What is a stretch mark?
A stretch mark is a type of scar that appears on skin when it grows or stretches rapidly, causing collagen and elastin in skin to rupture. When skin heals, the red lines that appear are called “stretch marks.” Stretch marks are most likely to appear during times when your body gains or loses weight fairly quickly such as during pregnancy, pubescent growth spurts, or rapid weight gain or loss. When they first appear, stretch marks may be red or brownish and feel slightly raised and itchy. However, they should fade in color overtime.
Do stretch marks hurt?
While they may be itchy at the onset, stretch marks do not cause physical discomfort.
How do you get rid of stretch marks?
As with any type of scarring, stretch marks are permanent. However, they can be treated to become less noticeable. Many types of “stretch-mark creams” containing Hyaluronic acid or Tretinoin have been researched to help. Your dermatologist may also recommend a chemical peel.
Can you prevent stretch marks?
While you’ll find many home-remedies profess the use of cocoa butter, almond oil, vitamin e, or olive oil to aid in the prevention of stretch marks, the American Academy of Dermatology does not recognize any of these products as having worked in clinical studies.
When to talk to your dermatologist
If you find yourself spending large amounts of money on products and store-bought treatments, talking to your dermatologist about in-office procedures may be a more effective treatment plan for your skin. Here at Savannah River Dermatology, we offer cosmetic services that may be the perfect fit for your needs. Contact our office at 706-691-7079.