Do you have stretch marks on the back or front of your knees?
They are very common to experience after you’re pregnant or gain weight.
So don’t fret if you have knee stretch marks. They’re normal and there are many things you can start doing today to fade them as soon as possible.
The key is to try out various treatments at once to maximize how quickly you heal your marks and to find out what works best for your skin.
That’s why ahead we’re outlining 12 different ways you cure stretch marks for good. Keep reading if you’d like to learn how.
1. Use a skin brightening cream
There are many creams available at stores and over-the-counter which brighten skin tone. These can be used to brighten dark and obvious stretch marks on the knees. All you have to do is rub the cream into the area affected by stretch marks and let it sink in. Some creams may advise you to apply the product once per day or more often depending on the individual ingredients and what results you’d like to experience.
2. Rub lemon on the knee stretch mark
Lemon is a natural exfoliant and skin brightening agent. It is commonly used in masks and skincare products because of its ability to heal skin, reduce redness, and fade scarring. That’s why it’s also amazing for getting rid of those stubborn stretch marks. You can use lemon in a variety of different ways, too. The simplest would be to cut the lmon into slices and rub a slice over the stretch marks. Let this sit for 15 minutes or longer if you wish before washing it off. Some people like to mix lemon juice with other ingredients like baking soda, honey, or oatmeal because they offer similar skin healing benefits.
3. Exfoliate with coffee grounds
Yes, coffee grounds. While most of us enjoy a nice caffeine buzz in the morning to get the day going, that cup of Joe you hold could be used for a lot more than that. Coffee grounds naturally have a gritty texture which makes them perfect for exfoliating. It’s slightly abrasive when rubbed against the skin, shedding old dead cells and making your skin look much more vibrant.
To use coffee grounds for exfoliating stretch marks, take a tablespoon of grounds and mix it with a small amount of water. Feel free to add other ingredients that are beneficial for the skin such as tea tree oil, honey, or lemon, like we just spoke about. Take this paste it forms onto your index and middle finger before rubbing it into the scars. Let it sit for a while before washing it off.
4. Apply tea tree oil
Tea tree oil reduces inflammation, kills bacteria, and helps skin heal much faster than it can alone. That’s why you see it commonly added to cosmetic products and used a standalone treatment for many different skin conditions. It’s also incredibly effective at healing fading stretch marks. The key is to purchase a tea tree oil which is made specifically for skin. Most tea tree oils are very strong and not made for skincare routines. These have to watered-down with other products like carrier oil first. However, you can keep things simple by buying a gentle tea tree oil and massaging it into the skin. The nice small is a bonus!
5. Try a retinol gel
Retinol is a very powerful and acidic form of vitamin A. When it is applied to the skin, it communicates to skin cells to constantly shed. This means that the newer and younger skin underneath is constantly brought to the surface and pores don’t have a chance to clog. This also means hyperpigmentation, marks, and scars quickly heal over. Most retinol gels will require a dermatologist prescription because they are so strong. However, it’s one of the most effective and quickest ways to finally say goodbye to those nasty stretch marks that hurt your confidence.
6. Eat more collagen-containing foods
Collagen is an amino acid that makes up all of the skin and tissue within your body. Not having enough collagen-containing foods in your diet will result in slower healing of stretch marks. You can look at collagen as the building block of your skin. By eating more of it, you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs to create firmer and healthier-looking skin. Try eating more bone broth, salmon, leafy green vegetables, eggs, and citrus fruit.
7. Avoid foods that cause inflammation
On the flip side, it’s also crucial that you avoid foods which are bad for the skin. These food items cause inflammation, redness, blemishes, and make any conditions like stretch marks worse. You want to give your body an environment that promotes healing instead. Foods to avoid include junk food, processed food, soda, chocolate, and candy. It’s okay to have a little bit on rare occasion as a treat but reach for a healthier snack next time you open the fridge.
8. Keep up a healthy exercise routine
Exercise and skincare go together like peanut butter and jelly. Exercising does so many wonderful things for the body that you can’t even count them. Let’s begin with the fact that exercise promotes blood flow all over your body. That means your skin cells will receive the oxygen, blood, and nutrients they need to heal and look better. Exercise also reduces stress. Stress is known to contribute to blemishes and existing conditions which means you must keep it to a minimum.
We recommend experimenting with different forms of exercise like running, hiking, yoga, weightlifting, rock climbing, and sports to see what you enjoy the most. Try to pursue these activities a few times per week at a minimum depending on your schedule.
9. Get your beauty sleep
Sleep is crucial for your overall health and that includes the skin. When you sleep, your body repairs itself and heals from everything you did that day. If you don’t sleep often or well enough, you won’t get the results you’re looking for while trying to fade stretch marks. It’s recommended that the average adult gets seven to eight hours of shuteye every evening. Here are some tips to get better sleep every night:
- Avoid computer of phone screens for roughly 30 minutes before you fall asleep. The light can trick the brain into thinking it’s daytime, making you more alert and less drowsy.
- Read a book, meditate, clean, or do another relaxing activity before bed.
- Exercise a few hours before you plan to sleep so you’re tired and fall asleep more easily.
- Drink chamomile tea as its a natural sedative.
- Make your room as dark and cool as possible. This is the most optimal environment to fall asleep in.