Why Do Stretch Marks Itch?

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Stretch marks itch during their growing process, as the increased blood flow to the area breaks down the collagen and can results in more permanent marks. Treat stretch marks when they start to itch with advice from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, board certified dermatologist, and author of "Six Weeks to Sensational Skin." This attempts to answer the question why do stretch marks itch? And what you should know is that stretch marks do have a life cycle so that when they first come out stretch marks oftentimes look pinkish-red, and that really kind of reflects the fact that there's increased blood flow to these areas and really, the skin is undergoing a change in its hold status where the blood flow is there, it's releasing some mediators that are breaking down your collagen, and you're forming stretch marks. So, if you have itchy stretch marks it's really of the utmost of importance to realize that they are then in the growing process, and you need to try to do whatever you can to stop them. If you know what the cause is; maybe it's some weight gain, maybe you're working out and bulking up, and you're getting a little bit too aggressive and you're stretching too fast, you need to say my body's telling me that these marks are itchy, they're growing. Let me think of the cause and try to undo it immediately. Good luck to you. This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo.

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