Therefore, there is no denying that while stretch marks have no effect on physical health, they can have a negative impact on the psychological well-being of a person suffering from peer pressure and self-doubt. Because even if the body positivity movement has made some progress, the majority of the images we are exposed to every day in advertising and also on social media are still cleaned up, retouched images that continue to fool us into thinking that stretch marks are much less common than they are in reality.
“That’s why it’s important to seek medical support and advice if you’re feeling down about your stretch marks,” says Dr. Therianou further. “Even if your doctor doesn’t categorize stretch marks as requiring physical treatment, they can offer you psychological support.”
What do the different colors of stretch marks mean?
Stretch marks tend to come in different shades—each indicating how new or old the stretch mark is. “When stretch marks first appear, they are red, purple, pink, reddish-brown, or dark brown, depending on your skin color,” says Dr. Therianou. Over time, the color fades and the narrow streaks sink deeper into the skin. “Purple stretch marks usually indicate they’re relatively new,” Therianou says. “When stretch marks first form, they often appear as red or purple streaks on the skin. The purple coloration is a result of the inflammation and increased blood flow in the affected area, so the underlying blood vessels are more visible in the early stages. Over time, these patches can fade to a lighter, almost silvery-transparent color, sometimes to a dark gray – depending on your skin tone.”
Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?
And now to the questions that every person with stretch marks has probably already asked themselves and for which they have come across different results at the latest when researching online. The most important things first: There is no secret recipe formula and no gel in the world that prevents stretch marks with certainty. Still, there are products that can help reduce the risk of stretch marks, according to Dr. Therianou: “Researchers have found that using products containing the herb centella or hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in our skin, can help prevent stretch marks.”
dr Jack also points out that maintaining a consistent weight, gaining and losing weight gently and slowly whenever possible, and treating any hormonal imbalances early can help prevent them. However, since many sudden weight gains and losses are associated with illness, pregnancy or other factors that cannot be prevented with diet and exercise, it is simply not correct to say that stretch marks are real stop could.
Can stretch marks go away?
Let’s move on to the second most frequently asked question related to stretch marks. Like other scars, stretch marks will, as we said, fade over time. They are nevertheless permanent and may still be slightly visible. “Redness from new stretch marks generally fades to a pale white over time, but once the damage is there, it’s there,” confirms Dr. Jack. Even so, there would be some creams and treatments that can at least help with the fading.
“There is no single product that always helps,” which is important to keep in mind when considering consciously using products to reduce stretch marks. But: “Dermatologists have now discovered some helpful tricks” that may be worth starting a test phase for, says Dr. Therianou.