Most of us pick up stretch marks at some point in our lives, whether it be from growing, rapid weight gain or loss, puberty, or carrying a child.
Everybody gets stretch marks (also known as striae). While not harmful, stretch marks are not very cosmetically appealing. Whether yours are from puberty, pregnancy, weight loss/gain or simply a change in shape, they can be fixed.
Stretch marks are usually caused by relatively rapid pulling or stretching of the skin. This usually happens over several weeks or months, however stretch marks can appear rapidly and without warning.
Pregnant women often experience the most severe cases, however, bodybuilders and even normal teens can get stretch marks.
Typical symptoms of stretch marks are red or purple marks in a linear pattern, usually on the hips, upper thighs, arms, breasts or stomach. Although it is not at all uncommon to have stretch marks in other areas. Stretch marks occur as a result of tearing of the dermis, which is the middle, support layer of the skin.
It is very difficult to prevent stretch marks, as they can appear without warning and quite often follow rapid changes in body size. However, it can be possible to prepare for stretch marks during pregnancy by beginning an early procedure of skin care.
There is no immediate, surefire way to completely eradicate stretch marks. However, there are several options which can help you reduce and eventually remove your stretch marks. The effectiveness of these treatments depends on your age, skin type, ethnicity, diet and body shape.