Truth Behind Stretch Marks — You Don't Have to Be Pregnant to Get Them

Jan 24, 2017 AT 10:01 AM | BY StyleBlizzard
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(Photo credit: Shutterstock)
(Photo credit: Shutterstock)

You probably associate stretch marks with pregnancy, and while it’s true to a degree — 90% of women who get pregnant get permanent stretch marks — as much 70% of non-pregnant women and even as much as 40% of men also get stretch marks that, sadly, are more or less permanent. So, how does this happen?

Stretch marks are a result of continuous stretching of the middle layer of the skin, the dermis. Stretching for prolonged periods of time eventually tends to leave “scars”, where pigment is no longer produced. There is some level of hormonal factor at work here, too.

Usually, people with dry skin are the most prone to stretch marks, so proper moisturizing and hydration are essential to reduce the risk of it.

Bad news is that when you hear about 100% effective cosmetic treatments of stretch marks… The chances of it actually working are a bit lower — closer to 0%, actually. And in the end, is treating them so important? You could end up spending hundreds of dollars on nothing, or worse, on something that does not really need fixing. So, you have to ask yourself: is it really that bad? We don’t think so.

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