|A recent Australian survey of women under 25 (predominantly teenagers) conducted by an over the counter product produced by INNOXA has revealed the incidence of stretch marks in young women is very high. In fact, 71 per cent of the teenagers polled said they suffered from stretch marks, while just 51 percent suffer from acne, which is far more associated with teenage skin issues.
The research was undertaken as a consumer study and polled 468 Australian females under 25 years old on whether they suffer from stretch marks and how they feel about them.
While stretch marks are predominantly viewed as something women get during pregnancy and with weight gain, astoundingly 86 per cent of the young women under 25 suffered from them; 71 per cent of those are teenagers.
The Survey revealed the following key statistics:
• Like acne, stretch marks can have a profound effect on teenagers’ and young women’s body confidence, with 52 per cent of the teenage respondent, and 61 per cent of under 25s revealing they are ‘very’ self-conscious about their stretch marks.
• Lack of education or advice in terms of how to treat stretch marks: Despite being self conscious about them, 87 per cent of those polled who had stretch marks have never consulted a GP or dermatologist about them, and 37 per cent do nothing in terms of treating their stretch marks.
• Many stretch mark sufferers do recognise the importance of regular moisturisation, vitamin E and natural oils with 25 per cent regularly using moisturisers and/or vitamin E creams, and 9 per cent use natural oils.
• Stretch marks are not just for girls: 32 percent of young women polled said their brothers or male siblings also suffer from stretch marks.
While many environmental, diet and other elements come into play, genetic disposition appears to be a key factor in stretch marks in young women with 67 per cent of those who have them stating their mother also suffers from them.
As a medical practitioner with more than a decade of experience working in general practice as well as women’s health, Dr Cindy Pan recognises the role Vitamin E can play in maintaining healthy skin.
“By massaging the skin regularly with Vitamin E, you’re moisturising and conditioning the skin, and over time this can help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone”.
Dr Pan suggests that for people suffering from scarring or stretchmarks, regular massage with vitamin E enriched preparations may improve the condition and appearance fo skin over time.