You may be wondering what causes Stretch Marks, and some of you may even be pondering if they could ever be reduced.
As you sit there in silence (we are saying this for comedy effect of course .. we know how infrequent a stolen moment of silence presents itself) .. enjoy your cuppa and have a read of this:
Stretch Marks & Pregnancy
There are different types of striae distensae (stretch marks), and they are all most likely caused by a combination of factors – including mechanical stress on the skin, hormones, and genetics. Striae gravidarum, which are stretch marks in pregnancy, are triggered by a combination of increases in hormone production and the rapid rate at which the skin is being stretched.
Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They can be pink, red, purple or brown, depending on your skin colour. Early stretch marks may feel slightly raised and can be itchy. They are common in pregnancy, affecting around 8 out of 10 pregnant women. They occur when the middle layer of skin (dermis) becomes stretched and broken in places.
For pregnant women they usually develop over an expanding tummy and the breasts due to rapid size increase caused by pregnancy hormones and lactation. They can also appear on the on the upper thighs, buttocks and arms. When they appear will be different from woman to woman but they are more common in the third trimester.
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Are Stretch Marks permanent?
Yes they are permanent but they may change in shape, size and colour over time.
In time, the colour fades and the narrow bands sink beneath your skin. If you run your finger over a mature stretch mark, you often feel a slight depression. Most Stretch Marks gradually fade to a silvery-white colour as the blood vessels eventually reduce in size allowing the pale-coloured fat beneath the skin to attain through.
Can I prevent stretch marks?
There are many creams on the market that claim to prevent stretch marks. However, during pregnancy, if you are prone to them, it is difficult to prevent them as your body is rapidly changing. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests coconut oil and shea butter can help, if applied daily during pregnancy.
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