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Stretch Marks: An Overview

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Stretch marks are a sign of excessive stretching of the skin, which can happen during pregnancy, puberty, or other weight-bearing activities. Stretch marks look like thin lines in the skin that appear reddish or pale white in color. They usually fade over time but do not go away entirely without treatment. In this article, we'll look at the causes of stretch marks and discuss what measures you can take to prevent them or improve their appearance.


What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are a type of scar that can affect anyone. They are caused by the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in your skin, which causes the skin to become thin and prone to tearing. This can happen when the body is stretched in certain ways, like during pregnancy or growth spurts. Stretch marks may be red or purple, but typically they appear as silver lines on the surface of your skin.


Causes of stretch marks
Stretch marks are caused by the rapid stretching of your skin, which can occur during pregnancy, weight gain, loss, or other hormonal changes.

The most common causes of stretch marks include:

  • Pregnancy: When the uterine wall expands to accommodate a growing fetus, it stretches the skin and connective tissue of your abdomen. This can lead to stretch marks that appear one to three months after giving birth, prompting some women to call them "tiger stripes."
  • Weight gain or loss over time: Significant weight swings can cause stretch marks in the same areas as pregnancy-related ones (abdomen), but they're not limited to just that area—they can appear on breasts, hips, and thighs too.
  • Growth spurts in children and adolescents: During these times when bones grow quickly or children grow taller faster than usual, the skin stretches beyond its natural limits as well—and this often results in unsightly stretch marks on arms and legs due to rapid growth spurts during puberty!

Some people just get more stretch marks than others because they're more prone to them than others are. While genetics plays a role in this susceptibility to stretch marks, it's not entirely clear what exactly causes some people to get stretch marks after pregnancy while others don't develop any at all — but hormones like estrogen tend to be involved somehow.


Conclusion

Stretch marks are a very common thing in today's world, even among people who do not gain many pounds or do not gain it too quickly. The main reason is the genetics that you were born with. Stretch marks can start to appear even at the early age of 12. It is important for you to know about stretch marks as soon as possible. If you get them, do not lose hope as there are treatments and prevention methods available for stretch marks.


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Source: Dr Sam Ellis | Can you Prevent Strech Marks?




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