What You Need To Know About Scars & Stretch Marks
Education and Advocacy No one likes the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Dr. Paul Cohen, a Dermatologist at the Rosedale Dermatology Centre in Toronto, tells us the difference between the two and the best ways to make them disappear.
Mediaplanet What are stretch marks and what are the main cause of them?
Dr. Paul Cohen Stretch marks are a form of scaring on the skin caused by the tearing of the middle layer of skin. Stretch marks are often the result of stretching of the skin through rapid body growth or sudden change of weight, which can be a result of pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, body-building and puberty.
MP Where and when do stretch marks commonly form?
PC Stretch marks commonly form where there is a growth of skin or a larger amount of fat is stored on the body. Some of the common areas of the body which have stretch marks are on the stomach, breasts, lower back, inner and outer thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Stretch marks really can occur at any age. They can occur in adolescents or earlier due to medical conditions where there is an excess of cortisone being produced.
MP What is the difference between a scar and stretch mark?
PC Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin. Scars occur when there is damage to the skin, usually a result of an acute injury, where certain cells grow too quickly. A scar can be raised, depressed, red or white depending how old they are.
MP What are the best treatments for scars and stretchmarks?
PC The best treatment for scars and stretchmarks is simply taking a lubricated finger and massaging the effected area. Done everyday day, this will help prevent the scars from becoming raised. Finding the right over-the-counter product is important, such as an oil or cream.