Although stretch marks can occur almost anywhere on the body, there are certainly area’s where they are more likely to develop than others – simply due to the nature of fat deposits.
Essentially any region of the skin which is exposed to excessive stretching will lead to rupture lines. This can be seen clearly in men or women who perform heavy duty body building regiments for instance, producing lines on the shoulders, arms & chest etc.
Stretch marks may also occur whilst experiencing significant hormonal changes such as during puberty or pregnancy. These periods are also very much accompanied by rapid growth spurts exacerbating the chance of developing dark streaks on the body, especially if you are genetically predisposed to get them in the first place.
However for today’s article I would like to explore the common area’s these lesions occur on women going through either regular weight gain or pregnancy. During both of these scenarios, area’s of the skin on the stomach, thighs & buttocks are at the highest risk of rupturing.
Stretch Marks On Thighs
Why Do Stretch Marks Occur On The Legs & Thighs?
It’s no secret that women are predisposed to carry weight & excess adipose (fat) in an evolutionary sense to ensure an ample energy supply for mother & baby during child birth. This weight traditionally accumulates in a certain area of the body too. For us females, its usually below the waist line giving us that pear shaped look when we gain those extra pounds.
This includes the hips, butt & thighs.
What Causes Stretch Marks On The Inner Thighs?
What I notice most often is that these lines most commonly form on the inner portion of the thigh too. This is simple due to the anatomical nature of fat deposits on the quads (upper leg) I.e. that the outer portion tends to remain leaner whilst the inner thigh gathers weight more readily.
Again this may be caused by either traditional weight gain from excess calorie consumption or through size gain during pregnancy. Some women believe that heavy workout routines including squatting & dead lifting for example, will significantly grow their thigh circumference. Whilst this may be the case for serious body builders, its somewhat a myth for mere regular gym goers.
How To Remove Stretch Marks On Your Thighs
1. Natural Home Remedies
Vitamin A & E Gel – These fat soluble anti-oxidants work great in restoring bodily tissue (including the skin) to it’s natural youthful & vibrant state. Simple take 2-3 tablets per day to supplement your diet with these powerful compounds. Others also like to to break open 2-3 vitamin capsules & rub the contents directly onto their stretch marks as a topical treatment.
Aloe Vera Gel – Mother Natures most potent healer & skin soother. It has been used throughout time to treat countless human ailments due to it’s inherent medicinal properties.
Skin irritations, open wounds & sunburn just to name a few. Simply apply the Aloe Vera gel to your stretch marks 3 times a day & do not wash off. Just let the gel sink in & do it’s work.
Cocoa/Shea Butter – Natures moisturizing powerhouses. These compounds are able to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin to aid greatly in moisture retention, as well as help to reduce the discoloration of the lines on your body. Again, simply apply these natural substances to the skin 2-3 times a day & let them be fully absorbed into the body.
Coffee/Sugar Scrubs – Shown to reduce both stretch marks & cellulite. I used to only use a natural sugar scrub to exfoliate my skin before applying other healing lotions & creams. However I have since found the amazing properties of adding caffeine to the mix!
It seems to rejuvenate the affected skin as well as removing dead surface cells. Just mix 1/4 cup of ground coffee with 1/4 cup of raw sugar. Finally mix it up with 1/4 cup of coconut oil into a thick paste & you are good to go! Rub the paste into the area’s you wish to treat for 8-10 mins per day (ideally before getting in the shower each morning).
Castor Oil – I sometimes substitute this one with organic argan oil as they have very similar properties. Essentially theses substances act as natural healers of everything from sunburn to dry skin, as well as stretch marks. I have also heard they work great in combating infections such as athletes foot, ringworm & warts. Just mix 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil with some warm water before massaging onto the skin each day.
Lemon or Potato Juice – Some people will use these substances individually as a standalone treatment due to the high levels of vitamin C in the former & potassium/magnesium in the latter.
However from my experience neither has proven to be very effective at reducing my baby scars in and of themselves. They seem to work better as a complimentary element to the more powerful healers & moisturizers I have already stated.
2. Creams & Lotions
The natural remedies will get you so far – but if you really want to up the anti on your stretch mark removal thigh game – you will need a proven cream or lotion to get you to the next level. There are many options here, I’ve tried them all. There is no secret to what I think is currently the best. Many do work, but most are over priced moisturizers…
3. Regular Exercise
Cardio style routines plus body weight exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups & pull-ups will not only tone your muscles & give you an overall better shape – they will also help with skin elasticity, quality & moisture. These workouts improve circulation & nutrient/mineral delivery to the skin cells. Low impact exercise including Yoga, Pilates & Stretching are also great for this – especially if you are pregnant.
If you are serious about pursuing a particular exercise protocol for losing weight and are worried about the effect this may have on your stretch marks, then take a look at my in-depth article on how to do it the right way.
4. Staying Fully Hydrated
A big factor in improving the effectiveness of thigh stretch mark treatment is the bodies level of moisture. Remain fully hydrated at all times! The skin is the largest organ in the body and is the first place to show signs of dehydration by producing a dry/wrinkled look.
Make sure you are consuming at least 3 liters of water per day (4 liters for men) to remain optimally hydrated. Pay close attention to how you are feeling throughout the day, as dry lips/throat & headaches are a sure fire way to know you haven’t drunk enough!
5. Surgical Treatments
As always the final option is to opt for a medical procedure such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels or laser resurfacing techniques. These treatments can be very effective, even reducing stretch mark appearance by up to 80-90%.
However they can be invasive & very costly over time. You must consult your doctor or physician to give you some guidance on what method you should try, if you are going down this route.
How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks On Your Bum
What Causes The Stretch Marks On My Buttocks?
Essentially, what causes marks to appear of the thighs (or anywhere else on the body) are the same factors which will ensure they show up on the back side as well. Excessive stretching of the skin due to rapid weight/size gain. Again, this typically occurs in combination with hormonal fluctuations, but not in all cases.
Why Do I Get Stretch Marks On My Bum?
Once the skin has passed the point of its natural elasticity, the collagen & elastin fibers within the dermis (middle layer) of the skin will rupture & break. This will compromise overall skin integrity & will produce a thin line, usually reddish or purple in appearance the begin with, which form along the area of stress.
How To Get Rid Of stretch Marks On Your Stomach
Depending on your hereditary make-up, your may or may not gain excess weight on your stomach through excessive eating for instance. I know women who maintain a reasonably flat stomach (even when they are at their heaviest) as their excess poundage largely gets deposited to the lower regions.
There is of course one instance where this is not that case, which is during pregnancy. Acquiring stretch marks on your stomach during this time is almost unavoidable, especially in the third trimester. If you want to learn how to deal with pregnancy tummy marks in greater detail, then check out my full article here.
Will The Stretch Marks On My Stomach Go Away?
The short answer to this is no, not completely. However they will fade naturally with time. There are certainly measures you can take to help expedite this healing process which I have written extensively on within previous articles. You can also follow many of the natural remedies list above regarding removing unwanted lines & lesions on the thighs.
Whatever path you decide to take, just remember to give it enough time & consistancy in your approach. Healing stretch marks on your thighs, stomach & buttocks is a process. A battle that can be won if you are willing to put in the work!
All the best!