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Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched, during pregnancy; this is due to rapid weight gain. Getting to the bottom of the stretch mark situation has become a major necessity, since about ninety percent of pregnant women can expect to develop stretch marks, according to industry experts. Believe it or not, there is one positive about stretch marks, many pregnant women who get stretch marks during pregnancy, can often see their stretch marks fading away, naturally, after the birth of their baby. YEAH!
According to some doctors, to keep stretch marks to a minimum, having a healthy and regular exercise regime during pregnancy may help. There are also several creams, such as hydroxy creams and topical Retina-A that can temporarily improve the appearance of some stretch marks. But pregnant women should not use any of the prescription creams, without consulting a doctor. Although creams may have a temporary effect on stretch marks, genetics seem to play the biggest role on whether or not a pregnant woman will get stretch marks.
There are, however, ways to try to get rid of stretch marks. Dr. Joshua Fox is using lasers to fade stretch marks, he found that sometimes, the laser lessened the red scars. The laser works by burning off the top layers of scarred skin, with very little pain and no bleeding. Even though this form of laser treatment of stretch marks is not an industry standard, the technique is defiantly gaining in popularity.
If this procedure seems a bit to expensive or drastic, makeup, is still considered the fastest and most affordable method to hide (not get rid) of your stretch marks. I have found that mixing two shades of foundation, that are the closes to your skin color, will have the most effect on hiding the dreadful stretch marks. (This secret was past on to me by a make up specialist).
There is makeup to cover the marks, lotions to soften them and even lasers to zap the stretch marks away. But unfortunately, ladies, there is no sure fire way of getting rid of stretch marks, without the help of plastic surgery.