Can they be eliminated?

Stretch marks are also medically known as Striae Distensae (SD) and they are basically lesions on the skin where they have been overstretched especially during pregnancy, exercise, periods of growth spurts.

Quick facts

When the dermis is stretched, then stretch marks can occur.

The appearance of stretch marks can change and look slightly different depending on its stage of development.

The cute or early stages of stretch marks are formally known as striae rubrae, and when stretch marks have only developed in the early stages.

What are the different types of stretch marks?

Acute stretch marks Chronic stretch marks
Look red and stretched flat, sometimes they can appear slightly raised. After 6 months, the stretch marks may look faded in colour, white silvery lines that appear atrophic (less obviously red), in how it looks on the skin’s surface.

What can be done to reduce the appearance of stretch marks?

Often women usually find that the appearance of stretch marks on their previously smooth skin can create anxiety or worry about wearing bikinis or exposing flesh in public depending on their noticeability.

There are some options which other woman can take, in combating stretch marks. More invasive, and more expensive solutions may be:

  1. Laser therapy
  2. Light therapy
  3. Peel treatments
  4. Collagen intake
  5. Laser lipolysis
  6. Radiofrequency techniques
  7. Microdermabrasion

However, the least expensive treatment or management and reduction of stretch marks is to use creams and oils to be topically applied directly to the skin, frequently and everyday.

Ways to effectively treat stretch marks

  1. Use creams/oils that contain active ingredients such as trofolastin or tretinoin. A study of various women in 2016 has shown that women with stretch marks who used topical cream containing the ingredient tretinoin. In a randomised control of 22 women using the cream containing tretinoin who had stretch marks, gave evidence they were diminished in both width and length after 6 months.
  2. Bio-oil is also another additional oil that can be used for stretch marks. A clinical trial of women evidenced that they reported an improvement in the appearance of the stretch marks, but up to 8 weeks.
  3. Apothederm stretch marks cream incorporates various oils/natural emollients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, meadow foam seed oil and olive oil. Women who used this over a 6 month period claimed that positive results were achieved, as stretch marks were less visible with consistent use.
  4. Rosehip oil – with the application of rosehip oil, it is important to remember that whilst oils can be applied externally, on the outside of the skin, rose hip oil (in a capsule form) can be taken internally to help with preventing cellular ageing, to reduce skin wrinkles, maintain skin elasticity and moisture, and help with skin that is already damaged, i.e. scarring.