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01-31-2024

Treating stretch marks: tips and tricks to reduce those pesky stretch marks.

A common, annoying problem is stretch marks. Especially during pregnancy, many women can suffer from these annoying stretch marks on their abdomen, thighs or breasts. But don't worry, we have some tips and tricks for you to reduce and treat stretch marks!

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What is stretch marks?

Stretch marks can also be know as stripes or marks.

These unwanted changes in our skin occur after rapid growth or weight gain. This is because the skin stretches and thus subcutaneous connective tissue is pulled apart (excessively). Striae occurs in both men and women on different parts of the body such as chest, abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs.

Causes of stretch marks

So, stretch marks are caused by the excessive stretching of the skin, which leads to small tears in the underlying connective tissue. This makes scars that are often red, purple or white in color. Because they are this color, they are "easily" visible on the skin ánd that while we would rather not see them. Although it is difficult to remove stretch marks completely, we do have some tips and tricks. These can help reduce stretch marks and improve their appearance.


Factors that contribute to stretch marks

There are several factors that can contribute to the appearance of stretch marks.

One of the main factors is the (too) rapid stretching of the skin. This often happens during pregnancy, when a woman's belly grows significantly in a short period of time.

Also during puberty, growth spurts can cause the skin to stretch rapidly and cause stretch marks. In addition, excessive weight gain or loss can also cause stretch marks to appear. This is because the skin does not have enough time to adjust to the changes in the body.

Another major factor contributing to the appearance of stretch marks is genetics. Some people simply have a greater predisposition to developing stretch marks than others. If someone in your family suffers from stretch marks, it is - unfortunately - more likely that you will suffer from them as well.

The quality of your skin also plays a role in the formation of stretch marks. If you suffer from dry skin, you are relatively more likely to develop stretch marks. This is because dry skin is less elastic and can be damaged more easily. Fortunately, you can do something about this by making sure you hydrate your skin optimally.

Finally, hormonal changes can play a role in the development of stretch marks. For example, during pregnancy. Hormone levels change which can affect skin elasticity and increase the risk of stretch marks.


What can you do about stretch marks yourself?


Hydrate your skin.

To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, it is important to keep your skin well hydrated. Use a good stretch mark cream. These creams are specially designed to improve skin elasticity and prevent stretch marks . These creams often contain ingredients such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and collagen, which help keep the skin supple and resilient.


Keep skin supple through massage.

It is also important to massage your skin regularly. This can help improve blood flow and reduce the formation of stretch marks. To do this, use an anti-stretch mark cream and make gentle circular movements on the problem areas. By massaging the skin with the right cream, you stimulate blood circulation. This improves the elasticity of the skin, reducing the chances of developing stretch marks.


Follow a healthy diet.

In particular, a diet rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, as well as essential fatty acids. These nutrients help keep the skin healthy and can help reduce stretch marks.


Drink plenty of water.

Last but not least, also make sure you drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated. Especially after childbirth, it is important to keep your skin well cared for and hydrated. Even after childbirth, keep using stretch mark cream and keep massaging your skin regularly. It may take some time for stretch marks to disappear completely. With a little patience and by continuing to use the products consistently, you can really see results.


Which anti-stretch mark cream is best to use?

When it comes to reducing stretch marks, choosing the right cream can make a big difference. There are several options on the market that claim to reduce stretch marks and nourish the skin.


A widely sold product is the Naïf Nourishing Pregnancy Balm. This cream contains natural ingredients such as argan oil, sesame oil and jojoba oil. These ingredients help restore skin elasticity and moisturize the skin. In addition, it helps reduce the visibility of stretch marks and reduces the risk of new stretch marks.  The shea butter-based tummy balm soothes, nourishes, softens and softens the skin. Fun fact: Naïf has developed this balm, especially for pregnant women.


Another option is the Mesoestetic Bodyshock Essential Cream. This cream contains vitamin E and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and firm the skin. This fast-absorbing, moisturizing cream provides an instant feeling of freshness and softness, prevents stretch marks and repairs damaged skin.

€47.00*

Content: 250 ml
In stock
Product number: T-PBOD0050


A nice option is the IMAGE Skincare BODY SPA - Cell U Lift Firming Body Cream. This cream uses advanced ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants to elevator and firm the skin.

€94.00*

Content: 142 gr
In stock
Product number: BS-200


Finally, there is the hannah Remodeling Cream with a high percentage of vitamin E. This cream improves skin structure and stimulates the production of collagen. This ensures that the skin of the abdomen remains soft and supple during pregnancy.

€175.00*

In stock
Product number: 1530445

It is important to keep in mind that every skin is different. Therefore, it may be necessary to try different creams. That way, you will discover which one works best for your specific stretch marks. Discover all products that help reduce stretch marks here.


Other products that reduce stretch marks.

Are you looking for other products that help reduce stretch marks? Then we have a few more options for you!


A popular product is the Naïf Pregnancy Body Oil. This oil is specially designed to nourish the skin during pregnancy and can also help reduce stretch marks. This gentle, natural oil based on grape seed oil and jojoba oil moisturizes and restores the skin. Safe to use during pregnancy and after and the perfect product for massages.

€19.95*

In stock
Product number: 8719325317855


Another product is the Dermaroller - Beauty Mouse. This handy tool uses micro-needles. It stimulates the skin to produce collagen and reduce the formation of stretch marks.

€137.50*

In stock
Product number: DR06


If you are looking for a more luxurious option, the OOLABOO gemstone beauty roller Amethyst might be for you. This beauty roller is made of amethyst crystals and can help firm the skin and reduce stretch marks.

€44.55*

Recommended retail price €49.50*
In stock
Product number: SW10415


Finally, the hannah Body Cream. A nourishing cream, rich in antioxidants, based on macadamia oil that hydrates, soothes and softens the skin. The added caffeine visibly firms the skin and gives it a strong, hydrating antioxidant boost. This makes your body skin smooth, firm and resilient.

€53.00*

In stock
Product number: 1530720

Regular use of these products in combination with other treatments can help reduce those pesky stretch marks. Try them out and find out which one works best for your skin!


Treating stretch marks after pregnancy.

Should you still have stretch marks after using the above tips, there are always treatments available. You can always make an appointment at your Skin Institute.

One method is microneedling, in which tiny needles are pricked into the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This helps to fade stretch marks and smooth the skin.

Another effective way is laser therapy. Stretch mark laser treatment uses laser light to remove damaged skin cells. And the production of new, healthy skin cells is stimulated.

Both treatments can be used in consultation with a specialist to reduce stretch marks after pregnancy.

Want more information or have a question? If so, please contact us!