How to Prevent Stretch Marks
You have arrived at the holy grail of flawless skin. Waiting ahead is all the information you need to understand and erase stretch marks, loose skin, and even cellulite. If it wasn’t obvious, Dermaclara is the holy grail, and we are so happy you found us.
Cellulite vs Stretch Marks
We want to clear the air before we get into stretch marks. Cellulite is different than stretch marks. It forms when the bands connecting your skin to underlying muscles tighten irregularly. The tightening pulls down your skin and pushes up the fat beneath, creating cellulite. Cellulite can arise due to genetics, age, fat, the thickness of your skin, and hormones. So, the development of cellulite and stretch marks is significantly different.
What is a Stretch Mark?
It’s actually very simple. Stretch marks are scars! Stretch marks appear when the skin rapidly stretches or shrinks. Because of the speed of change, the actual building blocks of the skin can’t keep up and rupture. Collagen and elastin are the main building blocks. When they rupture, stretch marks are born. Cellulite and stretch marks can get confused because they appear in similar places (stomach, thighs, and butt), and both rely on the building blocks of the skin to maintain smoothness.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
You may be wondering, “When do you start getting stretch marks?” As we said above, stretch marks are associated with weight gain and loss. But that can be more complicated than simple diet or lifestyle changes. Stretch marks are common during puberty, growth spurts, muscle growth, and pregnancy. You may also be wondering, “do stretch marks become more visible when you lose weight?” Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Stretch marks are more likely to develop from gaining weight but will not disappear from simply losing weight. If you have stretch marks, you’ll notice they come in different colors. They will appear red, purple, pink, or brown if they are new. Fresh stretch marks are often slightly raised and itchy. Yes, itchy stretch marks are a real thing! Don’t worry; the skin is just thin and healing. For our pregnant mamas out there, asking, “does scratching cause stretch marks?” The answer is no. There is no scientific evidence proving giving into that itch or rubbing your belly while pregnant will cause stretch marks. Older stretch marks are faded and will look silver. You will feel a slight dip when you run your hand over them. These stretch marks have essentially healed and leave a slight depression similar to a scar.
Are Stretch Marks Genetic?
Yes, stretch marks are genetic. If you notice your mother or grandmother has stretch marks, you will most likely develop them. If you are lucky enough, you may get stretch marks in the same spots. So you and your relatives can be matching!
When Do Stretch Marks Appear in Pregnancy?
Outside of puberty, pregnancy is the other primary time stretch marks will form. Stretch marks occur due to rapid expansion of the skin, and growing a baby requires a lot of room, so the skin will need to stretch to accommodate. Throughout your pregnancy, you may notice stretch marks on your stomach and elsewhere between 6 to 7 months or your second and third trimesters.
Are Stretch Marks Treatable?
It’s true there are procedures you can opt into to treat stretch marks. You can decide to do one of the following methods. Laser Therapy & Microdermabrasion Both of these procedures stimulate and produce collagen and tighten elastin fibers. Chemical Peels & Micro-Needling Glycolic acid peels combined with micro-needling have proven effective.
This combination has also been proven to work for stretch marks on darker skin tones. Topical Vitamin for stretch marks comes in the form of retinoids and tretinoin. Vitamin A helps fade stretch marks but is most effective with newer ones.
Before you start searching “stretch mark treatment near me,” know that each method has its risks. Be sure to talk with your doctor and dermatologist before selecting either. These procedures are invasive, expensive, not guaranteed, and not always pregnancy-safe. So a conversation with your healthcare provider should be your priority. If you find you are uninterested in the above options, you are not alone! But never fear; you have a solid alternative with guaranteed results. Below we break down simple lifestyle tips to prevent stretch marks and get into the magic of silicone in healing and erasing stretch marks.
Tips on Preventing Stretch Marks
Below are four simple everyday things you can do to prevent the development of stretch marks. You may receive additional benefits from making these slight adjustments.
Drink Water & Hydrate
Other than silicone patches, this might be our most talked about subject. We love water, and we want you to love water too. Being adequately hydrated means the skin is also hydrated, meaning it is softer and more flexible. We recommend drinking 72 ounces of water a day, or nine cups. If you drink caffeinated beverages, be sure to double fist with water. Caffeine increases the risk of developing stretch marks.
Sun Bathe Responsibly
You don’t need to straight up avoid the sun. Healthy levels of Vitamin D help reduce the risk of stretch marks. Of course, there are other ways of getting Vitamin D. Outside supplements, you will find Vitamin C in bread, some cereals, milk, and yogurt. So, keep wearing your sunscreen and soak up the rays safely.
Monitor Your Weight
As weight gain and loss are the main factors for stretch marks, we suggest developing a safe and healthy relationship with monitoring your weight.
Eat the Rainbow
We do not mean eat a plate of skittles! Simply put, the more colorful your plate, the higher the likelihood that you are eating skin-health-boosting foods. You should prioritize foods high in Vitamins C, D, E, and Zinc. When reaching for a snack, make sure you are relying on unprocessed foods. If you find this a little difficult, there are many supplements and resources online for healthy snack recipes.
How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
This is the real deal solution. You do not need to be pregnant or have been pregnant to get these benefits, but today we will be focusing on how Dermaclara silicone patches are the perfect solution to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Our cost-efficient, non-invasive, chemical-free, dermatologist-approved silicone patches effectively fade stretch marks and tighten loose skin. The silicone creates a microclimate between the seal and the skin, stimulating collagen production and boosting moisture. Collagen for stretch marks is the ultimate game-changer.
Through Dermaclara technology, you can safely boost collagen peptides during pregnancy. As collagen is one of the main building blocks of your skin, having a boost is always a plus. Collagen during pregnancy promotes skin regeneration, which heals and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. The result is flawless, perfect skin. Our product is designed for everyone and all kinds of stretch marks! You will notice the difference no matter if the stretch marks are old or new. So, whether they are early pregnancy stretch marks or late-stage, Dermaclara works for all stretch marks while pregnancy. If you are wondering whether silicone patches are safe, our patches were made with mamas in mind.
Our founder, Ashley King, is a mother and prioritized creating a product you can use no matter your life stage. Dermaclara is pregnancy safe and breastfeeding-safe! So you can use them throughout pregnancy, taking care of your expanding belly and the life growing inside. And you can use them after you have given birth when you are breastfeeding to treat stretched skin after pregnancy. Now you know how to avoid stretch marks and saggy skin during pregnancy!
How to Use Silicone Patches
Once you have Dermaclara in hand, follow the steps below to see the best results.
Prep Your Face
Begin by cleaning your face with a cleanser. We recommend Claraprep as it is soft and gentle but effective in clearing away dirt, sweat, and makeup.
Apply Dermaclara Silicone Patches
Apply the forehead, eye, mouth, neck, and chest silicone patches. Our patches are versatile, so feel free to place them anywhere you think you need a boost. Leave them on for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Carefully Remove Dermaclara Silicone Patches
After the time is up, gently remove the patches and clean them. Let them dry before reapplying them to the backing card. Our patches can be reused for 15 to 30 uses. That’s it. Super simple and super effective. Our founder actually suggests adding silicone patches to your nighttime skincare routine. That way, you can apply your patches, take the wait time to finish up nighttime chores, and finish out with the rest of your skincare regimen. Stretch Marks Before and After If you are still not convinced may we present some of our most impressive before and afters? We are very proud of our product and grateful to have a beautiful community of DermaLOVERS who share their journey with us.