SISJ PREGNANCY & BEAUTY: COMBAT STRETCH MARKS & DRY SKIN >
Well here we are, my first semi-pregnancy post! However, Bio Oil is not new to me or my pregnancy. In fact, he has been my little secret skin saver for some time!
About three years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) – PCOS is a complex condition in which a woman’s ovaries are generally bigger than average. Polycystic means the ovaries have many cysts or follicles that rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs capable of being fertilised. So, in layman’s terms… It makes your hormones GO CRAZZZZZY! One of the effects I experienced was an outbreak of terrible skin at the age of 25! I am talking cystic acne, deep under my skin. With a Dermatologist as a mother-in-law and a Cosmetic Physician as a husband, you’d think I would have perfect skin right?! Wrong. We all worked together for about 12 months before we looked into invasive or more severe treatments. After 12 months I went on Roactine for 9 months and it completely cured my skin! It is not an easy drug – I experienced extremely dry eyes, nose and skin. It was then I started using Bio Oil after the advice from my hubby.
Bio‑Oil is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and dehydrated skin. I used this all over my body every single night, as well as on my neck and face (5/7 days a week). I have had many people say to me “doesn’t it give you pimples?”, no. However, remember that results will vary from person to person and I could handle it. Bio Oil is quick at absorbing into your skin and does not leave a greasy film.
STRETCH MARKS: So, let’s just BUST some stretch marks myths right here and now shall we?! Ladies, if your body decides to grow at an insanely fast rate particularly during pregnancy, stretch marks are sometimes unavoidable. For example, my breasts went from a small-medium c-cup and in 4 weeks (by week 5), they were a BIG double-d! Hmmm. I am sure some of you would be rejoicing, but I am not! They are enormous and very annoying ha-ha (and the hubby isn’t a boob man, so they are totally wasted!). I do have small and pale stretch marks under and around my nipples unfortunately. No oil or skincare treatment can combat a growth spurt that fast and that intense. However, so far (knock on wood), I have been really lucky everywhere else. My skin definitely itches from time to time as it stretches, no marks. I also haven’t developed a Linea Nigra (that line that some pregnant women get from the belly-button down). It looks like a giant scar, however, it is only skin pigmentation. Generally this should go after childbirth, however, it may decide to hang around. While my belly is definitely expanding, it seems to be behaving and a normal rate – unlike my chest!
I use the Bio Oil as a preventative measure in the morning and again at night before bed. I have found it really does help with dry skin, itching and also anti-ageing. The likelihood of developing stretch marks also varies according to skin type, race, age, diet and hydration of the skin. Those most prone to stretch marks include pregnant women, body builders, adolescents undergoing sudden growth spurts and individuals who experience rapid weight gain.
Unfortunately stretch marks are permanent in nature, and although Bio‑Oil is formulated to help improve their appearance, it can never remove them. Treatments AFTER birth and breastfeeding can include laser therapy and also Vitamin A treatments. I will talk about these more in detail at a later date.
If you have any questions, please let me know.