This is the number one enemy of all pregnant women: stretch marks. These small reddish streaks that tend to colonize stomach, thighs and breasts are a source of apprehension and fears. With it, the secret is prevention.
Discover all our care tips for body hydrated and without stretch marks.
Stretch marks, what is it?
The marks are small lesions of elastic fibers in the skin. You should know that the secret pregnancy hormone, cortisol, which inhibits the action of collagen, which normally guarantees the elasticity of the skin. The months passed, weight gain increases and the skin stretches more and more. Not flexible enough, it may crack: this is the stretch mark.
Easy to recognize, it is in the form of a line going from pink to red. Size and variable thickness, this scar was her favorite areas: the belly, hips and thighs. But it can also be found on the breasts, buttocks, shoulders, lower back or inside the arms.
Most often they appear the 8th and 9th month of pregnancy, taking advantage of the slightest relaxation of attention. Women are very uneven deal with stretch marks. This is primarily a question of quality skin, and if some are missing without any anxiety, others pay a heavy price. Young skin, smooth white are the most exposed.
Prevent stretch marks: attention to weight gain
Stretch marks are closely related to weight changes. And of course, pregnant women are not the only ones concerned. Weight gain – or conversely loss – too fast is straining the epidermis, which is taken short and tend to “crack”.
Therefore it is recommended to pregnant women to pay attention to her weight curve. Weight gain should be smooth, so that the skin has time to relax gradually and no cash excessive shock. Idem, better regain smooth shape after giving birth, and lose its smooth kilos to not rush the skin.
Remove stretch marks: the focus is on care
If there is no miracle cure for stretch marks, good care is prevention. Indeed, well hydrated, the skin is more flexible and less likely to “crack”. So do not hesitate to feed it daily with appropriate care. Your anti-stretch allies moisturizer and oil.
Early in pregnancy, make it a habit to apply morning and evening on the whole body, focusing on sensitive areas: stomach, thighs, hips, buttocks, breasts. Massage the skin with circular motions to make well penetrate care. You can use a rich moisturizer or balm, or turn to vegetable oils (sweet almond, argan). Similarly, avoid too energetic sports and protect yourself from the sun, which dries the skin and promotes aging. Last tip: you moisturize.
Treatment against stretch marks: what if nothing works?
Despite your best efforts, stretch marks appeared?
Do not panic. Pink, they will gradually clear up, as and extent of scarring, to end and slightly pearly white. The bad news is that stretch marks often disappear completely.
Drug treatments nevertheless exist. For more information, ask your doctor, your gynecologist or dermatologist. The ultimate recourse is peeling or laser treatment, which Kim Kardashian has used (video support), but beware, this is an expensive operation that must be reflected. Think that your stretch marks appear less on tanned skin? Warning, the sun is far from your ally. On the contrary, it may make them more visible, so take care to protect your skin with a treatment suited to your skin type.