Specially developed to care for your
skin during pregnancy and after giving birth
How does Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream work?
Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream has been designed based on the latest scientific knowledge on the development of stretch marks. Its ingredients are known to act in many ways to support the skin to keep it soft, supple, and elastic:
- Centella Asiatica is a tropical plant which is known to stimulate collagen and fibre production resulting in strengthening of the skin. This addresses the main cause of stretch marks: a weakness in the skin which cannot produce enough collagen and fibres such as elastin to maintain its firm but supple structure.
- Provitamin B5 and glycerine are proven to nourish and moisturise the skin to make it soft, supple and elastic.
- Pure olive oil and skin lipids support the natural skin barrier which is important to protect your skin against external influences.
Mark Cream is:
- Dermatologically tested
- Free from colours
- Free from preservatives
How do I use it?
Apply Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream evenly onto areas prone to stretch marks. Gently massage into the skin twice daily (in the morning and evening) throughout your pregnancy. You can keep on using the product after giving birth. Best results may be achieved when used early on in pregnancy.
The action of pumping creates the vacuum inside the bottle. The vacuum leads then to a retraction of the bag inside the bottle. You will know that the bottle is empty when no product goes out with a strong handling force.
Up to 9 out of 10 pregnant women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy*
What causes stretch marks during pregnancy?
Stretch marks will develop in the majority of pregnant women, sometimes as soon as the first trimester of pregnancy. The rapid expansion of the skin and the major hormonal changes during pregnancy are the main reasons behind stretch marks.
The skin struggles to cope with the rapid stretching and cannot build up collagen and other fibres fast enough to counteract the tension. When this happens, the network of collagen and elastin fibres in the skin can become weak and disorganised in some places, resulting in the appearance of stretch marks. And as if that wasn’t enough, hormonal changes in pregnancy can further contribute to a reduced production of collagen and elastin fibres.
Stretch marks appear particularly on the belly which has to do most of the stretching, but they can also develop on the breasts, thighs and other parts of the body. Unfortunately, once they are established it is very difficult to get rid of stretch marks. Therefore, it is recommended to prepare the skin from early on in pregnancy to improve its elasticity and help reduce the development of stretch marks.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can include an itchy burning sensation which can cause a lot of discomfort and distress.
* S. Chang. Risk factors associated with Striae Gravidarum. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Vol 51 Iss. 9. 881-885 (2004).