Pregnancy is a period conducive to the appearance of stretch marks: rapid weight gain can in fact harm the epidermis, which becomes covered with purplish streaks. If there are solutions to prevent stretch marks, there are also solutions to reduce their appearance once the unwanted ones have taken hold! Let's review what you can do during and after pregnancy to treat white stretch marks and make them less visible.
- Red stretch marks VS white stretch marks, what are the differences?
- How to treat white stretch marks due to pregnancy?
- White stretch marks after pregnancy: the shock treatment!
Red stretch marks VS white stretch marks, what are the differences?
When the skin is subjected to too much tension, and it is not elastic enough to support it, the dermis tears. In other words, the skin “cracks” and unsightly streaks appear: these are the famous stretch marks.
During your pregnancy, they can invade your stomach of course, but also your chest, which also gains volume, your buttocks, the upper thighs or the lower back. Bad news: they often arrive in flocks, so you can expect to see several appear in the same area! Initially, the stretch marks will be very apparent and will take on a purple, pinkish, or even red tint. This is what we call red stretch marks: recent stretch marks, which reflect inflammation of the dermis.
Little by little, after a few months or a few weeks, these stretch marks will whiten and take on a pearly hue, like a scar: we then speak of white stretch marks. The image is well chosen because unfortunately, like a scar, the stretch mark never completely disappears. However, there are solutions to treat and fade white stretch marks, during and after pregnancy.
How to treat white stretch marks due to pregnancy?
Rule #1 : Prevent the appearance of stretch marks. We can't repeat it enough: the simplest thing is to take the lead and intensely moisturize your skin with a specific anti-stretch mark treatment, massaging yourself morning and evening from the start of pregnancy. A gesture that may seem daunting, but which is very important in preventing stretch marks:
Daylily anti-stretch mark treatments have been designed to make massage a real moment of pleasure: our Huile Sensorielle and our super hydrating Lait Fondant are delicately scented and penetrate quickly to transform the chore into a pleasant moment of relaxation! Their complex of five natural oils (Rosier rose, Olive, Sweet almond, Macadamia, Avocado), associated with Dermochorella, anti-stretch mark active par excellence, helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and soften the skin of treated areas. It's up to you to choose the format and texture that suits you best, or to use them alternately.
In addition, use La Pause Douceur, our fabric mask for the stomach. The hydration of the skin of your baby bump is boosted and the risk of stretch marks is reduced thanks to the hyaluronic acid and dermochlorella it contains.
To enhance the effectiveness of these treatments, we advise you to exfoliate your skin using the Gant Sublimateur before application. Both sides of the glove will scrub your skin and remove dead skin using the Les Bulles Lavantes. Your skin will be ready to welcome and absorb the treatments!
Despite all your attention, stretch marks have appeared? Don't panic, there are solutions to reduce their size, their number and improve their appearance.
Rule #2 : Act… immediately!
The appearance of red stretch marks should not cause you to give up. On the contrary, we must act – or continue to act – and quickly! Unfortunately, not all women are on an equal footing when it comes to the appearance of stretch marks: if you have very fair skin, if the women in your family are prone to stretch marks, if you are expecting twins or a baby 4kg, you are more at risk than others.
Keep in mind that it is always easier to act on red stretch marks which are still young, and that it will be more complicated to act on white stretch marks, which are older and therefore already fixed in some way in the skin.
It is essential to continue to massage the affected areas several times a day with appropriate care. Pregnant women are recommended to massage their stomach up to three times a day, so don't hesitate to spend a few minutes several times during the day!
A healthy lifestyle is also important, but as a pregnant woman, you must have heard it many times: drink 2 liters of water per day, and give pride of place to foods that help you boost your production of collagen: fatty fish, oilseeds, eggs, and generally all fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A, C and E.
White stretch marks after pregnancy: the shock treatment!
Have you just welcomed your baby? First of all, don't let up on your efforts, because stretch marks can still intensify or even appear altogether a few weeks after giving birth, while your stomach gradually returns to its initial shape. Rapid weight loss can also lead to the appearance of streaks – and few new mothers know this! So continue to use your stretch mark prevention treatments several weeks after giving birth.
The ideal? Switch to a well-nourishing product specially formulated for post-pregnancy, like our Baume Onctueux, which acts on skin firmness, cellulite, and stretch marks. It indeed contains a powerful active ingredient, Body3complex, composed of Shea Butter, Avocado Kernel Extract and Bentonite, a trio that is good for you! It will help you both prevent and reduce stretch marks.
And like all Daylily products, it is formulated without harmful or controversial ingredients, and can be used while breastfeeding!
Then, know that even if it is possible to act after pregnancy on the appearance and size of white stretch marks, the action will however remain more limited than on red stretch marks and it is almost impossible to see them disappear completely and naturally. So aim to treat stretch marks as soon as possible after they appear and if possible while they are still colored. This is where our creamy balm will be most effective.
To go further, you will need to call a health professional (doctor, dermatologist, or cosmetic surgeon) and consider more serious treatment. The use of laser, chemical peeling, LED light pulses, and cosmetic surgery are all solutions that can be considered if your white stretch marks bother you. However, these operations remain expensive, not without risks, and with variable results depending on the nature of your skin and your healing capacity. Obviously, these can only be done after the baby arrives. And before any operation, it is obligatory to seek the advice of your doctor or a health professional.
Red stretch marks, or white stretch marks, you are now equipped to face them during and after your pregnancy, we wish you lots of happiness and serenity!