When Pregnancy Leaves a Mark

Very few women who begin the journey of pregnancy, are fully able to avoid the little, long, narrow lines that are commonly referred to as Stretch Marks. This isn't something that only happens to pregnant women, but they are a group that does often deal with it. 

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch mark are dermal scars characterized by the flattening and breakdown of the outermost layer of skin. they are linear, smooth bands on the skin that can appear as red or purple and fade over time to leave a more silvery mark.

These stretch marks occur in 40-90% of women. They appear following rapid, over stretched skin, which is why it is so common with pregnancy. The most commonly affect the abdomen, breasts, hips, flank, buttocks and thighs.

And while pregnancy often gets the wrap for the skin marks, it isn't the only condition responsible for them. They can also appear in cases of puberty, obesity, rapid weight gain, weightlifting, numerous medical conditions and certain therapeutic interventions.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Whenever the skin stretches abruptly, this can cause the dermis to tear which allows deeper skin layers to show through. This forms the stretch marks.

Usually, as the body grows, the strong, connecting fibers in that top layer of skin, stretches slowly so this doesn't happen. 

Can they be prevented or reversed?

Watch the video below to share my experience with stretch marks, and what can be done to help prevent and even heal past damage:

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