Below are some of the most frequently asked stretch mark questions. For expanded information on these and other topics, use the live search bar above or view posts by catagories.
Where do stretch marks come from?
Stretch marks appear due to rapid weight gain or weight loss from pregnancy, bodybuilding or any other type of weight change that happens too quickly for the skin. They are caused by changes in the elastic tissue in the upper layer of the skin.
Where do stretch marks appear?
Stretch marks are commonly found on breasts, abdomens, thighs and buttocks, but can appear wherever there is sudden and rapid weight gain.
Where do stretch marks appear during pregnancy?
The most common areas that are prone to stretch marks during pregnancy are the breasts, stomach area, lower back and sides or thighs.
What do stretch marks mean?
If you notice stretch marks on your body, it means you have gained and/or lost weight rapidly. That type of growth and loss is stressful on the skin, and instead of stretching slowly and steadily, it stretches too quickly and results in tears in epidermal layer of skin, also known as stretch marks.
What helps stretch marks go away?
Consistent use of topical stretch mark treatment creams can help fade and diminish the appearance of stretch marks. Staying hydrated, eating healthy and exercising can also help stretch marks fade.
What do stretch marks look like after pregnancy?
Stretch marks commonly appear during and after pregnancy on the belly, breasts, sides and sometimes, thighs. They look like small strip-like tears in the skin, and can be flesh-colored, red or purple.
How do stretch marks form?
When the body experiences sudden and rapid weight gain, the skin is forced to stretch quickly, and tears as a result. Examples of sudden and rapid weight gain are pregnancy, bodybuilding and puberty.
Why are stretch marks itchy?
Stretching skin can cause an itching sensation, but stretch marks can also itch if the skin is dry, or even healing. If you’re using a stretch mark treatment cream, and the area is still itchy, it could simply be healing itself.
Are stretch marks permanent?
Stretch marks rarely go away on their own, but consistent use of stretch mark prevention and/or treatment cream can help fade stretch marks dramatically over time.
Will stretch marks disappear after pregnancy?
Using a stretch mark prevention cream during an entire pregnancy is a great way to avoid them all together, but stretch marks from pregnancy typically won’t go away on their own. Topical stretch mark creams can be used to treat and fade stretch marks from pregnancy.
Will stretch marks from puberty go away?
There is no guarantee that stretch marks will ever fade on their own, but stretch mark treatment creams can be used to treat the skin and fade their appearance with consistent use.
Will stretch marks on breasts go away?
Like stretch marks that appear anywhere else on the body, stretch marks on the breasts may fade, but won’t completely go away on their own. With consistent use of a stretch mark treatment cream, stretch marks on the breasts could fade dramatically.
Will stretch marks go away with exercise?
Exercise will not make stretch marks go away completely. Their appearance could fade as the skin beneath the surface is toned and tightened, so exercise will help. Using a topical stretch mark cream in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise will yield the best results of fading the appearance of stretch marks.
Will stretch marks fade when I lose weight?
Stretch marks could fade dramatically when you lose weight, but that’s not a guarantee. They certainly won’t disappear on their own, but you could try one of the topical stretch mark treatment creams on the market that claim to reduce their appearance.
Can stretch marks be removed?
Stretch marks may fade on their own, but there truly is no cure for them. However, there are treatments like laser treatments and topical stretch mark creams that can successfully fade the appearance of stretch marks.
Can stretch marks be prevented?
Yes, stretch marks can be prevented, even during pregnancy, bodybuilding and puberty. A healthy diet and exercise is a great way to prevent sudden and rapid weight gain, but there are also topical stretch mark prevention creams on the market that can keep skin hydrated and strong so it won’t rip during periods of rapid growth.
Can stretch marks appear after pregnancy?
Yes, in fact, stretch marks are extremely common during and after pregnancy as the belly rapidly expands to accommodate a growing baby. There are stretch mark prevention products that can prevent the skin from tearing, and there also stretch mark treatment creams that can treat stretch marks left after pregnancy.
When do stretch marks start during pregnancy?
It is common for stretch marks to appear during the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, as the belly and baby grows faster than it has in any other trimester. However, some pregnant women could see stretch marks almost as soon as their bellies begin expanding; every one’s body is different.
What do red stretch marks mean?
Red or even purple stretch marks are typically newer stretch marks; they haven’t been on the body very long, often times, less than one year.
Are stretch marks scars?
Stretch marks, or striae, are considered a form of scarring as the skin tears to accommodate rapid growth. Although they might fade overtime, they won’t fully disappear without stretch mark treatment creams or other treatment methods.
Are stretch marks from losing weight?
Stretch marks happen during a period of rapid body growth. However they can become deeper or more pronounced when one loses weight, but weight loss is not the cause of stretch marks.
Are stretch marks painful?
Stretch marks are harmless and are not painful. During periods of rapid growth, like pregnancy, some may experience an itching sensation, but stretch marks and the forming of stretch marks is a painless process.
Are stretch marks genetic?
You don’t inherit stretch marks from your family, but you do inherit skin type, risks of weight gain and body type. So, if your mom or grandmother experienced stretch marks, it’s likely that you will, too.
Are stretch marks reversible?
Stretch marks may fade considerably on their own, but for better, more desirable results in fading stretch marks, it’s advised to use a topical stretch mark treatment cream. Laser treatments have been known to work in fading stretch marks, as well.