13 Ways To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks After Pregnancy

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I know that pregnancy is not easy; you face plenty of problems not only during it but after giving birth as well.

For us “women” any health problem can be accepted except for problems that threaten our beauty and appearance and we get very nervous when we get any skin or hair disorder or gaining some weight.

We all want babies but,

By keeping our body as it was before pregnancy and delivery. I think many women will agree with me that one of the most annoying pregnancy problems are Stretch Marks or “stretch marks”.

This reminds me of when one of my friends gave birth. The first question she asked her gynecologist about when he rounded to check her after the delivery was “What should I do about Stretch Marks!?”

But I think to be a mother worth it. Right?

In this context, you will be provided with information about formation and causes of Stretch Marks during and after pregnancy, Risk factors for developing them, Remedies to reduce their appearance and ways of prevention.

Now, Let us address the problem effectively

In order to solve and prevent Stretch Marks after pregnancy you should understand the following question:

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch Marks or also known as “striae gravidarum” or “stretch marks” are a bunch of long lines which appear after or during pregnancy.

Usually at the third trimester their color range from pink, purple to white or silver and are commonly found in belly, hips, thighs, and breasts.

What cause Stretch Marks?

You might be wondering about the reasons why Stretch Marks appear during pregnancy or after giving birth as follows;

During pregnancy,

You gain weight too fast and your belly gets bigger and bigger in a short period of time so your skin becomes very tight which causes tears in the underlying skin tissues.

Those tears form scars which are called “Stretch Marks”.

Hormonal changes,

During pregnancy are involved in Stretch Marks formation as well.

What are the risk factors?

  • Genetic factor

If your mother or sister have Stretch Marks then you are prone to have them too.

  • Twins

Indeed, having a large baby or twins will make you more susceptible to develop stretch marks as it causes the skin to be more stretched.

  • Dry skin

Dry skin lacks hydration and elasticity which makes it more prone to develop Stretch Marks.

  • Excessive amniotic fluid

Women who have excessive amniotic fluid are noticed to have more Stretch Marks than other pregnant women.

  • If you tend to gain or lose weight too fast

Sudden weight gain or loss makes changes to your skin that might not be able to adapt with which will cause tears and scars “Stretch Marks”.

Second, as we promised,

After having a general idea about Stretch Marks, now it’s time to tell you how to deal with them.

Because Stretch Marks are harmless and usually fade away but they need much time and they won’t fully disappear but their color will be similar to your skin color

Best ways to treat Stretch Marks

Here are the best tips, procedures and home remedies to reduce their appearance and make them more acceptable…all what you need is to keep scrolling and enjoy reading!

Retinoid creams

Retinoic acid is a derivative of vitamin A, when it’s applied topically on early Stretch Marks it promotes skin cells regeneration and collagen production which adds elasticity and strength to the skin and helps in improving the appearance of Stretch Marks.

According to a study published by pubmed.gov, it has been found that “Topical application of tretinoin (retinoic acid) significantly improves the clinical appearance of early, active stretch marks”

Note; Please be aware that retinoic acid is contraindicated in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliator which removes dead skin cells and enhances collagen production which helps most in healing new Stretch Marks (reddish ones).

Note; You should consult your doctor first before using glycolic acid on your skin if you’re pregnant.

Physical Exfoliation

Exfoliation can help in improving Stretch Marks by removing accumulated dead skin cells and enhancing blood circulation which promotes new skin cells regeneration.

How can I exfoliate my skin?

The best way to exfoliate is to use natural skin remedies instead of exfoliation products as follows;

Sugar Scrub

Mix sugar granules with sufficient amount of water until the formation of a thick paste then, rub this paste gently into the affected area with a circular motion for ten minutes and leave it for five minutes then rinse with water.

Coffee scrub

Mix coffee granules with sufficient amount of olive oil then rub them into the affected area with a gentle circular motion for ten minutes and leave them for five minutes then rinse with water.

Derma roller

Derma roller has been proved to be very effective in reducing Stretch Marks

How does it work?

It has fine needles that cause tears in skin tissues which induce collagen production and improve blood circulation in the affected area and promotes skin cells regeneration.

How to use it?

  1. Local anesthesia is given to reduce pain sensation.
  2. Move derma roller multiple times over Stretch Marks.
  3. Now it is the best time to apply an oil like argan or olive oil to get its maximum benefit.

Be aware!

  • Needles must be sterile before applying to skin.
  • Don’t use it over inflamed or burned skin.

And here’s a review about using derma roller for Stretch Marks on realself.com

“I am SO HAPPY! After 4 children I thought my only hope for a somewhat normal stomach was a tummy tuck.

While I don’t expect derma rolling to erase my marks, it is doing a good job of fading them and firming the skin!” by cassci

Laser treatment

You gave birth for a long time ago and left your Stretch Marks until they became whitish in color?

So, this solution is for you! Since all remedies and creams are effective for mild Stretch Marks only, Laser treatment can treat old Stretch Marks.

How does it work?

The laser breaks down Stretch Marks through; Collagen production and skin cells regeneration which improves the color of Stretch Marks and makes them smoother and tighter.

 The powerful home remedies can do it too!

1) Use aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera gel contains enzymes and vitamins that accelerate skin healing process and soothe inflammation which helps in fading Stretch Marks.

How to use it?

Extract the gel from aloe vera plant then, apply on your face and do massage it on the affected area for 15 minutes then rinse with water.

2) Use the powerful turmeric

Turmeric is well known for its skin lightening properties so by a repeated application on Stretch Marks it will decrease the color difference between original skin and Stretch Marks. Moreover, it has scar healing properties as well.

 How can you use it?

Mix turmeric powder with yogurt then applies it on the affected area then leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it with water.

3) Argan oil can do it too

Argan oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants that promote skin cells regeneration, scars healing, skin hydration and improve its elasticity. All these properties help in fading Stretch Marks.

How to use it?

Apply oil to the affected area and do massage it for 15 mins until it is fully absorbed.

4) The magical effect of egg white

Egg-Whites to treat saggy skin

It sounds to be weird but yes! egg white is amazing for stretch marks it contains proteins that help in skin regeneration, Amino acids that smooth skin and vitamin A that improves the elasticity of the skin.

How to use it?

Whip egg white until it becomes foamy then apply it on your affected area, and leave it until it becomes completely dry then, rinse it with water then apply a thin layer of any moisturizing oil.

5) Shea butter the best for skin problems

Shea butter is a very powerful moisturizer that contains vitamin A and E with essential amino acids that encourage collagen production and improve the elasticity of the skin. It also helps in smoothing skin and reducing inflammation.

How to use it?

Take some of the butter and rub it in your palm until it melts then, massage it on the affected area in circular motions for 15-20 mins until the skin absorbs it.

6) Vitamin E has the best effect

Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, It hydrates the skin and keeps it young and firm.

How to use it?

1st method, extract oil from vitamin E capsules and massage it on the affected area for 15 mins until it is fully absorbed.

2nd method, extract oil from vitamin E capsules then mix it with shea butter or coconut oil and massage it daily on the affected area for 15 mins.

7) Using coconut oil is amazing!

Coconut oil is a brilliant solution for any skin problem including Stretch Marks due to its ability to prevent skin dryness and heals damaged skin.

How to use it?

1st method to use it as coconut oil, Massage virgin coconut oil on the affected area for 15 mins until it becomes fully absorbed.

2nd method to use it as an exfoliator, Mix coconut oil with brown sugar granules then rub it over the affected area in circular motions for 5 minutes and rinse it with water.

7) Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has skin lightening properties that help in reducing the color difference between Stretch Marks and surrounding skin.

How to use it?

Mix apple cider with water (1:3) then, apply it on the affected area and let it dry then rinse with water then, moisturize the skin.

Because prevention is better than cure

Here are tips for Stretch Marks Prevention as follows:

Stretch Marks bother all pregnant women and as I told you before they are difficult to be treated and take so much time so prevention is very important!!

 Just by following few tips you will be able to prevent more Stretch Marks from appearing on your skin during or after pregnancy.

Moreover, women who don’t develop Stretch Marks during or after their pregnancy do four things as follow,

  • Moisturizing the skin

Once you get pregnant keep sure that your skin is well hydrated especially at the third trimester to keep its elasticity. Use heavy moisturizers like coconut oil and shea butter twice daily and right after taking a shower.

  • Weight loss should be gradual

If you intend to lose weight after pregnancy, be patient and avoid sudden weight loss to prevent developing tears in your skin and formation of Stretch Marks.

  • Healthy Diet

Eat vegetables, fruits, Nuts and fish that contain vitamins that help in nourishing your skin and keeping its elasticity and moisture. Moreover, drink sufficient amount of water to keep your skin well hydrated.

  • Exercise

Regular exercises during pregnancy promote circulation and reduce the risk of developing Stretch Marks.

We have almost reached the end,

I would like to arrange your thoughts by giving you a summary of what was mentioned in the article as follows;

Stretch Marks Facts

  • What are Stretch Marks?
  • What cause Stretch Marks?
  • Risk factors for developing Stretch Marks during pregnancy

Best ways to treat Stretch Marks

  • Natural home remedies
  • Creams like retinoid and glycolic acid
  • Medical procedures like derma roller and laser treatment

Stretch Marks prevention

  • Healthy diet
  • Exercises
  • Moisturizing
  • Controlling body weight

In the bottom line,

Being a mother and having your own baby is a great gift from God so don’t let small pregnancy problems like Stretch Marks bother your or take so much of your thinking.

So throw away bad thoughts that pregnancy makes you lose your beauty or your  body shape and focus on spending great moments and make memories with your baby.

However, I would like to assure the importance of the tips and remedies I have mentioned in the article, they will differ in the appearance of Stretch Marks and in your confidence with your body as well.

If you know other pregnant women let them know and raise the awareness!

Hajar Nagdy
About the author

Hajar is a writer-at-large for all in the name of healthy living. She's also a microbiologist and lecturer. In her free time, she can be found reading self-help books, travelling across Europe, or running a charity campaign.

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Dermalmd stretch mark serum is one of the best way to get rid of stretch marks after pregnancy, I have had 2 children and had horrible stretch marks as a result. I started using the Dermalmd serum and within a couple of weeks, I saw results. Even my husband saw the difference. I highly recommend this serum to every new mom.