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Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that occur on the surface of the skin.
Doctors often refer to stretch marks as stria, striae or – during pregnancy – striae gravid arum according to the NHS website.
Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. They’re usually long and thin.
Stretch marks can occur anywhere where the skin has been stretched, but they usually affect areas where fat is stored, such as the:
- tummy (abdomen)
- upper arms
- shoulders (in bodybuilders)
Sometimes, particularly in teenage boys, stretch marks can develop on the back, overlying the spine horizontally (like the rungs on a ladder).
Stretch marks caused by Cushing’s syndrome (where the blood contains high levels of a hormone called cortisol, see below) tend to be wider and larger, and can also appear on the face.
When stretch marks occur
Stretch marks often occur:
- during pregnancy
- after rapid weight gain
- during puberty
- if you have a family history of stretch marks
- if you have an underlying health condition or a syndrome, such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome
- after the prolonged or inappropriate use of corticosteroid medication
Thalgo Defi Fermete Stretch Mark Cream – Creme Soin Vergetures is for adolescents during a growth phase and all those wishing to prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Prevention, Correction. A myriad of regenerating, healing and repairing active ingredients (marine elastin and collagen) to visibly reduce the appearance of unsightly stretch marks. The very rich texture allows for a beneficial massage.
Needs: Moisturise the Body
Prevention: Apply daily to areas subject to stretching. Correction: Apply daily for 3 months to stretch marks and surrounding areas.