How to get rid of your stretch marks?
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Stretch marks can happen to anyone, irrespective of age or gender. A more common cause though, is pregnancy. Research suggests that a whopping 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women are likely to develop stretch marks. So, if you’re a pregnant mum or a new mum struggling to remove your stretch marks, here are a few useful things you should know.
Mum, did you know that readable symptoms appear before your skin completely breaks out into stretch marks? So, if you take precautions throughout your pregnancy, it’s more likely that you will be able to reduce them to a great extent.
Also known as striae, stretch marks are indented streaks on your skin and are neither painful, nor harmful. Sudden growth or weight gain is a common cause for stretch marks to appear. Unexpected skin expansion affects collagen in your body that’s responsible for skin elasticity. And that’s why most pregnant women also face this problem as the stomach grows to make space for your little one.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, in the beginning, stretch marks can be of red, pink, purple, brown or dark brown colour. It largely depends on the colour of your skin. Apart from that, they may even feel slightly raised and itchy. It is at this initial stage that you may want to intervene.
Experts say that you may not be able to make the stretch marks completely go, but they can reduce or become lighter over time or with treatments.
Massaging it twice a day in circular motions on abdomen, breasts, lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs can be of great help.
Post-delivery you may directly apply it on the affected areas in a similar way for a minimum of three months. Bio-Oil is the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product.
Many mums vouch for home remedies. Although there’s little scientific support to these being successful, you may incorporate these in your routine. Using these home remedies in moderation and with sensibility cause no harm to a pregnant or new mum in normal circumstances.
- Coconut Oil: Healing properties of coconut oil help in fast recovery of skin wounds. You can massage virgin coconut oil on the affected areas twice a day.
- Aloe Vera: Well-known for its healing properties, pure aloe vera can also make your skin smooth. The glucomannan and gibberellin compounds in aloe vera help in increasing collagen synthesis. That in turn helps in lightening the stretch marks. Mix fresh aloe vera gel with Vitamin A and Vitamin E oils and apply this mixture on stretch marks.
- Sugar: Microdermabrasion is a scientific method known to lighten stretch marks. In this process, sugar is a key ingredient. When using it at home, you can mix one cup sugar with a quarter cup almond or coconut oil and some lemon juice. Scrub this mixture on your stretch marks for eight to ten minutes. Do this two to three times a week prior to bathing.
- Shea butter: Highly moisturising, shea butter is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It can help in repairing the damaged skin cells. You can directly massage with it on the stretch marks for a few times throughout the day.
- Castor oil: Ricinoleic acid in castor oil is a skin-conditioning agent. It is not only good for skin and hair-fall problems, but also said to be effective in lightening the stretch marks. 15 to 20 minutes massage with warm castor oil is said to do the trick.
Apart from these home remedies, there are some other remedies that help you prepare your body to handle the extra expansion of your skin. This includes some important lifestyle changes that can be implemented in consultation with your doctors.
Once again, there isn’t enough research that can vouch for the success of these, however, they pose no harm when carried out under an expert guidance.
- Consuming food rich in Omega 3’s: Your skin stays supple when your body has enough amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids. That is said to help in keeping the skin elastic. Fish, chia seeds, walnuts, soybean are some foods with high content of these fatty acids. But pregnant mums should consult their expert before consuming fish and nuts as some of these may not be suitable during pregnancy.
- Getting enough Vitamin D: As we know, our body cannot produce Vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight can help you get this nutrient in sufficient amounts. But yet again, it’s imperative to remember that too much of anything is bad. So, while you soak yourself in the morning sunlight, moderation should be your go-to-Mantra.
- Focusing on a healthy weight gain: Since sudden weight gain is an important factor in the appearance of stretch marks, giving attention to weight gain during pregnancy might help. You should speak to your doctor about this and they can guide you as well as monitor your weight regularly.
Mum, you can try these different methods to find out if they work for you. You may even try Bio-Oil that’s trusted by many for their stretch marks. Find out more about Bio-Oil here.
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