Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014
When we age or lose weight, many of us have issues with areas of loose skin where our skin hangs in folds away from the bones and underlying tissue. While this is not generally a health issue per se, it can certainly be an area where we are unhappy with our physical appearance. Luckily, you can take a few steps with home remedies to tighten up and improve the look of your skin.
Improved skin tone can generally be gained with a combination of improved hydration to fill out the skin and exfoliation to slough off old, excessive, and less healthy looking layers of skin cells. Skin brushing and skin scrubs made of natural ingredients can help with the exfoliation.
Home Remedies for Loose Skin
You can find a number of exfoliating skin scrubs on these pages, including those that use baking soda, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and other natural ingredients. Additionally, certain dietary supplements such as Vitamin E are good for the skin and its appearance.
08/29/2010: Bombshell from Stanwood, Wa., Usa: "Hello:
I don't know if there are enough people with this problem for you to add it to your list of ailments, but I'd really like to hear from others that suffer with this ugly problem. I couldn't find anything on your site regarding this subject. If there is something, can you please send a link? Thanks so much! I love this web site and am very grateful for all you've done to put it together. Bailey"
08/29/2010: Girl from Dallas, Texas replies: "Try dry skin brushing. I first learned about it from t-tapp.com, but you can google it to learn more."
04/05/2011: Northern Indiana from Northern, Indiana replies: "Greetings,
I am hoping there will be more posts on this page soon. My youngest is 11 years old, and I'm working to change my belly (lots of stretch marks and sagging skin in abdomen area). I saw that Ted once recommended ACV topically, but I'm not feeling positive about it handling the severity of my problem. I do like ACV on my face, though.
I have heard about the skin brushing, and I tried it for awhile, and then got lazy. I'll try again. Sometimes hard to stay motivated when you are not sure if something will work.
I went for a tummy tuck consult, and it scared me. It is a serious surgery (drain tubes, compression garmets, recovery, etc). It is also very expensive.
On the stretch mark page here, some ladies recommended peanut oil and camphor. But, that seems targeted more at stretch marks (not necessarily sagging skin), and it sounds like it takes a long time. I also saw a little blurb from the discovery channel about a woman who reshaped a post-partum tummy with massage. But, the clients skin wasn't really that bad. There was a noticeable improvement, though. I've also considered MSG, and have experimented with a dermaroller. Ouchy, but I would continue if I could be sure it would work. I also used Iodine (under saran wrap), but that is only shown to improve strech marks and scars, and won't tighten skin. Anyone with more suggestions?"
04/05/2011: N Indiana from Northern, Indiana replies: "Whoops, I meant to say MSM not MSG! I've experimented a bit with MSM cream and taking it internally."
07/23/2011: Sue Ellen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Loose skin is the result of too little collegen production. To boost collegen, take large doses of vitamin C. On the affected areas alternate mornining and night between applying vitamin C crystals as a mask (1/4 tsp C crystals to 1 cup distilled water Leave on for up to 10 minutes Rnse well) and applying lotion with amino peptides. And wear sunscreen.
This helped me get rid of my belly slack I had for nearly 12 years in about 6 weeks and helps to keep my face wrinkle free."
07/23/2011: Annon from Gc, Ci replies: "Can you please explain in detail? You have to consume large quantities of Vitamin C and also apply the Vitamin C crystals on the affected area? Does the crystals have to diluted in distilled water? What should you alternate between? What are the lotions with amino peptides? Thanks."
07/24/2011: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "This sounds worth a try, but the 1/4 cup crystals and 1 cup of water sounds very soupy. I guess I always think of a mask as something with a more viscous texture - a texture that will cling to the face a bit. Just wanted to double-check that the amounts listed were accurate.
Also, you mentioned taking "a large amount of vitamin c" orally. Just how large of an amount are we talking about here? ;-)
P.S. If this works, I would literally jump for joy, as at age 53, I'm fairly happy with my skin in terms of wrinkles (only have a few very fine lines, no deep wrinkles), BUT my skins elasticity is another story. If this concoction would help tighten up my skin, I would WALK from Boston to Los Angeles just to give you a hug of thanks! :)"
07/24/2011: Tara from Boston, Ma, Usa replies: "I concur that large doses of vitamin c help tighten the skin. I can notice a difference literally overnight when I drink vitamin c sodium ascorbate (1 gram in 8 oz of water 1-3 times a day).
I am experimenting with topical applications by applying the vitamin c with DMSO at night as well. It seems to work but I can only do it once or twice a week as it causes small bumps to appear in some areas. A facialist told me it was a good sign, but I am not so sure! I am going to try just vitamin c crystals (without the baking soda) to see if that is gentler on the skin. Will let you know my progress. I am trying to treat sun damage on decolletage and the beginning of melasma on my forehead."
07/24/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Can someone please explain what amino peptides are. I am a bit confused about it and would love to try this."
07/25/2011: Sue Ellen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Amino peptides is the skin industry name for eptide combinations that help strengthen the connective fiber with skin. Amino acids are the subunits that make up a protein. Amino acids can join each other in a peptide bond: two amino acids joined in a peptide bond constitute a dipeptide, three a tripeptide, a five a pentapeptide. A protein can be made up of just one or several polypeptides.
The most commonly used Palmitoyl Pentapeptide and Copper Pentapeptide. If you do an internet search on these you will find a large number of creams with these ingrediants and even the actives to add to your favorite cream yourself."
08/03/2011: Tania from Charlotte, Nc, Us replies: "Ok so I read you guys' replies to the question and I went to the store today and bought some things. I have the loose skin pouch and stretch markes on my tummy from 2 babies back to back. So I bought Vitamin E, Vitamin C cream, and Vitamin C crystals. I don't know if that would be too much but I want to try the mask (have to experiment with the amt of water needed) and then apply the Vitamin E after. I'll deal with the stretch marks later. Although the Vitamin E says it helps with wrinkly and stretchmark skin. I also bought some Aloe Vera gel from Walgreens a few weeks ago because I read it has collagen in it. So I have a good supply of collagen!!! I'm excited! I'm gonna try all this tonight and see how it works out!!"
09/07/2011: Tania from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Ok, update.... So I've been using the Vitamin E ointment, Vitamin C cream, and Aloe Vera cream with collagen in it and my stomach has changed a lot in regards to the wrinkles. The stretch marks have also lightened up. I have the vitamin C crystals and I tried the mask a few times on my stomach but I have not stuck with that part at all. Its been 4 weeks now and my stomach looks a little better. So I'm gonna go buy some more Vitamin C crystals (we've been using them to fight colds) and start doing the mask and taking it twice a day. We'll see what happens."
11/01/2011: Nichole from De Pere, Wisconsin replies: "How do you apply all the creams? Do you make a cocoction of them or apply at differet times of the day? Have you also figured out the Vitamin C mask yet?"
[YEA] 11/14/2011: Debby from Monroe, Ct replies: "Hi Sue-Ellen, I just tried your suggestion but I only had vit c power and a aloe plant. I took a little aloe gel and mixed it with a small amount of power, put it on my face and neck and it tightened it right up. Thank you."
08/30/2012: Michele from Brisbane, Qld Australia replies: "Can somebody tell me what DSMO is, when everybody abbreviates it is sometimes hard for others to work out what it is... Sorry, me anyway, does this work for arm swing or 'tuckshop arms' as we call it!"
05/21/2014: Sujata from Gilbert, AZ replies: "DMSO (DIMETHYLSULFOXIDE) Overview Information
DMSO is a prescription medicine and dietary supplement. It can be taken by mouth, applied to the skin (used topically), or injected into the veins (used intravenously or by IV).
DMSO is taken by mouth, used topically, or given intravenously for the management of amyloidosis and related symptoms. Amyloidosis is a condition in which certain proteins are deposited abnormally in organs and tissues.
DMSO is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, burns, and muscle and skeletal injuries. DMSO is also used topically to treat painful conditions such as headache, inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and severe facial pain called tic douloureux. It is used topically for eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and problems with the retina; for foot conditions including bunions, calluses, and fungus on toenails; and for skin conditions including keloid scars and scleroderma. It is sometimes used topically to treat skin and tissue damage caused by chemotherapy when it leaks from the IV that is used to deliver it. DMSO is used either alone or in combination with a drug called idoxuridine to treat pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster infection).
Intravenously, DMSO is used to lower abnormally high blood pressure in the brain. It is also given intravenously to treat bladder infections (interstitial cystitis) and chronic inflammatory bladder disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain DMSO products for placement inside the bladder to treat symptoms of chronic inflammatory bladder disease. DMSO is sometimes placed inside bile ducts with other medications to treat bile duct stones.
In manufacturing, DMSO is used as an industrial solvent for herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, and plant hormones. How does it work? DMSO helps medicines get through the skin and can affect proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water in the body.