I`m sure you already know that stretch marks are very common harmless and passive scaring that shows up on the skin. They are usually of pale color, long, narrow streaks that happen as a result of the stretching of the skin.
They usually become more visible after pregnancy, hormonal changes, or when losing or gaining weight. Stretch marks are commonly found in the stomach, thighs, buttocks, breasts and arms. The main cause is the rapid expansion of the skin, causing a tear in the dermis layer.
It usually starts with purplish or reddish marks that appear on areas where the skin is stretched. 90% of pregnant women, 70% of adolescent females and 40% of adolescent males have them.
Here is the difference between Red and White Stretch Marks…
Red Stretch Marks
Red stretch marks are fresh and actually mark the beginning of the stretching of the skin. The reddish color comes from the blood vessels and because they are still in the growth phase, it’s the ideal time to start treatment if you wish. Topic creams help by restoring the collagen in the skin and you can also try various laser treatments such as ‘pulsed dye’ or pulsed light (IPL) that help in renewing the cells and reduce the scarring.
Just remember that lasers can`t prevent nor fully eliminate stretch marks, they can just make them less obvious.
White Stretch Marks
White stretch marks come as a result of prolonged skin stretching. Their white-ish or sliver-ish color means they have been on your body for quite some time and they cannot be treated with creams.
There is a treatment known as ‘Microdermabrasion’ that can help improve the texture and make them less visible. There is also another treatment called ‘excimer laser’ which can revive the color, but none of the above will help restore the collagen in the skin.