How To Get Rid of Stretch Marks After Pregnancy
What are stretch marks and what causes them?
These little marks are not uncommon. These tiny scars, becomes visible whenever your skin develops, stretches out and shrinks in a fast pace. These marks generally show out when your body grows, and also if you gain excessive weight.
Stretch marks can be in various forms, such as it may look red, pink, black, blue, or even purple. It totally depends upon how they are caused, where they are located, and for how long they have been.
Stretch marks are very common, when someone is pregnant, because the skin stretches out with time, in a very natural process. These marks may fade over time, but sometimes they choose not to go away quickly and completely. Let’s know and read about how to get rid of these marks, or make these marks fade post-pregnancy.
Various ways to get rid of stretch marks after pregnancy
For getting good results, one must get treated early. Once these marks become old and mature, it becomes difficult to make them go away completely. You can always consult and talk to your dermatologist to see what early-stage treatments they recommend for you. It’s said that whenever you see these marks raising and becoming more visible, initially, it should be well taken care of by massaging with moisturizers and oils, at least once, in a day.
Don’t be upset, if you are unable to get an early treatment for your marks, here are other such remedies, which would make your stretch marks look less noticeable.
Therapies such as Laser, and Light helps to lessen the appearance of the stretch marks. They make those marks less noticeable by creating new collagen, thickening epidermal layer, and by improving elasticity. These therapies tend to make the skin look like it has a flattening appearance and feel smooth, by using wavelengths of light, on the affected area.
Therapies like these are expensive and might need repeated treatments, such as series of maximum 20 sessions, over weeks, in order to get a perfect result.
Always take advice from your dermatologist, before undergoing such therapies, to avoid any sort of side effects.
Application of Hyaluronic Acid and Tretinoin/Retinol, consisting of Vitamin A, makes your stretch marks look less visible. They rebuild collagen and help these marks look like the rest of your skin. Applying these altogether repairs your skin and also gives a texture. According to research, people who apply these moisturizers are seen to get results, after 2 to 3 weeks.
But also remember you should be avoiding these when you are still breastfeeding. You can use any other lotions instead, that involves natural ingredients. But do keep your skin moisturized, as it helps in preserving the elasticity of the skin.
At home remedies
Many readers out there would know some of these tips. DIY (do-it-yourself) home remedies are very common among people, but then there are certain myths that comes together.
Usage of moisturizers, or oils that keeps the affected area smooth and nourished are considered to be the best for stretch marks reduction.
Application of Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Honey, Shea or Cocoa Butter, are always considered to be helpful for the fading of these scars. We often hear from our elders that some of these are the ancient remedies, that were very popular among women, in olden times. We have also heard that women those days made home made lotions and oils and then used it on a regular basis.
Few surgeries such as Microneedling and Chemical Peels helps in fading away the marks.
Microneedling involves micro-needles that are passed on the top layer of the skin to create small holes in it. This helps the body to produce more collagen, and the marks look normal, like the skin on the other parts of the body.
Chemical Peels is a procedure that helps exfoliating the skin. These acidic peels also help in boosting up the collagen production in the body. The act of peeling off is generally done by plastic surgeons or by the dermatologists.
Engaging in physical activities
We know that moving our body does wonders. Be it a slow walk, yoga, running, swimming or any regular exercises that you really enjoy doing, helps, in multiple ways, keeping us healthy.
Similarly, for the reduction of stretch marks, you can try doing those exercises that works on the muscles of the affected area. Not only it helps in toning the skin but also it helps to regenerate the tissues of the body. Engaging in physical activities helps in tightening of the loose skin and makes the raised stretch marks look flat and normal.
Exercises also helps in improving the overall blood circulation, which tends to skin elasticity. The more elastic is the skin, the less visible will be the stretch marks.
Apart from these, exercises help in staying fit and healthy and gives a good balanced diet.
Give time and take time
Most importantly, it is not worth it if mothers take so much of stress after pregnancy. Everything takes time.
Giving birth to a child is a great deal, and the mothers already experience lot of changes in their body, so it is a slow process. The body and the skin slowly repair all the changes, that pregnancy causes.
Someone has said, “Every scar tells a story.” So let you scar speak for you, do not worry about not losing those marks right after a night.
We know that how everyone wants to look fit and appealing, also the new mothers who want themselves to be fit just like they were before. So, trying the above-mentioned ways to get rid of stretch marks may help in a certain way. But before trying anything, always remember to consult it with your doctors as well as your dermatologists, in order to avoid any risk and side-effects. Everything has its advantages as well as disadvantages, so one should always try to be on the safer side.