Stretch Marks

The Ultimate Guide: 7 Effective Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks

Dr. Deepti Prasad
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Deepthi Prasad, MBBS.

Written by Our Editorial Team


A common skin condition that many people avoid discussing is stretch marks. These nasty streaks appear mostly on the abdomen, hips, breasts, thighs and buttocks due to rapid weight gain or loss during pregnancy, growth spurts, cushing syndrome or genetic factors. Experts say stretch marks are a natural part of the body's growth process, and there is no need to feel embarrassed about them. However, if you have stretch marks on your body, you’d know it looks weird. The marks tend to make your body look less appealing. That’s when people turn to stretch marks removal creams to treat stretch marks, but most turn futile.

Stretch marks, or Striae distensae (SD), are classified mainly into two categories:

  1. Striae rubrae, or pink/ red stretch mark is characterized by red or pinkish color streaks on the skin and is considered an early stretch mark. They often appear when the skin is stretched rapidly during pregnancy or a growth spurt.
  2. Striae alba, or white stretch marks are considered older marks appearing on the skin as a white or silver-colored streak. White stretch marks are formed when the dermis has healed, and the formation of scar tissue takes place.

As per experts, striae rubrae is the initial stage of stretch marks and is much easier to diminish than striae alba, where scarring is deeply rooted in the skin tissue. There are numerous ways to prevent stretch marks; however, you cannot completely get rid of white stretch marks, but by following a proper skincare routine and correct treatment, you can fade or make them less noticeable. So, let's quickly dive into ways to prevent stretch marks.

Ways to Prevent Stretch Marks

Prevent Stretch Marks

Due to sudden weight gain or weight loss during puberty or pregnancy, the skin stretches, causing the collagen and elastin in the dermis to break, leading to the appearance of stretch marks. Collagen is vital in providing structure to your skin and improving its elasticity. Boosting collagen production may help improve the skin's elasticity, thus nipping in the bud the formation of stretch marks. Let's explore avoiding or reducing the likelihood of getting stretch marks.

Also Read : Stretch Marks : Why Do They Appear And How To Get Rid Of Them?

1. Include Omega-3 In Your Diet


Fatty acids such as Omega-3 are beneficial for maintaining healthy skin. Fishes such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, chia seeds, soybeans, and flax seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 which can be included in your daily diet.

2. Stay Active to Avoid Gaining Too Much Weight during Pregnancy

Avoid gaining too much weight too quick

During pregnancy, there are chances of putting on too much weight. Sudden weight gain can put too much pressure, causing the collagen in the dermis to rupture, resulting in the appearance of stretch marks. Consult your doctor about healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Your dermatologist may advise using stretch marks removal creams on the abdomen for stretch marks removal. 

3. Vitamin D For Skin

Vitamin D

‘Sunshine Vitamin’ or Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Natural light is a good source of Vitamin D for the skin. It plays a vital role in cell regeneration, cell growth, and repair and improves the immune system, destroying free radicals responsible for damaging skin cells. But avoid over-exposure to the sun as it can damage your skin, resulting in premature ageing. To compensate for Vitamin D deficiency in your body, you can take Vitamin D supplements.

4. Hydrating Skincare Products

Hydrating Skincare Products

Incorporating hydrating and nourishing skincare products in your regular skincare routine makes your skin soft, supple and plump, reducing the risk of developing stretch marks. Application of an effective stretch mark cream available in the market containing Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene, Rosehip Oil etc., in the early stages has proven to be beneficial in decreasing the severity of stretch marks.

We recommend using ThriveCo's Stretch Mark Expert in your early trimester (i.e., in the initial stage of stretch marks) to prevent stretch marks, as it contains groundbreaking Striover and other intensely hydrating ingredients that effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks in its initial stage.

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Also Read : Bid Adieu To Dehydrated Skin With 5 KDa Hyaluronic Acid

5. Hydrate, Hydrate & Hydrate


Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily for optimal hydration. Hydrated skin looks plump and youthful, improving the skin's elasticity, thus preventing stretch marks.

6. Eat Plenty Of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

As per recent studies, eating nutrient-rich food can improve skin health. Fruit and veggies rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc and proteins keep your skin healthy and radiant, thus reducing the risk of stretch marks.

7. Always Protect Your Skin From Harmful Effect Of Sun

Protect Your Skin From Harmful Effect Of Sun

Direct exposure to sun rays can damage the collagen and elastin fibers of the skin, making your skin prone to stretch marks; hence it is essential to sun protect it. Application of sunscreen is an unavoidable step in your morning skincare routine. It is recommended to apply a sunscreen cream or gel every 365 days a year. As per experts, gel-based sunscreen is more effective in providing maximum sun protection as it gets absorbed into the skin easily. You can try ThriveCo's Daily Sunscreen Gel, as your first line of defense against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Also Read : Yes, Your Skincare Routine Needs A Sunscreen Gel!


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"I love the feel of the product on my skin. It is non- greasy, easily absorbed and doesn't leave a white residue."

There are numerous cream for stretch marks removal available in the market. But experts say that even the best stretch marks cream will only be effective if you start applying it in the initial stage, i.e., when your stretch marks are new, as these creams for stretch marks will not be effective on old stretch marks. Your dermatologist may suggest applying stretch marks cream on the susceptible parts of your body when pregnant to reduce the risk of stretch marks. It is worth mentioning that there is no magical solution for complete stretch mark removal. But with a regular skincare routine and the application of stretch marks cream, you can prevent the appearance of stretch marks to a certain extent.

About Doctor :

Dr. Deepthi Prasad

Dr. Deepthi Prasad specializes in Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Aesthetic Dermatology and has been practicing for over 15 years. After completing MBBS from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she earned a MD in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad in 2014.




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