Can Stretch Marks During Pregnancy Be Removed?

Did you know that up to 90% of women get some sort of stretch marks on their bodies during pregnancy? Also known as striae gravidarum, these pinkish or light colored marks mar the stomach, buttocks, breasts, and upper thighs of many women. These are caused by small tears in the skin as the stomach or body grows faster than the skin’s elasticity can handle.

Most women want to know if stretch marks can be prevented. Unfortunately, there’s only a little you can do for them. To prevent them, you want to keep your weight gain to a moderate pace.

Also, it can help to moisturize the skin internally by drinking lots of water, and externally by using natural creams, such as cocoa butter. You can also try soaking in baths to encourage additional water absorption, or using creams that encourage skin turnover. Just make sure whatever you use is safe for pregnant women. However, there is a chance you will still get some.

After the pregnancy, the stretch marks usually fade within twelve months. You can help them fade faster by using natural creams that contain exfoliating ingredients and acidic ingredients to help encourage the formation of new skin.

Some good ingredients to look for include shea butter, aloe vera, licorice extract, and vitamin E. Avoid any creams that contain chemicals if you are nursing, as you don’t want to risk anything entering your baby’s body.

If you are especially self conscious about it, there are topical creams such as tretinoin that can be prescribed by a dermatologist. There is also laser removal and tummy tucks which can reduce the appearance. However, most skin marks will disappear just through using natural treatment.

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