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Can Applying Lemon Visibly Reduce Stretch Marks?

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One of the best natural remedies for stretch marks is Lemon juice. Lemon contains loads of Vitamin C, fatty acids and citric acid that aids in removing dead skin cells and removing stretch marks, skin injuries, acne, and scars. Use a slice of lime to gently rub over the stretch marks. Apply in circular motion and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

James Dudley

Curejoy Expert James Dudley Explains:

Stretch marks appear when the connective tissue in the dermis (middle layer of skin) gets stretched beyond its normal limits due to rapid expansion or contraction of the skin through a variety of factors, like, abrupt weight gain or weight reduction, use of certain drugs, pregnancy, etc. Stretching results in collagen production getting disrupted and when these weakened collagen fibers fail to align properly fine scars appear under the top layer of the skin.

One of the best natural remedies for stretch marks is Lemon juice. Lemon contains loads of Vitamin C, fatty acids and citric acid that aids in removing dead skin cells and helps heal and reduce stretch marks, skin injuries, acne, and scars. Though acidic, Lemon contains enough moisture to help hydrate the skin. It is also a good bleaching agent and exfoliant, known for its anti-bacterial properties relieving skin related eruptions.

Cut a lemon in half and gently rub the cut-end part over the stretch marks. Squeeze the lemon slightly to release the juice onto the stretch marks, and apply it using a circular motion. Let the lemon juice sit on your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Apply this for it two times a day for at least 30 days to see them either vanish or lighten up drastically.

Other combinations with lemon are: equal quantities of cucumber juice and lemon juice; extra virgin olive oil and lemon; few drops of lemon in honey.  Use an emollient like cacao butter as freshly squeezed lemon juice tends to dry quickly.

Suggested Readings:

3 Natural Ways to Protect Against Stretch Marks.

Get Rid of Stretch Marks Naturally

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Lili Kay
Lili Kay 5pts

Stretch marks won't go away. they might fade away a little bit

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Depends on individual. But no harm in trying.. right?

Vicky Dreuth
Vicky Dreuth 5pts

I'll try it ... time shall tell. I love myself, but I don't like my stretch marks. Hahaha

Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin 5pts

I'm proud of my stretch marks. LOVE your body as it is.

Monica L Kopp
Monica L Kopp 5pts

Even ones that have been there for 22 years?

Jose Leal
Jose Leal 5pts

How often do you apply the lemon?

Lisa Mull
Lisa Mull 5pts

I know it works I've done it before on a scar on my leg.