Stretch marks are a form of skin scarring. It is characterized by an off-color hue that is a result of slight tear on the outer layer of the skin. Although these painful stretch marks can disappear over time, it can be bothersome to look at them. Some women even feel embarrassed looking at the marks of striae, which is how stretch marks are called in dermatology. The unsightly marks that develop on the skin do not only displease women but men as well.
Painful Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
A high percentage of women develop painful stretch marks during their pregnancies.It usually appears during the late second trimester up to the third trimester, during the sixth and seventh month when the bellies begin to grow very fast. It causes the skin to be so stretched. It is at this time that the skin tends to be subjected to severe stretching forces as the baby develops inside the womb.
Causes and Treatments for Stretch Marks Pain
Stretch marks occur when the skin is stretched hastily. The development of stretch marks pain is the result of the separation of the collagen from the skin due to tearing.The release of glucocorticoid hormone affects the epidermis by stopping it from forming elastin and collagen fibers. These two are necessary in keeping the skin taut. Without these supportive fibers, it leads to epidermal tearing which is what is causing the painful stretch marks.
Some treatments include topical ointments and creams that can be applied as soon as the baby is delivered. Some of these stretch mark treatment creams should not be used by breastfeeding mothers because it has been observed to have a negative impact on the milk supply of the baby. There are however natural treatments that include aloe vera, grapefruit seed extract, and vitamin E. More advanced treatments would include laser, plastic surgery, or a tummy tuck to conceal the evident stretch mark pains.