Stretch marks, also known as striae, are a very common skin condition that leaves your skin with streaks. These streaks can often appear on the abdomen, arms, hips, bottom, breasts, and thighs. While stretch marks are common, they can be embarrassing and cause someone to feel self-conscious. Our team of professional dermatologists in Boulder can help you find the right treatment options for your striae. Schedule an appointment at Azeal Dermatology Institute today to learn more!

Stretch Marks don’t all look alike. The appearance of your stretch marks depends on how long you have had them, what caused them, where they are located on your body, and your skin type. Stretch marks can appear as:

  • Lines in the skin or indented streaks
  • Bright streaks that fade to a lighter color
  • Streaks that are red, pink, black, blue, or purple

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks occur when an individual grows or gains weight at a rapid pace. It is the quick stretching of skin that leaves the appearance of a stretch mark on the skin. While there’s no specific age range for stretch marks to happen, they are more likely to occur at the times that your body experiences greater amounts of change. For instance, teens going through puberty and women during their pregnancy often get stretch marks.

Can You Prevent Stretch Marks?

As with any dermatological case, there are going to be methods of avoiding stretch marks that the media presents, but in reality, there’s no way to guarantee that stretch marks don’t happen. The closest chance of avoiding them is being conscious of how your body is reacting to hormones and how it’s changing. You’ll rarely be able to take any control when it happens, but understanding why these stretch marks occur can make them even the slightest bit more comforting.

What Treatment Options Exist For Stretch Marks?

There are a few different treatment methods for taking care of stretch marks, all varying on the severity of the stretch mark that you’re trying to care for. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed product that will entirely get rid of them, but some of the products that we recommend will help minimize their appearance over time. Our silicone gel treatment, natural oils, lasers, and peels have all shown different results.

Some other treatment options include:

  • Retinoid cream
  • Light and laser therapies
  • Microdermabrasion

Determining which method of treatment is going to be suited for you and your stretch marks can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Work with one of the knowledgeable dermatologists at Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder to figure out exactly which method will work best for you. Contact us today to get your questions answered and schedule your appointment with a dermatologist on our team today.