Purple Stretch Marks: 3 Things That Actually Work To Fade Them
Updated on June 1, 2021 by Amber & The Team
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Ah, stretch marks… Those stretchy pinky lines covering your favorite parts of the body. They can be white, they can be purple, and it’s absolutely normal to want to minimize them.
Now, the main causes of purple stretch marks are both pregnancy, puberty, and drastic weight changes that happen quickly (so the skin isn’t able to flex or shrink as fast as your whole body). It’s not dangerous to get purple stretch marks on your body, but it can be an aesthetical and psychological problem. Since it’s easier to fade purple stretch marks while they’re fresh, it’s recommended to start working on them as early as possible.
Purple Stretch Marks – Why You Notice Them And What Can You Do
Why Do I Have Purple Stretch Marks?
Anyone can develop purple stretch marks, no matter if they are male or female. The reason why you see purple stretch marks in particular, is because they are new. In the early stages, a stretch mark will resemble a thin purple line on your skin that is slightly different than the rest of your skin. The purple hue is is created by tiny blood vessels that are showing through. Thankfully, in the majority of cases, almost all purple stretch marks fade and develop a lighter tone that is less visible, over time.
In my unpopular opinion, purple stretch marks can also be beautiful! Yes, they might look unpleasant, but nevertheless, they show that something significant happened in your life. It might be becoming a woman, giving birth, quickly losing unnecessary weight... And even that you’ve gained weight, whether due to stress or just enjoying food a lot – it’s still a part of your life story. Purple stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed about.
How Long Does It Take For Purple Stretch Marks To Fade?
Dealing with purple stretch marks can be a long, disappointing process that involves trying various cosmetic products, that eventually do not offer the desired result.
It usually takes 6-12 months for purple stretch marks to become less noticeable. But, even though it’s a long process, you can fade purple stretch marks faster. An here’s a quick tip – if those purple stretch marks are bothering you big time, you can even use makeup to conceal them while they’re fresh and prominent. A full-coverage concealer does a great job to make purple stretch marks less noticeable.
Natural Remedies For Purple Stretch Marks
So, do you feel like there are a little too many stretchy signs on your body? There are some ways to help them fade faster and prevent the formation of new purple stretch marks. As I faced my own stretchy situation, my main concern is how can I speed up the process of fading, turning purple stretch marks into white, skin-colored stretch marks.
I found 3 effective tips and tricks that actually work when it comes to diminishing the appearance of purple stretch marks (and other types of stretch marks too, including stretch marks on back or even stretch marks on butt – yes, those cute lines on your bum!). They’re cheap and effective, so if you’re determined to make those stretch marks less visible (or even fade away completely, as it happened to my cousin), read on.
1) Drink the right amount of water for your body
Staying properly hydrated is the first and most important step when dealing with purple stretch marks. Water is one of the most efficient ways to reduce purple stretch marks due to the fact that hydrated skin is softer, elastic, and more toned. Drinking plenty of water will also prevent purple stretch marks from developing in other areas of your body.
I used to be a lazy drinker (still speaking about water here!) and go with a glass or two of water per day, which is obviously not enough.
The thing that helped me create a habit of drinking more water was to add a little bit of juice (about 50-100 ml) to my 1-liter water bottle. This way, water actually has a taste and it’s easier for me to keep up my water consumption, without adding a ton of calories (I use plum juice which has only 48 calories per 100 ml).
Another tip is to invest in a pretty water bottle that can keep you motivated to drink more. You can find a good bottle on Amazon for a reasonable price and the good thing is that such a bottle will last you for years.
After increasing water consumption, I have noticed that the skin all over my body felt healthier and more hydrated. My purple stretch marks began to fade pretty quickly too.
2) Aloe Vera can make purple stretch marks lighter
One of the most effective home remedies for purple stretch marks is using a pomade made out of 60 milliliters of Aloe Vera gel mixed with ten vitamin E capsules and five vitamin A capsules. Applying this daily leads to a visible reduction in the appearance of purple stretch marks.
Why? Because Aloe Vera is abundant in skin-healing properties (that’s why it’s commonly used in sunburn products). It is an ally when it comes to boosting skin’s health and stimulating the natural damage repair processes in your skin. When combined with powerful antioxidants and oils, it becomes a real enemy to purple stretch marks anywhere on the body!
Choose an organic Aloe Vera gel when possible and, if you can’t get vitamin A + E in capsule form, you can always use natural oils like coconut, macadamia, or rosehip seed oil which are high in these vitamins as well.
3) Use sugar scrubs to gently exfoliate and lighten purple stretch marks
Sugar has the power to eliminate dead skin cells, lighten and to rejuvenate skin. It was probably the best home remedy for purple stretch marks I have ever tried. All you have to do is to mix one tablespoon of sugar with almond oil and a little bit of lemon juice.
Gently apply this mixture on your stretch marks (do not tug your skin!) and allow it to work for around 10 minutes. After washing it off, apply a product all over your body that hydrates deeply (the aloe vera gel + vitamins mixture worked wonders for me).
You can also try other home-made remedies for purple stretch marks, such as potato juice, papaya, cocoa butter, or olive oil – all-natural ingredients that have healing properties and aim to hydrate and repair the skin.
The trick is to stick to the plan and care for your purple stretch marks every day, for at least a month. After that period, you will observe that those home-made remedies actually start to work and fade your purple stretch marks, even though it may seem unbelievable at first.
Best Products For Purple Stretch Marks
When trying various things to reduce purple stretch marks, it’s important to remember that everybody has a different body – and different skin too. If natural remedies don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to try store-bought products as well. You can also opt for a pregnancy anti-stretch marks oil, even if you aren’t pregnant. These are specifically formulated to help keep skin very elastic and fade visible scars:
And even then, you still have options. I’ve recently shared laser therapy for stretch marks report, which is a promising opportunity for anynone who can’t befriend their stretch marks no matter what.
Dealing With Purple Stretch Marks – Final Thoughts
At last – don’t forget to love your body the way it is. There’s always room for improvement in our bodies, but even purple stretch marks, white stretch marks, moles, scars and pigmentation can be beautiful if you learn to embrace it. Even Kylie Jenner loves to show off a big scar on her thigh – and nothing is prettier than being confident in your own skin.
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