Stretch Marks Removal Herbal Cream and Pills

Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin.

They are often referred to by doctors as stria or striae and striae gravidarum during pregnancy.

The areas of the body most often affected by stretch marks are the abdomen (tummy), buttocks, and thighs.

They develop when the the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. The dermis can be stretched during pregnancy;

  • as a result of weight gain
  • due to growth spurts during puberty

Read more about the causes of stretch marks.

Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with and will gradually fade to a silvery-white colour. They are usually long and thin. Read more about the characteristics of stretch marks.

Most stretch marks are not particularly noticeable and will fade over time.

If you have stretch marks that are unsightly or which affect a large area of your body, there are treatments available.

Creams, gels or lotions, laser surgery and cosmetic surgery are all used to treat stretch marks. However, there is little in the way of medical evidence to show that these treatments are effective, so it's important to be realistic about what they can achieve. Also, laser treatment and cosmetic surgery are not available on the NHS, so treatment can be expensive.

Read more about treating stretch marks.

You should see your GP if your stretch marks do not seem to be linked to weight gain or growth because they might be a sign of another condition. In rare cases, stretch marks can be a caused by conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome.

Stretch marks are not often noticeable and usually fade over time.

If you have stretch marks that affect a large area of your body, or are worried they look unsightly, there are a few treatment options available.

However, there is little medical evidence to show that these treatments work.

Creams, gels and lotions

Many creams, gels and lotions claim they can remove stretch marks. These products are essentially skin moisturisers and are available from pharmacies, supermarkets and health and beauty shops.

If you decide to use creams, gels or lotions, you should apply them when your stretch marks are still red or purple. However, it is unlikely these types of treatments can prevent stretch marks.

Read more about preventing stretch marks.

Laser therapy

Laser therapy cannot completely remove stretch marks, but may help fade them and make them less noticeable.

Several different types of laser therapy are used to treat stretch marks.

Pulsed dye laser treatment is one of the laser treatments available. It is painless and can be used at an early stage, while your stretch marks are still red or purple.

The energy from the laser is absorbed by the blood vessels underneath your stretch marks. The blood vessels collapse and the red or purple colour either disappears completely or turns white.

Laser therapy for stretch marks is usually expensive and is not available on the NHS. It is likely you will need a number of treatments to obtain visible results. The exact number will depend on your skin colour and type. 

Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin with a silvery-white hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis and over time can diminish but not disappear completely. Stretch marks are the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth (common in puberty) or weight gain (e.g. pregnancy) that overcomes the dermis' elasticity. Although stretch marks are generally associated with pregnancy and obesity, they can also develop during rapid muscle growth. They first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter colour. The affected areas appear empty and soft to the touch.

Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the resilient middle layer that helps the skin retain its shape. No stretch marks will form as long as there is strong support within the dermis. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, but are most likely to appear in places where larger amounts of fat are stored. Most common places are the abdomen (especially near the belly-button), breasts, upper arms, underarms, thighs (both inner and outer), hips, and buttocks. They pose no health risk in and of themselves, and do not compromise the body's ability to function normally and repair itself.

Stretch marks located in the most inconvenient locations can ruin your best efforts at looking good. They can dramatically affect how you feel about yourself and your appearance; especially at summertime when you head for the beach.