Stretch marks occur when expanding skin is stretched to its limit and tiny tears appear in the supporting layers of skin. Stretch marks are common in pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters. An estimated 75-90 of women will get stretch marks on their abdomen, breasts, thighs or buttocks during pregnancy. Your chances of developing stretch marks is dependent upon a number of factors such as family history, ethnicity, age, diet, weight gain and loss and the hydration of your skin.
One of the best ways to prevent stretchmarks during pregnancy is to ensure that you keep your skin hydrated. This will provide your skin with the best chance of stretching without damage. Using a specially formulated hydration lotion during pregnancy will help.
Once stretch marks have appeared you can help repair and reduce the appearance of his damage by using specially formulated stretchmark creams. These help repair the elastin and collagen and rejuvenation the skins layers.