Most women develop stretch marks during the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. They look like raised red or purple scratches on the skin but eventually, they settle down into flat silvery lines.
They happen when the skin is stretched quickly by rapid weight gain, such as that which occurs during pregnancy. Stretch marks are most common on the stomach, hips, breasts, thighs and buttocks.
Stretch marks should begin to fade within 6 months of the birth, but unfortunately, rarely disappear completely.
As the skin stretches, it loses elasticity and the fibers of the skin weaken and break causing stretch marks. Some people are more susceptible to stretch marks than others, due to genetics, skin tone and colour, dehydration and a poor diet.
Eat a diet rich in Vitamin E and C, Zinc and Silica to help keep skin healthy. Lettuce, beans, wholegrain cereals, cabbage and strawberries are good sources of these.