Itchy Stretchmarks

Why Your Stretch Marks Are Itchy?

Stretch marks are a common skin concern that can occur in both women and men. However, women are more prone to developing stretch marks and over 50 percent of female patients experience them during pregnancy.

While some people embrace their stretch marks as tiger stripes, others are eager to fade and remove them. But they’re not just a cosmetic concern, as many individuals report associated itching.

Continue reading to find our why your stretch marks are itchy and what you can do about it.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, also known as striae, are long, narrow scars that develop after the skin is rapidly stretched to the point that it cannot resume its normal form. They can be vertical or branch-like in appearance and can range in color from pink to red to white.

Although stretch marks can occur on any part of the body, they are often seen on the abdomen, breasts, hips, flanks, buttocks, and thighs, following pregnancy, puberty, sudden weight gain, or sudden weight loss.

What Do Itchy Stretch Marks Mean?

When stretch marks present with itching, it means that they are developing and in the progressive stage. In fact, active stretch marks, which are typically red, itch because the skin is thinner in the affected area.

Why Your Stretch Marks Are Itchy

If you have experienced striae, you have likely wondered why your stretch marks are itchy. The reason for your itching has to do with skin quality. More specifically, after skin stretches it becomes thinner, softer, and has less support than it previously did. This results in a lack of support to nerve effectors, making them more sensitive and prone to itching.

How to Alleviate Itchy Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks aren’t harmful, but they can cause discomfort and pose a cosmetic concern. Therefore, if your itchy stretch marks are bothersome, you can apply a soothing moisturizer or a topical anti-itch cortisone cream.

It’s also possible to help fade stretch marks at this point in their development with the application of bio oil or a collagen-stimulating treatment, like laser resurfacing or microneedling.

If you are considering stretch mark removal, please call GlamDerm today to schedule a comprehensive consultation. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your needs and goals.

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