Most women will have to deal with stretch marks at some time or other during their lifetime. Young girls can often experience stretch marks during puberty while others experience them by gaining weight. The most common reason for stretch marks is pregnancy. During pregnancy you gain weight all over your body especially your breasts. Your breasts fill with milk after you deliver your baby ready to provide milk.
Stretch marks occur when rapid growth of your breasts has taken place. Your skin doesn’t have time to accommodate this new growth and simply stretches itself instead. This can leave you with those unsightly stretch marks that no one likes.
Your skin is made up of layers of collagen and it is these fibers of collagen which tend to break when your skin is stretched. As the fibers stretch they produce white, red or purple marks on the outside of your skin. It is important to note that the actual damage has been done to the underlying layers of your skin.
As we mentioned the most common occurrence of stretch marks on your breasts occur during the nine months of pregnancy. On the good side there are certain things you can do to reduce your risks of stretch marks occurring.
Obviously the healthier you can stay during your pregnancy the better for both you and your baby. It is also important to keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water helps to get your skin elastic which is why it is so important during this time.
Keep your diet healthy by eating lots of vegetables and fruits, plus many of these contain high amounts of water, another good benefit.
Of course you are going to gain weight while you are pregnant but don’t use this time to over gain. Try and keep to a healthy weight and not put on excess pounds.
If you suffer from dry skin then make sure you use a quality skin moisturizer at least once a day. Again this helps the collagen in your skin and keeps your skin elastic.
Once you have stretch marks there is really no fool proof way to get rid of them. So you should really try to minimize them from the beginning.
There are several creams and home remedies that can help reduce the appearance of your stretch marks to some extent. Home remedies include things like using aloe vera on your stretch marks and even using an oatmeal mixture to help exfoliate your skin.
If you are going to use any type of cream or home remedy while pregnant make sure that they are safe to use. If you are not sure ask your doctor for advice during your next checkup.