Stretch marks are caused in pregnancy due to the constant stretching of the skin as a result of increased weight in pregnancy. Find here the treatment solutions and natural ways of getting rid of stretch marks.
Stretch marks, rashes and itchiness are all part of pregnancy. You may find development of pink coloured fine lines on your thighs, belly, shoulders and back known as striae. It is normal for you to feel itchy in those areas.
How Can I Prevent Stretch Marks on My Body?
Many doctors believe that there is nothing you can do to prevent stretch marks. No matter what the anti-stretch mark cream makers tell you or how much cream you apply. Other medical practitioners believe that you may be able to reduce the chance of stretch marks if your skin is supple and well-toned. Some say that lightly stretching your skin between your thumb and finger and then applying the cream may help in keeping the skin supple.
I Am Breaking Out In Rash. Help!
These eruptions are known as PUPPP (Pruritic Urticarial Papules & Plaques of Pregnancy), a condition which appears in the first pregnancy and disappears after delivery, never to appear again. It may also arise in the form of stretch marks on the thighs, arms & buttocks. An antihistamine, carticosteroid or topical medication might help.
I Have a Terrible Itch on My Abdomen
As your skin is in the process of stretching, this is only normal. As this continues, your skin will feel dry and itchy. You can try an anti-itching lotion for relief.
Causes Behind Stretch Marks
You need not worry, as stretch marks are very common in pregnancy and almost all women get them. This happens because your skin is being stretched and effects of hormones too cannot be ruled out completely.
There are 3 layers in our skin: The outer layer of epidermis, the middle layer or dermis and the inner layer or sub cutis. The stretch marks appear on the second layer. The constant stretching of the skin causes the dermis to break and the stretch marks become visible.
Appearance of the stretch marks is also dependent on your skin type. Those with more elastic skin may not develop marks easily. Do not worry, as your marks and itchiness all shall be gone upon the birth of your little one. However, you may need medical assistance if you need them to fade away completely.
Gaining Weight in Pregnancy
Stretch marks become even more common when you put on too much of weight. It is normal to gain around 11 to 12kgs in pregnancy, however; this tends to vary from one person to the other. Weight that you shall be gaining shall depend on your pre-pregnancy weight. However, you must not be dieting to lose weight when you are pregnant. You after all have your whole life to look great and in shape. This is the time when you must concentrate more on good food and plenty of rest.
In case you are gaining too much of weight, you can always have a talk with your doctor. You shall be advised the approach to be followed if your weight crosses 100kgs.
Appearance of stretch marks shall not cause any harm to your little one. You too shall gain back your flawless skin with time. You can talk to your doctor about special creams you may apply to get rid of them fast after delivery.
Post-Delivery Treatments for Stretch Marks
Here are discussed some of the common treatment solutions that you may look for:
Some ointments used to treat stretch marks after delivery contain a kind of fibrous protein that offers the necessary elasticity to skin. However, this should not be used in course of pregnancy to avoid irritations.
Laser therapy is often suggested to help you get rid of the marks. This therapy works by supporting growth of collagen and ensures no new stretch marks are formed. Again, this can be considered a solution only after you have delivered your child.
Excimer laser helps in stimulating the melanin secretion, so that the stretch marks are less visible.
Fractional photothermolysis is also similar the previous one and it works by targeting the affected skin. This process does not cause much damage to your skin.
Microdermabrasion is a therapy that polishes your skin and makes it more elastic. This ensures you do not develop any new marks.
*All the above remedies to treat stretch marks should be strictly used only after delivery and after consulting your doctor.
Preventing Itchiness and the Marks
There are dermatologically tested creams that are known to help fade away those fine lines which you should use only after consulting your doctor. However, there is no medical evidence behind this. Whether creams and oils are effective enough to reduce those lines is a subject of debate.
While you can surely get relief from the itchiness, you may not be able to get rid of the marks completely. The best way is to rely on the natural process to allow the lines to fade themselves. However, doctors suggest that those who have developed stretch marks in puberty can get rid of them with creams and oils.
In pregnancy, you may start using the moisturiser as prescribed by your obstetrician and drink plenty of water even before appearance of the stretch marks, so that you can deal with them better.
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