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What makes stretch marks visible?
A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear.
Why do I have light stretch marks?
If your skin is stretched farther than it’s used to in a short period of time — during pregnancy or a childhood growth spurt, for example — the elastic fibers in your skin can tear. Those damaged areas make long, thin scars called stretch marks. They can show up as pink, red, or purple streaks.
What makes stretch marks change color?
When skin from your middle layer tears, the area becomes thinner. The mark may be red because you can now see blood vessels beneath your skin. These blood vessels make it easier to treat stretch marks during this stage. Over time, your blood vessels will narrow and cause your stretch marks to change color.
What makes stretch marks look better?
Some research has shown that moisturizers with high levels of vitamin E and collagen (one of the substances that provides the skin with elasticity) may be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
How do you get rid of light stretch marks?
Removing white stretch marks
- Exfoliate. A simple way to treat white stretch marks is through regular exfoliation.
- Topical treatments. Topical creams and ointments are more affordable methods for reducing the appearance of white stretch marks.
- Laser therapy.
- Cosmetic surgery.
What are white stretch marks?
White stretch marks are older skin scars that are more difficult to treat than newer stretch marks. However, there are options available to reduce the appearance of your scars if you so choose. Before pursuing treatment, understand there’s a possibility your stretch marks may not disappear completely.
Why have my stretch marks turned red?
Red stretch marks can occur when the skin stretches. There are several common causes of this, including pregnancy, rapid weight gain, breast augmentation, and extreme muscle gains. A person can try to treat the stretch marks with lotions and creams.