Using Creams For Stretch Marks While Breastfeeding

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You had waited nine months for your baby to be born, and he is finally here! All of your attention is probably focused on him in making sure that he is eating well, growing and thriving. Your body went through a lot of changes. You no longer have a large belly, but you may notice that you have residual marks left on the skin around the belly area. These are stretch marks. Some women even have them on their thighs, hips, buttocks and breasts.

stretch marksStretch marks happen when the skin is overstretched and the tissue beneath the skin that is supposed to support the skin went through changes in elasticity.

The stretch marks may start out looking pink, red, brown, or even purple, based on the natural color of the skin. Stretch marks do not completely go away, but they do fade away over time.

You may wonder if there was anything you could have done to prevent stretch marks. The answer is, probably not. Genetics have a lot to do with whether or not someone gets stretch marks. Also, if you gained weight rapidly during the last several weeks of gestation, you will probably end up with stretch marks.

The condition of your skin while you were pregnant also played a role in the stretch marks that developed. If your skin was dry, that may mean that your body was not fully hydrated. When your skin tissues are dehydrated, they lose elasticity. So, when the skin stretches, instead of stretching along, it will have tiny tears, leaving your skin with stretch marks.

There are topical creams that can be applied to the stretch marks to reduce their appearance. A lot of doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid using skin care products that contain ingredients that can be harmful to the fetus. That is because these ingredients get absorbed into the skin, right into your bloodstream and into the fetus.

RetinoidHowever, what about after the baby is born? Can stretch mark creams be used then? The answer is, it depends.

If you are breastfeeding, any ingredients from your skincare products will be absorbed into your body and into your milk.

If your baby is feeding from you, he will ingest those ingredients. So, given that possibility, you should not use any creams that has synthetic ingredients that can be harmful to the breastfeeding baby.

A lot of stretch mark creams contain retinoids because this ingredient is effective in promoting the production of collagen and cell renewal, which are important in healing skin that has stretch marks. However, it is difficult to say how much retinoids will be secreted in breastmilk. Retinoids are unsafe for infants. Therefore, to be on the safe side, you should wait until your baby is no longer breastfeeding before you use retinoid creams.

There are stretch mark creams that are 100% natural, using only the safest, natural or organic ingredients, that are safe to use while you are breastfeeding. Cocoa butter is natural and is safe, as is avocado oil which is rich in vitamin E. Avocado oilThese ingredients help in making your skin more elastic.

You can massage this onto the affected area of your skin in a circular pattern. The massaging motion helps with smoothing the skin.

You can exfoliate that area of your skin by taking a firm bristle brush and brushing the stretch marks. This can slough off the very top layer of skin and allow new cells beneath to grow.

After you using the brush, wash off the dead skin cells, and follow by massaging in an organic stretch mark cream. This helps your skin absorb in the stretch mark cream more efficiently.

You may get the results by combining methods like exfoliating and nourishing. If you have stretch marks on your breasts, it is better to avoid using stretch mark creams of any type in that area because you do not want to get any of the cream’s residuals into the mouth of the baby. Work on the breast area after you no longer breast feed your baby.

If you are really concerned about your stretch marks, you should make an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss your options. It is true that the sooner you start treatment on your new stretch marks, the better results you will get. Old stretch marks take longer to fade than new stretch marks. And it will take a while for the stretch marks to fade. You can start seeing good results in a few months after you begin treatment.

omega 3Although you are limited to what you can do for your skin on the outside, you can certainly spend more time on learning how to nourish your skin from within.

You should be eating a healthy diet that is full of leafy green vegetables and berries.

They contain antioxidants that are beneficial for healthy skin. Make sure that you stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Skip the junk food and eat more fruit. Avoid cigarettes and excessive alcohol. Boost your intake of omega-3 by eating more fish instead of red meats.

Also be sure to get plenty of exercise. When your body is in good health overall, it will heal and rejuvenate faster. That goes for any area of your body, including your skin. Stick with healthy habits and try some of the skincare suggestions above. Your stretch marks will start to fade away before you know it.

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