Published on May 14, 2022.
Stretch Marks Are Actually Scars
“Stretch marks, also known as ‘striae’, are actually a form of scar. They look like soft lines or streaks in the skin. When they first appear, they are pink or purple and sometimes even red in tone, but as they mature, they become silvery or white. When they change colour, people often find they can ignore them altogether as they tend to look fainter over time.” – Dr Sophie Shotter, founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic
“Stretch marks usually occur when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly – the clue is in the name. This causes tears in the collagen and elastin fibres within the skin’s dermis. Then, as the skin begins to a heal, the marks start to appear. At first, you can expect them to be raised and sometimes itchy – don’t be alarmed about the latter, it’s normal.” – Natali Kelly, aesthetic practitioner.
They’re Incredibly Common
“Around 90% of us will have to deal with stretch marks in our lifetime. The reason they’re so common is because they happen most often during periods of rapid growth. Normally that’s during puberty or pregnancy, but they can appear any time. They’re more common in women and girls, but men can get them too – though they have more collagen and robust skin, so the dermis is less likely to tear.” – Sophie
You Can Improve Their Appearance
“As with any scar, it’s impossible to completely get rid of stretch marks. However, you can significantly improve their appearance. While there’s no magic cream, there are in-clinic treatments that offer impressive results. Usually, these treatments focus on building the collagen and resurfacing the affected area of skin. Options include fractional radiofrequency, mesotherapy, microneedling, laser and chemical peels. All of these stimulate the skin and promote cell turnover. In my opinion, the best results come from combining treatments with good aftercare at home. I also swear by combining mesotherapy with radiotherapy – a technique I use in my latest Venus Vivatreatment.” – Sophie
“Like any scar, over time, you may find the colour fades by itself. While they won’t disappear, the narrow bands of silver will sink further beneath your skin, so technically, they should become less noticeable. One way to minimise their appearance is to really hydrate your skin. It’s a known fact that moisturised skin doesn’t develop stretch marks as quickly as dry skin, so loading up on hydration is essential. As for more in-depth treatments, microneedling and radio frequency can really help to restimulate collagen, improving the overall look of the stretch marks. To really see a difference long-term, you will need to commit to a course of treatments, though.” – Natali
A Firm Massage Can Help
“It’s true massage can’t cure torn skin, or restore lost collagen entirely, but it can help speed up scar maturation. Put simply, this means the stretch marks become silver or white much faster and in turn, less visible. It’s proven to work, but you need to do it daily (and be quite firm) to see results.” –Sophie
It’s Worth Keeping An Eye On Them
“Striae can sometimes be associated with a medical condition known as Cushing’s syndrome. This is where your body overproduces cortisol, leading to rapid abdominal fat gain. It can also be a sign of Marfan’s syndrome, where people grow exceptionally tall. Both these conditions have serious medical complications and, while rare, it’s important to consult your doctor if you’re concerned or feel your stretch marks or symptoms are getting worse.” – Sophie
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