Stretch marks, why do they turn from red to white?


Red stretch marks are the first to appear and if neglected they can turn white. Fortunately, however, there are ways to counter them.

The stretch marks I’m skin marks that sooner or later in life, almost all of them have in common. If you fight with yours every day then, in addition to having to stop immediately, know that you are not the only one.

As you may have noticed, stretch marks they can be of two colors: white or red. For the latter there is often nothing or little you can do to eliminate them, while on red stretch marks most of the time you can intervene.

Hurry though, if you delay one day you will see them turn white.


What are red stretch marks

Red stretch marks are inflammations of the skin, which usually occur following a change or a minor trauma which it cannot cope with.

Why and where they are formed

The main causes are pregnancy, sudden weight change or taking certain types of medications.

Even the hormonal changes are among those responsible for the appearance of red stretch marks, so much so that, in addition to pregnancy, i periods of their greatest incidence coincide with puberty and menopause.

All the fault of cortisol, which inhibits the production of proteins responsible for keeping the skin elastic.

Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone and for this reason it is not uncommon for red stretch marks to appear at times when you feel particularly tired or under pressure.

Stretch marks can materialize on different areas of the body but generally focus on thighs, buttocks, belly and arms.


Red stretch marks turn white over time

The color difference It depends substantially from how much time has passed since their appearance. If I’m recent, stretch marks are red or tending to purplish, while if they are present for a long time take on nuances white and pearly.

The inflammation responsible for red stretch marks at times it may be accompanied by mild burning and itching. Their color is determined by the fact that the skin, thinning, reveals the subcutaneous layer supplied with blood.

Over time the inflammation subsides and gives way to white scars. It is therefore correct to say that the white shades are nothing but the temporal evolution of red stretch marks.

Yes, red stretch marks can be fought

Unlike the white ones, for which the only or almost viable way is serene acceptance, waging a fight against red stretch marks is possible, although even in this case it is not a completely downhill road.

Indeed, the patience required to eliminate them is great and success is not guaranteed.

How to intervene

If at the sight of your red stretch marks you thought that one day they would go away on their own we have bad news for you: it will not happen.

Rather, if you do not intervene immediately you may not be able to get rid of it.

To avoid seeing them become pearly, they must be treated as soon as possible and in the appropriate way.


Stay hydrated as much as possible

There cause trigger of the appearance of stretch marks is the not enough elasticity of the skin, which, failing to cope with the changes to which it is subjected, tears itself away. To determine it the scarce presence of the two proteins responsible for skin elasticity and firmness: relastin and collagen.

To preserve them, the first step to take is to moisturize the skin as much as possible, both through direct and indirect methods.

Drink lots of water

Skin health is a reflection of the overall health of the body, so to keep it hydrated the first step is to make sure that your whole body is.

So drink a lot water, especially in summer not you absolutely should drop below two liters per day, and never forget to bring one with you water bottle every time you play sports, especially if outdoors.


Take care of your nutrition

Follow one balanced diet and rich in vegetables which, thanks to trace elements and at vitamins present, makes the skin more shiny and elastic, it will help to reduce stretch marks.

Use moisturizing and nourishing creams and oils

All the moisturizers they are quite suitable for nourishing the skin, but there are some on the market specifically designed to combat stretch marks, whose formulations are even more intense. Those rich in shea or coconut butter, in which however many vitamins are also present.


Alternatively, the oils also work very well, especially those of Argan or sweet almonds.

Arm yourself with patience

Use these products consistently, massaging them on the affected area at least a couple of times a day. It is impossible to determine whether the stretch marks will disappear completely or will only diminish, just as it is not known how long it will take.

If you have patience and you will do this methodically however, you will almost certainly notice improvements every day.

Do you practice any sport

To expand the benefits of these treatments, we recommend that you regularly engage in toning-up physical activity, especially targeted to the area where the scars are present. This good habit, in fact, will help the skin to remain more elastic.


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