6 myths about stretch marks and their appearance

There are many myths surrounding stretch marks and their appearance. We are going to try to disprove some claims that are false.


1. Stretch marks only appear in women

The characteristics of women's skin and physiological changes such as pregnancy predispose the female gender to have stretch marks most often. But this does not prevent up to 25% of men from seeing stretch marks appear at times when there is a change in weight or body composition, such as when playing sports and increasing muscle volume or when taking certain medications.


2. Boys and girls do not have stretch marks

Stretch marks can appear at any time in life, after 5 years of age, due to growth, development or weight gain. During childhood the most common location for stretch marks is on the thighs or in the abdominal area. During puberty and adolescence, up to 30% of boys and girls can have stretch marks, since it is a time of great body growth and change of all body structures. In certain families, there is a greater predisposition and it will be a time to pay special attention.


3. Stretch marks disappear over time

Unfortunately stretch marks do not disappear, so the best we can do is prevent their appearance. Yes, there is a change in appearance: when they originate they are larger and purplish in colour and as time passes they will be smaller and lighter in colour.


4. Thin people do not have stretch marks.

Thin people can also have stretch marks if there are bodily or hormonal changes, or due to receiving some medications. 


5. Stretch marks cannot be prevented

We can always prevent the appearance of stretch marks! Applying specific products for prevention that provide hydration and elasticity to the skin, and that protect it in moments of stretching.


6. Tight clothing causes stretch marks

Stretch marks are produced by the stretching of the skin that causes breakage of the skin fibres. It is not true that tight clothing causes them. But do not wear tight clothing or certain fabrics to prevent its appearance.