Pregnancy is literally a life-changing experience, there’s no discussion about that. Women who were never pregnant can only relate on a superficial level, so if you’re looking to talk in depth about your pregnancy experience to others, try to make sure that you’re talking to women who share your experience. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t confide in others, but it’s always better to talk to those who can relate and be empathetic. Now, the post-pregnancy period requires a lot of adjustment, not only mentally, but also when it comes to accepting your body and the way it looks now. Weight-gain, cellulite and excess skin are only a few of these persistent things that keep bugging women and mess with their self-confidence. Another one is stretch marks that won’t go away, no matter what.
So, if you’re looking to remove stretch marks, read on to find out the best tips to try and make that happen:
First Of All, Some Info On Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are long scars on the skin that happen after the body experiences changes due to puberty, pregnancy, excessive weight gain or weight loss. Skin gets stretched too quickly and can’t resume its normal form, which results in stretch marks. The most common body parts affected by stretch marks are breasts, thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. Stretch marks are often red, purple, brownish or pink, depending on one’s skin colour, and they often tend to fade over time. The problem is, that process sometimes takes years. Luckily, they aren’t harmful to one’s health, but they can be the source of extreme dissatisfaction and anxiety.
So, What Are The Treatments?
Most of the treatments revolve around keeping the skin properly moisturised during the pregnancy. Many oils, creams, and other topical treatments can help diminish the stretch marks, even though there is no firm proof that they actually work. Of course, you can always give them a shot, but don’t have high expectations so that you won’t end up disappointed. If you want, try one of each — a cream, lotion, and oil to see if they’re helpful, but don’t get frustrated if they end up not working. Similarly, many of these treatments promise a lot and are very costly. If you have a small baby, the last thing you need is to spend a lot on some vague promises in the hope they might work. In case you do decide to buy some creams, make sure they contain retinoids since they are effective in combating stretch marks. Just keep in mind that retinoid treatments can make your skin sensitive to UV rays, so always apply sunscreen before going outside.
As for oils, there are claims that argan oil can improve skin elasticity which will also reduce the stretch marks. Besides argan, you can also try lavender, patchouli, bitter orange and neroli oils. It’s important to mention that these are essential oils, so be sure to mix them with carrier oils such as coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or olive oil first.
What If Creams And Oils Don’t Work?
As mentioned before, topical treatments aren’t 100% effective, so if you’re still planning to get rid of the stretch marks, you can consider some other options, such as going to the aesthetic clinic specialized in dermatology and ask for a consultation. Many places offer various treatments, the most popular being dermapen microneedling that uses a technology which penetrates the skin and helps it become more elastic while also stimulating the healing process.
Aside from this one, there are other treatments, so before you decide, don’t hesitate to ask questions and get the right information about the price, treatment process and recovery. You’re paying it with your own money, so you deserve the best treatment there is. If your aesthetician is evasive or too reassuring, that could be a red flag, so don’t waste your time and keep searching for someone more professional.
How To Prevent Stretch Marks?
There is no sure way to get prevent stretch marks but some lifestyle practices can definitely reduce the risk. Eating a healthy and balanced diet, regular exercise and keeping skin moisturised during the pregnancy can help your skin stay smooth and elastic. Also, not smoking and drinking in moderation is recommended if you want to prevent premature aging and stretch marks. Pregnant women should be careful to gain weight slowly so their skin won’t get stretched too much. Controlling one’s weight is the most helpful way to lower the risk of stretch marks.
In conclusion, stretch marks can impact your self-esteem, especially in a vulnerable, post-baby birth period. Therefore, you should find a treatment that works for you. But most importantly, it’s necessary to live a healthy lifestyle so that you’ll look fresh and radiant.
Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.
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