Stretch marks (Striae) commonly appear around the areas of the abdomen, thighs, breasts, buttocks, upper arms and buttocks but can occur anywhere on the body. They are a form of scarring on the skin and are usually caused by excessive stretching of the skin which disrupts normal production of the collagen (keloid scarring). They commonly occur during periods of growth spurts, weight gain and loss, hormonal changes, pregnancy or any area which expands quickly. Initially they are bright purple or red and they gradually fade over years and remain as silvery white streaks on the skin. They may never completely disappear, however there are many ways in which we can help them to reduce in appearance.
There are many beauty treatments which claim to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, however the problem is difficult to manage and requires addressing over a long period of time as unfortunately there are no miracle solutions. The following are some recommendations which when used over a long period of time may help to reduce stretch marks: