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Stretch marks during pregnancy – why do they occur and how can you get rid of them?

Stretch marks during pregnancy

Over 50% of pregnant women develop stretch marks during pregnancy in different areas of the body. Although stretch marks are caused by changes in skin elasticity, scientists blame genetic inheritance. This explains why some women get stretch marks despite a rigorous skin care and moisturizing routine during pregnancy, and others do not, despite doing nothing special to prevent it. If you find yourself in such a situation, the information below will be of great help!

Why do stretch marks occur?

In pregnant women, stretch marks appear in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, as a result of a rapid stretching of the skin, but also a sudden weight gain most of the time. Stretch marks are generally pink, red or purplish in color, and are the result of inflammation caused by damage to elastic fibers as the skin stretches. Pregnant women also go through a hormonal imbalance during this period, and hormones such as estrogen or relaxina can weaken the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, making them more prone to breakage, which leads to stretch marks.

Studies have shown that the predisposition to stretch marks can be passed on genetically – if your mother or grandmother had stretch marks during pregnancy, chances are you’re likely to develop them too.

Is there anything you can do to prevent stretch marks?

There’s no guaranteed way to completely prevent stretch marks, but there are a few things you can do that will lower your risk of developing them:

  • Maintain a healthy weight – gaining weight gradually and healthily during pregnancy can reduce excessive strain on your skin (you’ll also get this advice from the doctor monitoring your pregnancy),
  • Moisturizing the skin – you can use moisturizing creams and lotions during pregnancy, especially around the abdomen, breasts and thighs to maintain skin elasticity,
  • Massage – massage with moisturizing oils can improve circulation and skin elasticity,
  • Healthy eating – a balanced diet, rich in essential nutrients, can help maintain skin health,
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun – one of the factors that can lead to stretch marks is prolonged exposure to the sun, so make sure you don’t spend too much time in the sun and use sunscreen,
  • Sufficient hydration – water is the best trick to keep your skin hydrated.

It’s important to mention that stretch marks can still occur, even if you follow all the above tips. Our advice is not to fret, be gentle with yourself and embrace the changes in your body. Stretch marks can then be treated at Deluxe Clinic.

How can you get rid of stretch marks?

Completely eliminating stretch marks and improving the appearance of your skin can be a lengthy process. There are many creams and lotions available on the market that claim to improve the appearance of stretch marks, many of them based on vitamin E, shea butter, natural oils or hyaluronic acid. Regular application of these products to the skin can help to deeply moisturize and improve the appearance, but you shouldn’t expect miracles. One effective way to fade stretch marks at the moment is laser treatment. The laser stimulates collagen production and gradually improves the appearance of the skin. Results differ from person to person, and your expectations of treatment should be realistic – stretch marks can be quite difficult to remove completely, and results start to show after a few treatment sessions. Even though laser treatment is considered less invasive than other procedures, it is recommended that you postpone these sessions if you are breastfeeding.

We look forward to seeing you at Deluxe Clinic for an evaluation of your skin’s appearance and a personalized treatment plan!

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