I’ve heard several complaints from pregnant women that the dark line through their belly won’t just go away even after months of delivery. This brownish-looking dark line, also called linea nigra is prominent in almost all women during their pregnancy and is completely natural. It does no harm to you or your baby and has no side effects on your skin.
Dark, ugly, and black; that’s what linea nigra means to most women who love to wear crop tops and go out to the seaside in a bikini to reveal beauty. It darkens more when exposed to the sun; not a single mom would love that. After all, who’d love to show a dark stream through their belly, which looks dull and makes you look old? I understand your problem.
While linea nigra is completely natural, it’ll take months to fade away even if you’re not breastfeeding. However, a few home remedies will help you make this mark lighter and disappear quickly. Different ways can be employed and tested to accelerate the removal of linea nigra in between the pregnant and postpartum stages.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common home remedies you can try to get rid of linea nigra quickly.
Cocoa butter is one of the most used ingredients in products used for skin care. This stable fat has a pleasant fragrance and moisturizing abilities that can help you prevent and lighten linea nigra. Not just that, you can also use cocoa butter to treat burned lips, dry and itchy skin and stretch marks.
All you need to do is start rubbing it on top of your belly during your pregnancy period and even after birth and it’ll start disappearing.
Nutgrass extract has been used as a home remedy to different health related problems since a long period of time.
First used as a Chinese medicine, and later in India as an ayurvedic, the extracts of nutgrass can also help to lighten linea nigra and help your skin to glow.
Some of its other uses include treating wounds and bruises, cure digestion problems, prevent tooth decay and lighten your skin from freckles and pigment spots.
Vitamin E Gel
Vitamins are one of the best ingredients used to rejuvenate health and beauty.
Found in foods like meat, milk, eggs, and vegetable oils, Vitamin E is also obtained in supplemental forms like capsules, oils and gel.
Vitamin E gel is available in almost all drug store and all you need to do is rub the gel on your belly skin and see the skin tone lighter after a few weeks.
It also provides soothing and cooling sensation to combat dry skin. Make sure you use it daily.
You can’t actually remove linea nigra with cosmetics but you can make it lighter.
If you’re thinking to hide your dark line on your belly, cosmetics work best but you also need to be aware of the right product, perfect to use as a home remedy.
One thing you also need to remember after using cosmetics is that you need to clean your belly. This is because cosmetics can have some side effects like allergies depending on the nature of your skin.
The Pink Madison skin whitener is what we advise you to use as it contains several essential natural and holistic ingredients. It is also packed full of natural antioxidants that protect your skin from harmful free radicals.
Linea nigra is caused by skin pigmentation and skin cells eventually die after a certain period of time.
You can use a scrubber to remove these dead skin cells so that fresh cells (not black) can replace the top layer of your belly.
Make sure to pick a scrubber that can exfoliate your dark skin.
Let us know if these methods helped you to lighter your skin and get rid of linea nigra eventually. Or, if you have any tip (or tips) you used and worked, write us in the comments below!
Dr. Mashiach has completed his MD at the Sackler School of Medicine, TAU; specialization in gynecology at the Lis Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; fellowship in Endoscopy at the Polyclinique de I’Hotel-Dieu, Universite d’Auvergne, Clermont, France.
He is a Senior Physician, Director of the Department of Gynecology, which provides routine and preventative care services to its patients and a full range of gynecological surgical procedures for adequately managing its patients with benign gynecologic disorders.
He offers advanced care in all gynecological subspecialties such as Urogynecology, Colposcopy, Fetal Loss Clinic, and Post Menopausal Clinic.