Stretch mark facts

June 2, 2016

Here's a no-nonsense guide to the facts about stretch marks:

  • Stretch marks appear when the middle layer of the skin stretches so much that it breaks, causes a tear and scars the skin.
  • They look purply-red when they first appear and slowly begin to fade as time goes on.
  • Older stretch marks have a silvery or whitish tint and are slightly lighter in colour than your natural skin tone.
  • Yes pregnant women are more to susceptible to developing stretch marks as their body grows and their skin stretches to make room for their baby. However, anyone can get stretch marks, although they are most commonly found on people who have gained weight or lost weight rapidly. This group tends to include people who are going through puberty and have had growth spurts as well as bodybuilders who lift weights to maximise their muscle growth.
  • Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body but they are more common across the abdomen and breasts among pregnant and breastfeeding women. They can also develop on the arms, legs and back. Men are not exempt from developing stretch marks either.
  • Moisturising the skin can help to make it more supple and therefore reduce the risk of tears and stretch marks appearing. A hydrating oil is perfect for conditioning the skin and prepping it for pregnancy. 
  • Some people are more prone to developing stretch marks than others, suggesting that it's an inherited trait.
  • The good news is that you can encourage stretch marks to fade faster by moisturising them every day and keeping the skin hydrated.

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