Everything you need to know about pregnancy stretch marks

June 20, 2019

A staggering 8 out of 10 women will get stretch marks during pregnancy. They are an everyday problem, affecting all skin types, developing on thighs, breasts and most commonly on the tummy.  A limited amount of research has been done into who is more likely to get stretch marks, but scientists agree that genes, rapid weight gain and age (younger women tend to get stretch marks more easily) play a role.

How stretch marks form

Until the last few years, little has been known about how stretch marks form. But thanks to research carried out by our inventors, supported by recent studies in the USA, we now know what skin changes occur to allow these permanent marks to appear.

During pregnancy, hormones cause collagen bundles to separate in the skin, making it more susceptible to tears as the skin stretches. As the collagen bundles separate small red micro-tears will appear in the dermis and then, already weakened, these tiny tears will eventually rip in a straight line downwards, at right angles to the body’s natural skin lines (known as Langer’s lines). Think of a windscreen splitting downwards after a small crack appears from a flyaway stone. Stretch marks form in a similar way


Stretch marks appear as red lines that fade slowly after childbirth to leave pale, silvery lines on the skin.  They never disappear completely and can cause deep physical and emotional issues. Even with today’s body positive attitude to skin imperfections, 50% of women admit to being emotionally scarred when left with a tummy full of stretch marks.

Creams, oils and gels won’t prevent stretch marks

As evidenced in the internationally renowned Cochrane Report, as well as the British Journal of Dermatology, creams, oils and gels won’t prevent stretch marks and unfortunately once formed there is little that can be done to remove them.

Dr Justine Kluk, consultant dermatologist from London, believes brands need to be more honest about what their topical treatments can achieve: “Creams can potentially make the skin feel smoother and plumper in the short term, but if we don’t think that they’re actively going to reduce or eliminate stretch marks in the long run, and science seems to say that they won’t, then consumers should be made aware of this.”

And well-respected scientific research from Dr Wang and his team at the University of Washington Physicians supports our own inventors’ findings that no topical treatment can affect the separation of the collagen bundles and subsequent tearing of the skin.

A new stretch mark prevention product that works

Our inventors, Dermatologist Dr Stephen Barker and Skin Tissue Engineer Dr Robert Brown, from University College Hospital, London, spent years investigating how stretch marks can be prevented.  Now, at last, there’s a revolutionary new product on the market that’s been clinically proven to prevent stretch marks. 

This product is the beautifully simple Secret Saviours 3-step Stretch Mark Prevention System, consisting of a Bump Band, Day Gel and Night Cream. When worn daily throughout pregnancy the innovative Bump Band secretly gets on with the job of preventing stretch marks, whilst mums-to-be get on with the job of growing their baby.

How does Secret Saviours work?

The Bump Band is printed with specially arranged pads which gently grip the skin, equalising tension across the tummy, preventing collagen bundles from separating and small micro-tears appearing. The pads are deliberately arranged in an irregular pattern so if a micro-tear does appear, it can’t easily rip downwards as its path is blocked by the pads.

The Bump Band is safe to wear and offers back and under bump support too. It’s accompanied by the slightly tacky Secret Saviours Day Gel, which holds the pads in place, and the Secret Saviours Night Cream which deeply moisturises the skin at night, leaving it soft and supple.

In independent trials, Secret Saviours saved 82% of women from getting stretch marks.  And with growing evidence that creams, gels and oils simply cannot prevent the skin tearing, this product really is any pregnant women’s best insurance against stretch marks. 


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