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What are stretch marks?

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a problem that a lot of us can sympathise with. They are long, thin, uneven and red or purple in colour when they are new, and slowly fade to a silvery white colour over time. 

Stretch marks are a problem that a lot of us can sympathise with. They are long, thin, uneven and red or purple in colour when they are new, and slowly fade to a silvery white colour over time. Both men and women of all ages experience them, and the areas that are most prone to stretch marks are: the stomach, breasts, thighs, hips, bottom, shoulders and upper arms. But what actually are these scars and what causes them?

When skin rapidly grows or stretches, its collagen is weakened which causes the dermis to tear in places, allowing the blood vessels which sit beneath to become visible. Over time the blood vessels contract which reduces the level of blood held near the surface of the skin, allowing the ‘silvery white’ fat beneath the surface of the skin to become visible.

"Stretch marks are the result of the skin suddenly stretching. The middle layer of skin (dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. The dermis can be stretched during pregnancy, as a result of weight gain or due to growth spurts during puberty” NHS.com

The good news is that with our top tips, Super Moisturising bath and body care products, collagen and elastin boosting ingredients, expert advice and Balance Me personal experiences we can help you to minimise existing stretch marks and also make your skin less likely to develop them in the first place.

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