Almost all women encounter stretch marks after pregnancy. Since they occur as a result of natural reaction to the fast growth and development of an expectant mother’s body, they can occur almost any part on woman’s body, meaning that they can not only appear on the belly but can also appear on other regions. Therefore, knowing how to prevent or remove stretch marks after child births is always important to make any woman stay fit and feel confident after child birth.
What Are The Causes Of Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks appear in most women because the skin cells generates and grows rapidly than usual, hence causing the skin tissue to stretch. Any activity that makes the body enlarge, such as muscle gain, weight gain or pregnancy will definitely stretch the skin. Stretch marks can appear on whichever skin color. However, some women are likely to develop stretch marks than others due to the type of skin they exhibit. Women who tend to have oilier skin will rarely have stretch marks after child birth.
Using Home Remedies
There are some home remedies that are effective in reducing the manifestation of stretch marks after child delivery.
1. Oil Treatment:
Rubbing the affected regions with oils will smoothen the skin and help lessen the stretch marks. One of the most popular recommended for stretch marks alleviation is Olive Oil. This is because it exfoliates and moistens your skin. Besides, it betters the blood circulatory system and curbs stretch marks considerably. When applying, olive oil is gently massaged to the palm area and left for half an hour to absorb vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E to the skin. Despite the fact that this process consumes a lot of time, it gives positive results when adhered to.
2. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is used to manufacture oils and lotions because they are medicinal plants that cures and smoothen your skin. When applying Aloe Vera, use fresh gel instead of the one sold in marketplace. Message it directly on top of the skin, then wait for approximately 15 minutes before cleaning it away using warm water. For it to be effective, smear it twice every day on the affected region.
3. Lemon Juice:
Since lemon juice has an acidic property, it works in getting rid of stretch marks. When applying lemon juice, message it on the stretched area then wait for approximately 10 minutes before rinsing your skin using warm water. In order to achieve top results, this solution should be applied on a daily basis.
When it comes to removing stretch marks as well as other skin problems, the skin must be well-hydrated. Drinking no less than 12 glasses of water on a daily basis will maintain your skin hydrated as well as protect it from harmful substances. It helps in maintaining flexibility and elasticity of your skin. Besides, avoiding using caffeine such as coffee, tea and soda because they may end up dehydrating your skin.
Using medical treatment
If you are exhausted of using home remedies or want instant treatment, here are the medical treatment options. Unfortunately, doctors recommend home remedies more than medical treatments, particularly for breastfeeding mothers. This is because they may perhaps cause harmful side effects.
1. Chemical peels:
Also known as chemexfoliation, chemical peels contains chemicals such as glycolic, trichloroacetic, lactic, carbolic acids or salicylic which when rubbed on stretch marks leads to formation of blisters. After the blister is formed, the skin is then removed for the growth of another skin layer. Some risks that comes with this treatment include, change of skin color, strange skin coloring especially if you are using birth control pills, cold sores as well as scrapings.
2. Glycolic Acid:
Glycolic acid is a suitable peeling substance. It stimulates the skin to produce more collagen, increases skin elasticity, and thus clearing the stretch marks. Glycolic acids are available in capsules and sold in drug stores. However, it is advisable that you consult a medical expert before using them.
Doctors do not recommend this when it comes to removal of stretch marks because it involves peeling of affected areas so that new skin grows therefore results to incision disfigurements which are even worse than stretch marks. Surgery comes with other several risks as well.
When removing stretch marks, it is recommend that you choose home remedies instead of medical treatments, particularly when breastfeeding to prevent any possible side effects in future. However, some women will be lucky not to experience stretch marks after delivery because their skin is less susceptible to stretch marks. Therefore, it is always important to moisturize your skin to prevent appearance of stretch marks other than applying home remedies and medical treatments to stay confident and maintain good body shape after delivery.