Skin Cracks

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Our bodies; It carries the changes and periods we go through throughout our lives. Scars, acne scars, cat scratches... In this long list, the scars we encounter early on include the stretch marks on our bodies. Skin stretch marks, also known as " striae ", are a condition experienced by many bodies. It does not affect our physical health, it is the result of a change, it is normal, it is with us and it is beautiful. In this article, we discuss stretch marks, because the only way to love our body is to know and understand it.

What actually are skin stretch marks?

Skin cracks occur as a result of sudden stretching of the skin . Understanding stretch marks better actually depends on knowing the structure of our skin. Skin; It consists of epidermis , dermis and hypodermis layers from top to bottom . Elastin and collagen fibers in the dermis, the middle layer, are responsible for the elastic structure and appearance of the skin. Rapid stretching and shrinkage of the skin causes elastin and collagen bonds to weaken, thus causing visible deterioration on the skin.

When stretch marks begin to form, they first have a purplish color, darker than the skin color. Over time, the dark skin color changes to a lighter color. They are usually colorless, slightly sunken (depressed), scar-like lines. It is also called " white crack " due to the light color of its final form .

What are the reasons why cracks occur?

There are many different reasons for this unique appearance on our skin. We can list them as follows:

  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Sudden weight gain or sudden weight loss
  • Engaging in sports and activities where muscles grow rapidly
  • Growth spurts during adolescence
  • Cushing syndrome or Marfan syndrome
  • Long-term cortisone use

It is also known that 50% to 90% of pregnant people develop stretch marks on their bodies, and the probability of stretch marks in people with obesity problems reaches 40%.

In which parts of the body do skin stretch marks occur?

Stretch marks may occur in one or more areas of the body. Especially during periods when many parts of the body begin to stretch, such as pregnancy, stretch marks may occur simultaneously on the breasts, abdomen, inner thighs and butt. Crack formation is not limited to certain areas; cracks are possible in every area where our skin is stretched, but it has been observed that they occur more commonly in some areas. Areas where stretch marks are commonly seen include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks , breasts, upper arms , lower back and around the waist .

Is there a treatment for the appearance of stretch marks on our skin?

The appearance of cracks does not cause any health problems, so you do not need to worry at all. However, if stretch marks cover a large area of ​​your skin or you want to explore treatment options, it's a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider first.

In general, the appearance of stretch marks is difficult to treat . Treatment improves the appearance of stretch marks, but may not eliminate them completely. Addressing stretch marks when they first appear yields the best results. Older, deeper cracks may be more difficult to treat.

If you want to learn about treatment options before seeing a doctor, read on.

Crack Treatment

Laser, Skin Resurfacing

With this procedure performed by healthcare professionals, laser beams divided into thousands of small but deep treatment columns are sent to the cracks in the skin . Thus, the skin layers are activated and collagen fibers are allowed to grow to create a smooth skin. With this method, the appearance of stretch marks on the skin can disappear in about a year. It is very important to learn about the side effects before choosing the laser method. This method may cause small white bumps to form in the applied areas and cause these areas to swell.


Stretch marks are scraped off with dermabrasion, which is a type of surgery. With the procedure, the white appearance of the cracks is neutralized. It may take at least two weeks for the treated areas to heal. The result of the procedure becomes clearer after at least a month. Side effects are similar to laser treatment.


The purpose of the microneedling method is very similar to laser treatment. The aim is to grow new collagen and elastin fibers in the layers of the skin by poking the area where the stretch marks are located by the healthcare professional with a thin needle . It may take six months or longer for the area to heal completely. Side effects may include irritation, discoloration, swelling and skin flaking.


Retinol, which we know from the ingredients of some facial care creams; It has the ability to improve skin wrinkles , skin texture and skin hydration level. Side effects of this skin care method, which requires at least six months of regular use for a visible difference, include dry skin, irritation and light sensitivity. (Not recommended for use in summer!)

How to prevent the appearance of cracks?

Unfortunately, there is no solution that will definitely prevent the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. However, caring about our body, providing it with the care and moisture it needs, and eating healthy can help us have a smoother , more flexible skin appearance.

Drinking water regularly and in accordance with your body's needs helps keep the skin soft , thus reducing the possibility of stretch marks.

Consuming foods containing caffeine such as coffee and tea in a limited manner or not at all is also a positive choice for a stretch-free skin appearance.

We build our body with the food we consume. For a flexible and vibrant skin , it is very important to regularly consume zinc-rich foods and vitamins A, C, D and ensure regular protein intake.

Along with foods, regular exercise improves blood circulation and helps the body produce collagen . Increased circulation and collagen keeps skin strong and flexible.

Our skin is the largest organ that covers our entire body . Remember, there is nothing more natural than having scratches , cracks and wounds on this organ that comes into contact with the outside world. Your body is magnificent as it is, unique and unique to you. You are amazing in every way!

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