Pregnancy is one of the happiest moments of a woman’s life, but it is also a difficult phase. As the baby grows inside the womb, you can observe changes in the size of the abdomen. The muscles in the abdomen expand and the skin stretches with the baby growing inside the womb. This finally leads to stretch marks. These stretch marks are not permanent and it will disappear if treated in the right time. Stretch marks are very normal and it can be removed by following simple natural remedies.
Stretch mark occurs when our body suddenly gains or losses excess weight. During pregnancy, our body gains a lot of weight which results in stretch marks.
When the stretch marks in pregnancy appear, it is always advisable to cure them as early as possible. That’s because when the stretch marks are at an early stage, they respond best to the treatment.
There are many chemical and surgical treatments available to remove the stretch marks like vascular laser, fractional laser treatment, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) etc. However these treatments have a lot of risks and are expensive.
Simple Home Remedies for Pregnancy Stretch Marks:
Pregnant women fret about stretch marks every time they see the mirror. They are scared to think that these marks will never disappear. Fret not dear ladies for we bring you some easy natural solutions to make those stretch marks vanish forever. Though don’t expect a change overnight, you need to follow these home remedies regularly to notice the difference. These home remedies for stretch marks during pregnancy are inexpensive and easy to follow on a daily basis.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pregnancy Stretch Marks:
1. Use a Good Moisturizer:
Studies have shown that people who use a good moisturizer showed a lot of improvement in skin elasticity and appearance. If your skin is well hydrated then it is less prone to suffer from wear and tear.
You can use moisturizer according to your skin type. Women with dry skin should use a cocoa butter infused skin cream and those with oily skin can use an aloe and clay based skin moisturizer to keep those stretch marks during pregnancy away.
One can also prepare a DIY moisturizer by combining equal parts of wheat germ oil, olive oil and aloe vera. If you have oily skin, then you can add mineral clay to it. This is one of the best DIY moisturizer which is free of any chemicals.
2. Glycolic Acid:
Glycolic acid is known to increase the collagen production in the skin. This helps to increase the elasticity of the skin thus removing the appearance of stretch marks after pregnancy. Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which is one of the main constituents of chemical peels.
Glycolic acid capsules or tablets can be bought from medical stores – however one should consult the doctor before use.
3. Vitamin E Oil:
Have you been wondering how to remove pregnancy stretch mark? Not to worry. This is regarded as one of the miracle cures to remove pregnancy stretch marks. You can combine the vitamin E oil in any of your favorite moisturizer, which acts as a carrier base. Apply regularly over the stretch marks for visible results.
4. Essential Oil Massage:
Here comes the best stretch marks removal home remedy used since ages. Dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil and massage over the affected area. Some of the essential oils which can be used for this purpose are:
5. Castor Oil Treatment:
Castor oil is used in many salons to remove stretch marks and they charge an exorbitant amount. You can indulge in castor massage at home by simply rubbing castor oil over the affected areas. Then wrap it with a plastic sheet and place a hot water bottle over it. The heat form the bottle allows the pores to open up and absorption of the oil takes place easily.
6. Vitamin C Supplements:
Vitamin C helps in collagen production and removes the early stage stretch marks. You can combine vitamin C supplements with glycolic acid for best results. However it is always advisable to consult your doctor before undergoing this treatment.
7. Aloe Vera Gel:
This is also one of the best natural methods to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Squeeze out fresh aloe vera gel from the plant and apply it over the affected areas daily. It promotes healing and shows visible results in a few days. It will work over early stage stretch marks only.
8. Shea Butter:
Shea butter is a rich source of vitamin E and carotene which improves the elasticity of the skin and prevents dryness. Apply Shea butter directly on the stretch marks regularly to reduce their appearance. You can also prepare a mixture of Shea butter and lemon juice by mixing 4 teaspoons of Shea butter and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply over the affected areas and keep till it dries. Wash off with cool water and repeat the procedure regularly.
Adequate amount of water should be consumed which helps to increase the elasticity of the skin. You should drink at least 10-12 glasses of water daily to keep your skin and body hydrated.
10. Healthy Lifestyle:
We all know the importance of healthy lifestyle. Include vitamin C, vitamin E and proteins in your regular diet to reduce stretch marks. These vitamins increase collagen production, improve elasticity and encourage tissue repair and growth.
Indulge in daily exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and aerobics. Exercises improve blood flow which reduces the stretch marks.
Retinol can only be used after pregnancy to fade those stretch marks. Retinol if used during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Retinol is the main ingredient in over the counter ointments that remove stretch marks. It works by trying to stimulate collagen production. It can take six weeks for the Retinol to show its results. Don’t expose your skin to sun while treating it with retinol because it might cause burning. So it is a smart choice to stick to these natural remedies for pregnancy stretch marks. Waiting can worsen the condition.
If retinol treatment is causing skin reactions then opt for other over the counter ointments or lotions like:
- Vitamin C
- Hyaluronic acid
- Onion Extract
- Centella Asiatica
These creams can help in your quest to remove stretch marks. However, it is best to consult your doctor before applying them. During pregnancy don’t apply anything without consulting your doctor.
Reason Behind Stretch Marks:
Stretch marks happen when the skin can’t keep up with the pace with which the body grows during pregnancy. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break resulting in stretch marks. Growing fast can leave you with stretch marks on your belly and breasts, since these are the two areas where stretch mark occur the most.
Stretch marks can show up on the thighs, buttocks and upper arms as well. The marks are reddish or purple at the beginning but it fades after pregnancy and it becomes white or gray. When the stretch marks are red, purple or brightly colored they are called striae rubra, during this phase the stretch marks are easier to treat. Once it fades and become silvery white, at this point they are known as striae alba, it becomes very difficult to treat them.
If your mother had these stretch marks you will also get it, since genetics also play a role. You may have skipped stretch marks during adolescence, but you can’t avoid it during pregnancy. Neither there are any preventive measures. All you can do is to treat those stretch marks when it first appears. Those who have light complexion will get pinkish stretch marks but those who have darker complexion will get a stretch mark that is lighter than their skin tone. If not treated they become scars that can bother you later.
The best thing you can do is to keep your skin hydrated always. This will prevent dryness and itchiness during pregnancy. This can minimize the number of stretch marks on your skin.
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