Education: How Common Are Stretch Marks On Women?

how common are stretch marks on women

Stretch marks. You've either seen them or you have them. The long silvery lines that start off reddish purple when they first appear create a road map pattern or tiger stripe pattern on a woman's thighs, hips, stomach, arms, and even areas like the back of the calves, buttocks, and lower back.

But what are they unsightly lines that mar a woman's beautiful skin? And how common are they? The scientific term for stretch marks is "striae," and these marks are actual tears in the skin. When a woman gains weight or height quickly -- either due to pregnancy, puberty growth spurt, or weight gain -- and her skin can't keep up, it will tear, creating stretch marks. Some women are more prone to stretch marks than other -- chances are, if your mother had stretch marks, then you will, too. And the more your weight fluctuates, the more likely you'll have stretch marks because of the fluctuations.

Stretch marks are extremely common on women, especially if they've had children. 90% of women have stretch marks somewhere on their bodies. These lines can cause distress and sadness, not to mention restricting one's fashion choices. Bikinis and other summer fashions become out of the question.

So what are a woman's options when it comes to treating stretch marks? There are many creams that claim to get rid of stretch marks, but the majority of these are ineffective or minimally effective. Dermatologists now offer laser treatments to help stretch marks blend into the surrounding skin, but not all skin tones qualify for treatment. Plus, they're expensive and require maintenance treatments.

Another option is Dermaclara Silicone Fusion™ Treatments. Using Silicone Fusion™ Technology, the medical grade silicone quickly and effective (not to mention affordably) treats stretch marks resulting from pregnancy. Made of flexible, breathable silicone with one sticky side to adhere to skin, Silicone Fusion™ can be worn under clothes during the day, or while you sleep at night. No chemicals, lasers, or injections needed! For more information, or to order, visit

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