Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Many women develop stretch marks during pregnancy owing
to the rapid stretching of the skin, particularly in the third trimester. Although the stretching itself does
not cause stretch marks it can result in tearing in the dermis. The dermis is the middle layer of the skin and
is responsible for maintaining the shape of the skin. Stretch marks will not occur so long as the dermis
continues to support the skin. However one tears appear in this layer stretch marks will result from it.
Another contrtibuting factor is the hormonal changes which happen during
pregnancy. These changes can affect skin and contribute to the development of stretch marks.
Stretch marks most commonly appear in areas of the body where there are large fat
stores, for example the stomach, thighs, upper arms and breasts. However they can appear anywhere.
When stretch marks first occur they normally appear as red or purple
lines which tend to fade to a lighter color. A feature of stretch marks is that unlike most scarring the affected
area feels 'empty' and may also be soft to the touch.
Although stretch marks are in no way harmful they can cause a great deal of
distress to women following childbirth. At a time when many women lose confidence in their appearance and feel that
they will never look good again, stretch marks simply make things much worse.
Getting Rid Of Stretch Marks
It is estimated that somewhere between 75% and 90% of women will develop
stretch marks during pregnancy. Given that this equates to a very large number of women worldwide it is
not surprising that there is considerable demand for ways in which to improve the appearance of stretch
Stretch Mark Cream
There are numerous stretch mark creams on the market which make varying claims
about the effect they can have on the appearance of stretch marks. As you might expect these vary widely in quality
and actual results. However there does seem to be a reasonable amount of evidence that the better products do make
a difference, based on reviews that they get from women who have tried them.
You can find some of the most well regarded products listed on our page
about stretch mark creams.