Can You Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

March 17, 2021
Jessica Khorsandi
By: Jessica Khorsandi | by L'Oréal

It’s time to change the conversation surrounding stretch marks. Here, we’ll start — let’s embrace them. They’re totally natural, and whether people you know are talking about stretch marks or not, they probably have them to some extent, somewhere on their bodies. That’s because these common marks that appear are natural extensions of the changes that our bodies go through every day. We know for some people this is easier said than done, especially if these marks are a point of insecurity for you. That’s why we decided to do some research and find out everything you need to know about stretch marks, so that your vast knowledge on the subject can put you (or others) on a road to acceptance. Ahead, find out what exactly stretch marks are, what causes them and if there is anything you can do to get rid of them if you want.


What Are Stretch Marks? 

Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a type of scar that appears on the skin and look like indented streaks. They normally range in color but are most often red, purple, pink or dark brown when they first appear. Similar to most scars, the color of the streaks can fade and appear lighter over time. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), early-stage stretch marks may also feel raised and itchy. Stretch marks are commonly found on the abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs and aren’t painful or cause for concern.


What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks develop when the skin stretches or shrinks at a fast rate. This sudden change causes collagen and elastin (fibers that support our skin’s elasticity) to rupture. During the healing process, scars may appear in the form of stretch marks. 


Who Can Get Stretch Marks?

In short, anyone. According to the Mayo Clinic, some factors can increase your chances of developing stretch marks. These factors can include pregnancy, a family history of stretch marks and rapidly gaining or losing weight.


Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?

Because the cause of stretch marks differs on a case-to-case basis, there isn’t a foolproof way to prevent them from happening. For instance, if many members of your family have stretch marks, you may have a predisposition to them. If you don’t think you have any predispositions and don’t already have stretch marks, the Mayo Clinic suggests eating well and exercising regularly to avoid any major fluctuations in your weight that might cause stretch marks. If you’re concerned about developing stretch marks during pregnancy, talk to your doctor about what measures you can take.


Can You Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

There is no over-the-counter treatment that can remove stretch marks. Stretch marks can indeed fade over time, but they may not disappear. If you want to conceal your streaks, you can try to camouflage their appearance with body makeup. The Dermablend Professional Leg and Body Makeup comes in various shades and is intensely pigmented to help cover anything from stretch marks, veins, tattoos, scars, age spots and birthmarks to bruises. The formula also offers up to 16 hours of hydration without smudging or transferring. Apply one layer and set it using the brand’s Loose Setting Powder to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere. Feel free to add as many layers as you think you need to cover your marks. 



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