You may not know this but stretch marks are very common in the human body. Stretch marks are a harmless and passive scarring which shows up on the skin. These marks are of a pale color and happen as a result of the stretching of the skin. They are long, narrow streaks, stripes or lines that develop on the skin.
Stretch marks usually become apparent post a pregnancy, or even just constantly losing or gaining weight. These marks are commonly found on the thighs, stomach, breasts, buttocks, and arms. Situations such as weight change, bodybuilding, and hormonal changes cause the skin to expand rapidly causing a tear in the dermislayer (middle layer) of skin. This condition usually starts showing itself with reddish or purplish marks or discolorations which appear on the areas where the skin is getting stretched.
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The Difference Between Red Stretch Marks And White Stretch Marks
Red Stretch Marks:
These are the very first signs of the stretching of the skin. They are fresh and mark the beginning of the actual stretch marks. This type of scarring shows the blood vessels through and hence has the reddish color. Stretch marks in this phase can be healed by using topical creams to help restore the collagen in the skin. Laser treatments such as the ‘pulsed dye’ work effectively and help in renewing skin cells and reducing the scars.
White Stretch Marks:
These scars form as a result of a long period of the particular part of the skin stretching. They are white-ish or silver-ish marks which are old and have been on your body for some time. They cannot be cured by any creams. Treatments such as ‘Microdermabrasion’ can help to improve the texture and give your skin a polished look. However, this treatment will not help in restoring the collagen in the skin. There is another type of treatment for white stretch marks called ‘excimer laser’ which also helps in reviving the color. Results will vary from person to person.