All you need to know about Stretchmarks

Every new mum dreads the arrival of stretchmarks. 50 – 90% of women suffer from stretchmarks either during or after pregnancy, and as a consequence of their commonness, there is an abundance of information and treatments for stretchmarks available.

For all you need to know about Stretchmarks, take a look at five common questions about stretchmarks.

Are stretchmarks associated with genetics?

If your mum got stretchmarks the chances are you will get them as there does seem to be a hereditary factor associated with stretchmarks. However if you haven’t inherited the same skin type as your mum and she got stretchmarks, there is a chance you may not get them.

Do treatments and creams really work?

Creams and treatments help to keep your skin moisturised and can reduce the severity of the stretchmarks and help them heal more quickly, but unfortunately they will not prevent them from appearing.

Does what I eat or drink make any difference to whether I will get stretchmarks?

It is sensible to keep your skin well-hydrated particularly when you have had a baby and are breastfeeding. Whilst eating a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish and drinking lots of water will not change your skin type, it will help to keep you hydrated, giving your skin a distinct advantage over de-hydrated skin.

Do darker-skinned ladies not get stretchmarks?

Stretchmarks can appear on any skin tone, whether it is light or dark, although fewer black women tend to get them and they seem to be less visible on darker skin. The colour of the stretchmarks also varies depending on your skin tone. On white skin they tend to be a silvery colour, whilst on darker skin they are often lighter than your natural skin colour.

Will my stretchmarks ever disappear?

The bad news is that stretchmarks never fade completely, whilst the good news is they become significantly reduced over time. Keep moisturising your stretchmarks to help the skin heal and after time they will be less noticeable.