch Marks

It is difficult to prevent stretch marks, especially if you have one of the above diseases or become pregnant. The only aspect that you can control is your weight. Try your best to refrain from gaining large amounts of weight in a short time. If you do gain weight at a rapid speed, your skin may tear or rupture, causing scars, or stretch marks.

On the other hand, you should also refrain from losing weight too quickly. Losing weight rapidly will cause your skin to have less time to adapt to the new size. This will either cause wrinkles or stretch marks, depending on the condition of your adrenal gland.

marks on body

Treating Stretch Marks

One method for treating stretch marks involves massaging the area with essential oils or cocoa butter. This is a method you can use at home. It works for some marks but not for all. The more severe your stretch mark, the lesser chance it has of working.

Another method is skin exfoliation. There are various methods, such as microdermabrasion, that help balance out your skin, including scars. Microdermabrasion even helps with blackhead removal. These methods improve as technology does, so it is much easier to remove a stretch mark today than it was even a couple of decades ago.

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