WHAT CAUSES STRETCH MARKS?

What Causes Stretch Marks?

 

Stretch marks don’t appear overnight

When your collagen production under your skin is disrupted or when your body produces extra cortisone, stretch marks will begin to become noticeable. Nobody is happy when stretch marks appear, but understanding what causes stretch marks is the first step in finding a way to get rid of them and avoid them in the future.

They appear gradually, due to a number of different causes, including:

1. RAPID CHANGES IN WEIGHT

When your skin expands, the collagen, elastic fibres and blood vessels in your dermis can be damaged, become inflamed and stretch marks can appear.

Plus, when you lose weight rapidly, your skin doesn’t have enough time to go back in shape and tighten up properly.

 

2. PUBERTY GROWTH SPURTS

When young teenagers go through puberty their body grows faster than their skin can produce collagen.

So, when their skin is stretched beyond its elasticity, the connective tissue changes and causes stretch marks.

 

3. PREGNANCY

Your belly often grows too fast for your skin to keep up when you are pregnant.

Growing that fast can leave you with stretch marks.

 

4. YOUR GENES

Stretch marks are also hereditary.

If your parents or older relatives have had stretch marks, you are more likely to experience them as well.

 

5. AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL ISSUE

Excessive stretch marks on the body can also sometimes indicate an underlying issue.

This can be due to a number of factors or disorders, including:

  1. Taking oral corticosteroids
  2. An adrenal gland disease
  3. Cushing's disease

If you start seeing excessive stretch marks on your body, we recommended that you see a qualified physician to receive an accurate assessment of your condition.

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