Are Stretch Marks Genetic?

geneticsThe causes of stretch marks are quite diverse. One potential cause is genetics – this means the chance that you get stretch marks could be passed on from one generation to another. It is common to find that many women who have developed stretch marks on their skin have a relative or two who have also suffered the same fate.

It’s probably the most unfortunate cause of stretch marks, because, if true, it means you could be predisposed to getting them. No matter how hard you try to prevent them.

Factual Evidence

The idea that stretch marks are genetic has not been advanced as much as the other causes thus making it hard to substantiate as 100% fact. Not a lot of detailed research has gone into the matter. It’s more just evidence like the examples stated above. So people have had relatives who have got them, and then they went on to get them. This obviously isn’t real conclusive proof.

However some doctors do state that there is a genetic element to them. But it’s not certain. If your relatives had them, you’re not 100% guaranteed to have them too. However it could be likely. That seems to be the general consensus; some sources are listed below.


Stretch marks usually occur because the person who gets them has DNA which is slower repair stretch dependent skin injuries. This is something that can be passed down from one generation to another. In that respect stretch marks being genetic would make logical sense.

Does it Matter?

In a way whether you’re more likely to get stretch marks or not shouldn’t matter. You can still try to prevent them just by being more cautious. If they’re already on the skin, the fact that you’re more susceptible to them doesn’t necessarily mean it’s harder to reduce their appearance.

Just because you may be more susceptible to getting them doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them forever. Although taking extra care in regards to weight and exercise would be a good idea.

Stay Healthy

The best way to prevent stretch marks whether genetic or not is to maintain a healthy weight through the consumption of a balanced diet and regular exercise. However, exercise should also be done at a moderate level when it involves weights to avoid the stretching of the skin resulting in stretch marks.

If you’re pregnant you should apply creams to your skin. Even though this is not guaranteed to prevent the marks it can at least help reduce itching. Essentially you just need to be more cautious than normal if you have a family history of stretch marks.

So a family history of stretch marks isn’t the end of the world. There are loads of factors which can determine whether you get stretch marks or not. Just be slightly more cautious if you know other members of your family have had problems with stretch marks in the past.

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