Irrespective of your gender, you’ve probably spotted some stretch marks on your body at some point in life which have come across as a new, confusing development. Also known as striae, stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin that seem like ‘tears’ on your skin. They appear when your body is going through change due to growth or weight gain.
However, a whole lot of people feel conscious about these marks on their body given the unreal beauty norms but often don't look into the biology of them.
The skin stretches rapidly and this causes a tear in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin.That’s why it is important to know that stretch marks are nothing dangerous and in fact, are very normal. They’re common in both men and women. They’re most likely to occur during puberty and when a woman is pregnant.
However, there is some confusion regarding red stretch marks and white stretch marks. It is important to know about the difference between the two and seek solutions from your dermatologist accordingly.
Red stretch marks are fresh. They’ve just started to develop and show the blood vessels through. That’s why they appear to be red or even slightly purple in colour. In fact, red stretch marks can also cause itching for some people. This is the stage at which the stretch marks can heal faster and if taken care of, will not cause as much scarring.
White stretch marks are the ones that have been your body for a long time. It happens because the blood vessels have constricted, leaving the underlying fat tissue visible. The white fat tissues give it the colour.
Hence, the main difference between the two is the time of their development. While the red stretch marks happen when the skin is just tearing due to rapid stretching, white stretch marks are older and more settled into your skin.
Red marks can be treated and prevented with home remedies like aloe vera and shea butter which are known to soothe irritated skin and also moisturise to help with healing. White stretch marks, however, require surgical procedures involving laser or tummy tuck-ins to get rid of the marks but keep in mind, that all surgical treatments will only lighten the marks and not make them disappear completely.But even more important than looking for treatments for stretch marks is that we learn to love and accept our bodies. White or red, stretch marks are harmless. In fact, they’re a marker of growth. In fact, they’re a marker of growth. Hence, accept your body with them and in fact, be proud of them.