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Say Goodbye to White Stretch Marks: Effective Prevention and Treatment Tips

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

Say Goodbye to White Stretch Marks: Effective Prevention and Treatment Tips

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

Noticed several light marks on your body? Don’t stress out! In fact, it’s quite common as up to 80% of women are known to have them, especially after pregnancy. So, take a deep breath, you are not alone in this!

White stretch marks are a common dermatological condition affecting millions worldwide. They appear as thin, white lines on the skin's surface, and while they do not pose any medical risks, they can be a significant source of cosmetic concern for many.

In this article, we will unveil the underlying causes, provide evidence-based prevention tips, and discuss various medical and cosmetic treatments for white stretch marks.

Table Of Contents

  • 1.  Stretch Marks 101
  • 2. White Vs Red Stretch Marks: What’s The Difference?
  • 3. Causes Of White Stretch Marks
  • 4. Symptoms of White Stretch Marks
  • 5. Prevention Of White Stretch Marks
  • 6. Treatment Options For White Stretch Marks
  • 7. White Stretch Marks On Breasts And Thighs
  • 8.Frequently Asked Questions
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Stretch Marks 101

Let’s start with the basics: what are stretch marks? These are thin, scar-like lines on the skin that vary in color depending on their age and stage of development. Typically, they can appear as red or purple marks. This indicates that they are newly formed. As they mature, they lose their pigmentation in the underlying tissue, so they turn white.

White vs Red Stretch Marks: What’s the Difference?

Let’s take a closer look at the differences between white and red stretch marks. Understanding these differences can help you better identify, and manage stretch marks and make informed decisions.

White stretch marks:

  • Occur when the tissue beneath the skin has lost its pigmentation and the mark has matured
  • Have a pale or silvery appearance, often blending in with the surrounding skin
  • It may be more difficult to treat compared to red stretch marks

Red stretch marks:

  • Are newer and appear pink, red, or purple due to the underlying blood vessels being visible
  • It may be itchy or slightly raised
  • Can be treated more effectively

Causes of White Stretch Marks

  • Genetics: Genetics: Genetics determines whether a person is predisposed to stretch marks. If a person's family members have a history of having stretch marks, they are more likely to develop them.
  • Weight Gain and Loss: Rapid weight gain or loss can cause stretch marks. The skin has to stretch or shrink quickly, causing the underlying tissue to tear. Read more on gaining stretch marks due to weight changes in our blog post.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women often develop stretch marks on their abdomen, hips, thighs, and breasts. The sudden increase in weight during pregnancy causes the skin to stretch.
  • Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes in the body can cause stretch marks. This is especially true for adolescents who experience growth spurts or women going through menopause.
  • Medications and Steroids: Certain medications and steroids can weaken the skin's collagen and elastin fibers, making it more prone to stretch marks.

Symptoms of White Stretch Marks

One can identify white stretch marks (or white striae) by appearance, texture, and location. They usually start off as pink or purple in color but eventually fade to white or silvery. They often have a depressed or indented surface, and can sometimes be raised or thickened. The texture of these stretch marks can feel rough or uneven to the touch.

In terms of location, they can appear anywhere on the body where the skin has been stretched or pulled.

It's worth noting that these stretch marks are not always completely white in color. Depending on your skin tone, they may appear more pink, brown, or even slightly purple. Additionally, their appearance and texture can vary depending on the severity and duration of the case.

Prevention of White Stretch Marks

Although it may not be possible to prevent stretch marks completely, there are various measures that people can adopt to minimize their likelihood or severity. These include:

  • Hydration: Adequate hydration through consuming ample water can help to maintain skin suppleness and elasticity, potentially reducing the occurrence of tearing.
  • Moisturizing: Regularly applying moisturizers can help to maintain the skin's hydration, smoothness, and flexibility, reducing the probability of developing stretch marks.
  • Exercise: Consistent physical activity can help to promote healthy skin and minimize the likelihood of experiencing rapid weight fluctuations, hence the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Skin care products: Utilizing skin care products containing ingredients such as vitamin E, collagen, or elastin can help to improve skin elasticity, decreasing the chance of stretch mark formation.

Treatment Options for White Stretch Marks

It can be frustrating to feel like there's nothing you can do to change stretch marks’ appearance. But don't worry, there are actually several white stretch mark removal options coming to our rescue! Let's break down some of the pros and cons of each:

  • Topical Creams and Oils: 
    There are various topical creams and oils that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks. These products usually contain ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and argan oil known for their moisturizing and nourishing properties. Moreover, using high-quality ingredients like retinoids, collagen, and hyaluronic acid can stimulate collagen synthesis and improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin. Note that topical creams and oils results may vary depending on the severity of the stretch marks and individual skin type.
  • Microdermabrasion:
    This method uses tiny exfoliating crystals to remove dead skin cells and give your skin a smoother, more even texture. Although it's commonly considered safe and low-risk, it is crucial to understand that it may not be effective for everyone. Those with more severe stretch marks may not see a notable improvement with this treatment, so they will need numerous sessions to reach the desired results.
  • Laser Treatment:
    Lasers reach the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production and helping reduce the appearance of stretch marks. However, some of the drawbacks of laser treatment for stretch marks include its high cost, the risk of side effects such as redness or scarring, the need for downtime after treatment, and the possibility of requiring multiple sessions for significant results.
  • Chemical Peels:
    This method is like a do-over for your skin. Chemical peels involve applying a special solution to the skin, which causes it to peel off and reveal smoother, more even skin underneath. This can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but it may take multiple sessions to see results. Be prepared for some redness and peeling, but hey, you'll be glowing afterward!
  • Surgery:
    For those dealing with intense white striae, surgery may be an option. While it can be pricey and have a longer recovery time than other treatments, surgical procedures like tummy tucks or abdominoplasty can be highly effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, as it reduces the excess skin and fat from your abdomen. Please note that the surgeries can result in scar formation, so be cautious when considering this option.
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White Stretch Marks on Breasts and Thighs

White stretch marks can occur anywhere on the body. While the causes and treatment options for stretch marks on these areas are similar to those on other parts of the body, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.

Stretch marks on the breasts may occur as a result of weight gain, pregnancy, or hormonal changes. While topical creams and oils may be effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks on other areas of the body, not all of them are safe to use on the breasts due to the risk of irritation or absorption of harmful ingredients into the breast tissue. Check out our Anti-Stretch Mark Body Lotion for a dermatologically approved and effective option to deal with stretch marks!

Similarly, stretch marks on the thighs may occur as a result of weight gain, growth spurts, or muscle building. While laser treatments can be an effective option for decreasing the appearance of stretch marks on other areas of the body, they may not work on the thighs due to the risk of skin damage or uneven results.

Overall, it is crucial to approach the treatment of white stretch marks on the breasts and thighs cautiously and consult with a healthcare professional before attempting any new treatment methods, including creams and oils. With the right approach and guidance, it is possible to effectively manage the appearance of white stretch marks on any body part.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to get rid of white stretch marks?

How to get rid of white stretch marks?

  • topical creams and oils,
  • microdermabrasion,
  • laser treatment,
  • chemical peels,
  • surgery

The effectiveness of the treatment option depends on the severity of the stretch marks and the individual's skin type.

When do stretch marks turn white?

Stretch marks turn white when they have matured and the underlying tissue has lost its pigmentation.

How can I prevent white stretch marks?

Maintaining a healthy weight, staying hydrated, moisturizing the skin, exercising regularly, and using skin care products that contain vitamin E, collagen, or elastin can help prevent these stretch marks.

Is it safe to use topical creams and oils on the breasts?

It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using topical creams and oils on the breasts. We recommend using Evertone Stretch Mark Treatment for ultimate results.

Conclusion

It's important to remember that white stretch marks are a natural part of the body's response to changes such as weight gain, pregnancy, or hormonal fluctuations. While prevention is the best approach, as you can see there are various treatment options available.

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Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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