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Pregnancy Stretch Marks

It’s not uncommon these days for a woman to flaunt her post-pregnancy body and wear it like a badge of honor. There’s no reason why she shouldn’t! Giving birth is a natural and beautiful process and the shape the body takes after the baby is born is nothing to be ashamed about.

However, not most of us are comfortable in our own post-pregnancy skin and desperately look for ways to hide those ‘flaws’. Pregnancy stretch marks are one such flaw. The problem with them is they stay for a lifetime and don’t heal on their own. Hence, in their case looking for effective treatment and prevention methods becomes very important.

So today let’s talk about the types of stretch marks treatments available and how they can be prevented-

Stretch marks creams and oils: These are the commonest form of treatment for stretch marks. They are inexpensive and usually do the job if the instructions are followed correctly. Like Bio Oil for example. It can significantly lighten stretch marks with regular use and keep your skin hydrated.

Home remedies: Second only to creams and oils, many women resort to home remedies as they are very cost effective and come with the minimal risk of side effects. For example, almond oil is commonly used as a home remedy. However, home remedies are not a sure shot cure. Sometimes, they are the best option, but usually we just have to take a chance.

Prescription medication: Topical medications containing either hyaluronic acid, retinoid or tretinoin are prescribed by doctors as treatment for stretch marks. These have side effects though and are generally not recommended for pregnant women or new mothers.

Medical procedures: Lastly, treatment for pregnancy stretch marks can take the form of cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, ultrasound, laser therapy, radiofrequency and microdermabrasion. Needless to say, these are highly expensive and come with risks.

Original article: https://www.momjunction.com/articles/pregnancy-stretch-marks-types-of-treatment-and-prevention_00458479/