How are stretch marks formed?

Thalgo-Marine-Algae-Frigi-Thalgo-Lotion-Lotion-Aux-Algues-Frigi-Thalgo-abloomnova.net_-1600x1120 How are stretch marks formed?

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)
  • breasts
  • upper arms
  • buttocks
  • thighs
  • 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.

Action: Hydration

Needs: Moisturise the Body

Expert advice:

Prevention: Apply daily to areas subject to stretching. Correction: Apply daily for 3 months to stretch marks and surrounding areas.

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