Stretch marks as you know are the lines of discolored skin that form on the skin. Now you may have noticed some people have red or purple lines while some have white or silvery lines.


Is there any difference between the two based on color?

When the stretch marks form they are generally red / purple in color depending on the color of your skin. These may remain like this for 1 to 6 months. But if left untreated these fade in color and turn white or silvery.


Are White or Red Stretch Marks dangerous?

stretch-marksStretch marks by themselves are not dangerous. But the reason you are getting them may be a cause of worry. E.g. Just being overweight has its health risks. In some cases “Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and other adrenal gland disorders can also cause stretch marks by increasing the amount of cortisone in your body.” Some medications specifically ones that have steroids may also cause stretch marks.

But if you worry too much about your appearance then sure Stretch Marks will cause you nightmares.


How to Stop Stretch Marks from changing color?

Well there is nothing else you can do except Treating Stretch marks in the initial stage itself. Or still better, take precautions to help prevent them altogether. Here are some tips and here are some products you can consider.


Are White Stretch Marks Permanent?

In many cases stretch marks just fade away after the initial red stage. But if they change into the white ones, there is very less chance that they will just go away. So until they are treated its very highly probable that you will have to just live with them.


So I have White Stretch Marks. Can I treat them Now?

Yes. Whatever the stage of your stretch marks treatments are always available. At this stage diet choices can help but you will also need good medications (topical). Or if you are too fed up, you can go in for Cosmetic surgery. Here is a summary of the options before you:

  1. Stretch Marks Creams: These work by moisturizing your skin and restoring elasticity of the skin. Most creams have Retina-A (retinoic acid). Generally effective for prevention and the initial stages of stretch marks.
  2. Laser Therapy: There are two types, pulsed and photothermolysis. These work by stimulating skin by hitting it with shots of laser beam. Can cause skin damage and irritation. Are mostly suited in initial stages.
  3. Microdermabrasion: This involves finely brazing your skin with tiny crystals so that the current layer of skin gives way to new layer. Can work on White Stretch marks. But it can also cause discomfort and rashes.
  4. Cosmetic Surgery: Procedures are only available for stomach region. Procedures like tummy tuck involve cutting off the excess skin.