Pregnancy is naturally a time when a woman experiences many changes in her body. These changes are mostly due to rapid weight gain from the developing fetus and from an influx of many different kinds of hormones. While these changes are all part of a normal pregnancy, many of the side effects can be drastic and unwanted. Aside from changes in mood, dietary cravings, and weight, women will likely experience a number of differences in their skin. From acne and the onset of veins to stretch marks and pigmentation, a lot of things can happen to the skin during pregnancy.
Stretch marks, also known as striae, are an otherwise harmless form of scarring caused by the stretching of the skin during pregnancy, weight gain or bodybuilding. Stretch marks can form on any part of the body, but they mostly affect high-fat areas like the abdomen, breasts, buttocks and thighs. Stretch marks can appear as thin, wavy lines with a red, purple, or white complexion. Oftentimes, stretch marks will not diminish by themselves and can last for many years or a lifetime. Fortunately, there are dermatologically-advanced ways to help fade stretch marks and affordable products are readily available online.