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All About Stretchmarks

All About Stretchmarks

Stretchmarks are a highly common skin condition that people develop due to changes to their body.  They appear as long and narrow streaks that resemble a scratch, and are red or purple in colour. Over time these start to turn white with a slight silver shiny scar-like appearance.

Although they can appear anywhere on the body, they are more common in the areas which are prone to sudden weight gain and loss such as the tummy, upper thighs, hips, breasts and upper arms.  As well as weight fluctuation, you also see them develop during pregnancy where almost 70% of women are affected.

How are Stretchmarks caused?

As the name suggests, they are caused when your skin stretches over a period of time. As you gain weight, your body tries to accommodate the change by stretching the skin in the area. However, your skin is only able to stretch a certain amount, after which it loses its ability to spring back. This lack in the skin’s ability to coil back, leads to a tear in the middle layer of your skin which over time then develops into a Stretchmark.

Most people will first notice Stretchmarks during puberty where about 70% of girls are affected. They are mainly observed around the breast and hip area, as these are the areas which start to fill out quickly.  Boys may also see Stretchmarks during puberty but they are less affected. They are also very common during pregnancy as almost 70% of women will experience them.

Stretchmark Treatment and Prevention

There are many products on the market which are developed as a preventative measure for Stretchmarks. Once they are healed and white in colour, they can be quite difficult to treat, so it’s important to use products early on. These products are mainly based on natural oils which are massaged into the skin most prone to Stretchmarks. This helps to improve circulation while the oils provide nutrients which help skin to better recover from the stress.

  1. Goodbye Stretch Marks
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    Goodbye Stretch Marks

    Goodbye Stretch Marks from Mama Mio is a blend of 5 powerful healer ingredients which all work together to give your skin’s elasticity a boost for smooth results. The cream gently works on improving old Stretchmarks as well as preventing newer ones. You can use this during pregnancy and breast feeding without any concerns too.

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  2. Bio Oil
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    Bio Oil

    Bio Oil is based on a blend of plant extracts and vitamins which have been infused together to give this oil its powerful ability to work against Stretchmarks, scars and uneven skin tone. The oil is non-greasy and can be used throughout your pregnancy.

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  3. Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil
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    Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil

    Bursting with Vitamin E, Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil helps to heal and protect your body while providing essential moisture to keep your skin soft and subtle. The oil also consists of Arnica Extracts, Wheat Germ and Sweet Almond Oil which not only help with preventing Stretchmarks but also help your skin TO maintain its elasticity.

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Other treatment options include laser removal and dermaroller treatments which are both very effective but can be costly. Make sure to get a professional opinion before starting any treatment as certain ones may be unsuitable for your skin type and condition. If you have any further questions then email me on pharmacist@lookfantastic.com.



Hira

Hira

Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal