Stretch marks or striae are essentially skin tearing that occurs when the skin stretches due to weight changes, pregnancy, drugs, hormones, and more. Stretch marks are one of the most common complaints of women (and men) worldwide! These unsightly lesions cause millions of people severe distress with many resorting to unnecessary or expensive treatments to get rid of them.
87 percent of new and expecting moms-to-be in India agree that they worry about their physical appearances during and post pregnancy. Moreover, 90 percent of new and expecting mothers agree that stretch marks are one of the most worrisome issues with respect to their looks.
Vegetable oils such as coconut oil, castor oil and even olive oil have the property of moisturising skin and smoothing out the wrinkles. Both these actions ensure that these oils are equally good for getting rid of stretch marks. Pregnancy stretch marks can be prevented by keeping the skin hydrated. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin E and C and drinking sufficient water. Pregnant women can use a natural ingredient-based product such as a dry oil which gets rapidly absorbed into the skin without leaving behind a residue.
In reality, stretch marks are treatable and can be managed quite well by a good dermatologist. Topically, a dermatologist will recommend a cream that contains both alpha-hydroxy acids and a topical retinoid. Alpha-hydroxy acids are naturally derived from milk and sugar and act by gently exfoliating the top layer of the skin. This reveals newer skin, ultimately reducing the appearance of pesky marks and scars.