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Can you remove stretch marks?

Guide to stretch marks and how to reduce their appearance.

Find out about what really causes stretch marks and what steps you can take to reduce their appearance to make you feel more confident in your own skin.

Stretch marks: The facts

Learn more about what stretch marks are and why we’re affected by them.

What are stretch marks?

Most women will notice stretch marks on their skin at some point during their life and they are very common. They generally appear as different coloured parallel lines on the surface of your skin and can develop anywhere on the body, but are most common on the stomach, arms and thighs. They are usually red or purple at first, before fading to more of a white colour and in some cases you may even be able to feel a slight indentation when you touch them.

Stretch marks aren’t dangerous

Although stretch marks can look quite severe in some cases, remember that they are your skin’s natural reaction to being stretched and shouldn’t worry you. Make sure to continue taking care of your skin and moisturising as normal and they will probably fade over time.

What causes stretch marks?

As the name suggests, stretch marks are a result of the skin stretching rapidly. This causes the middle layer of skin to tear slightly and the deeper layers to show through. The reason that stretch marks are often red or purple in colour is because these tears allow the blood vessels to show through.

Stretch marks are usually caused by rapid weight gain/loss or pregnancy. This is because in both of these cases, the skin is put under a great deal of strain and isn’t able to compensate for the rapid stretching by producing more skin cells.

I’m pregnant – am I going to get stretch marks?

Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy and affect around 80% of expectant mothers. During pregnancy, hormones are produced that soften the ligaments in the pelvis to make it easier to give birth – these often soften your skin fibres too, making you prone to stretch marks.

Who is most at risk of developing stretch marks?

  • Women
  • People with a family history of stretch marks
  • People that are overweight
  • Pregnant women
  • People that have had dramatic weight loss or weight gain recently
  • People with Caucasian skin
  • Young people going through puberty

How to reduce the appearance of stretch marks

Getting rid of stretch marks altogether is very difficult, but there are lots of ways to reduce their appearance.

What products should I be using on my stretch marks?

Most stretch marks aren’t particularly visible and will fade by themselves over time.

However, it is essential to keep the area moisturised during this process. Using a body oil which is suitable for massaging stretch marks like NIVEA Firming Body Oil will help to firm and nourish the skin.

If you’d rather have a slightly richer and thicker consistency, the unique formula of NIVEA Creme will help your skin to stay supple. Massage it in! The massage will improve circulation and encourage blood flow in the affected area, which will greatly help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Make sure you’re drinking enough water!

We know that keeping hydrated is essential to having healthy and radiant skin. It will also ensure that skin maintains its maximum elasticity and stays as supple as possible to protect you against stretch marks.