Stretch marks is a common problem in the “women’s world”. Usually we run into this when we gain a lot of weight with the pregnancy. Well, we know how stretch marks look but let’s try to discover this inside out.
What are the stretch marks?
According to wiki it is a “form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis which over time may diminish, but will not disappear completely.
Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, bodybuilding etc”.
So, stretch marks change from the natural skin by the color and structure. Sometimes they look like scars on the skin – unpleasant and deformed.
The beauty of pregnant women is undoubtedly but belly and breasts grow up so fast during the pregnancy and some changes with our body make us upset.
Areas on your body that usually affected
Breasts. Because the preparing for breastfeeding, hormone changes in milk producing glands plus rapid growth of a breasts could be the reason of stretch marks appearance.
Abdominal area. Rapid weight gain which cause skin stretching, if the content of collagen and natural skin elasticity is not enough the stretch marks would be more visible.
Thighs, buttocks and hips. This happens when the weight gains really fast, this could not be connected with the pregnancy, even men could experience the problem with stretch marks appearance on these areas. The worst thing is it is more difficult to get rid of stretch marks on hips and thighs that on other parts of the body.
What are the stretch marks treatments are available today?
There are various treatments are available for the purpose of preventing and removing stretch marks on the different body areas. You can choose from cosmetology dermabrasion, laser treatments combined with radiofrequency, fractional laser resurfacing, and different types of creams and lotions.
When you are pregnant and preparing to be a mom, you should be very concern and cautious when choosing the stretch marks treatment therapy.
Radical methods are good after the pregnancy and delivery, but it is always better to prevent than to cure, right? I think that the best way is to use the special creams and oils during the pregnancy to prevent the stretch marks appearance.
How to choose the best stretch mark cream?
Really good question! Especially there are about thousands of different brands on the market nowadays. How to choose? Does the high price guarantee the good quality of the product? Not always.
First of all – read the ingredients! When you are pregnant it is important to take care of you both. Do you know how many chemicals are allowed in pregnancy products? Make sure that the product you choose – cream, gel or lotion is free of phtalates, parabens, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harmful ingredients.
Main ingredients that stretch mark cream should contents
Well, we already know that usually during the pregnancy and weight changes the skin loses collagen and elastin – skin becomes damaged – stretch marks appear.
The conclusion is – the ingredients should boost your natural production of collagen and elastin. Plus the product should be a good moisturizer to make the skin smooth and of course the product should be toxin free – natural and organic – safe for you and your baby.
Ok, what are the common ingredients the stretch mark cream should consist of?
Tretinoin – retinoid, the acid form of vitamin A.
Palm oil, squalene oil, wheat germ oil, sesame oil, and mineral oils. Vitamin E that contains in oils has many biological functions. The antioxidant function is the most important and best known. Mineral oil – the main ingredient of all baby oils help to reduce inflammation, which is particularly useful in the treatment of fresh stretch marks.
Cocoa butter – according to the last studies, cocoa butter does not help to prevent or remove stretch marks, however it deeply moisturizes the skin and helps to retain moisture in the cells, and this eventually helps to make the stretch less noticeable.
Collagen, peptides, shea butter, Aloe Vera, onion extracts etc.
When compare the products it is always good to consider the following criteria: effectiveness, reputable of the company, price and guarantee.
Pregnancy is the most wonderful and exciting moment for each women. No matter how many problems woman have to face. If your skin is not elastic enough and you have a predisposition to stretch marks – the best way is to start using cream at about 9-10 weeks of a pregnancy. The most important thing – is to maintain skin elasticity with its strong tension. What product to prefer – it’s always up to you to decide.