Stretch Marks also called Striae are narrow thin lines on Skin. They occur because of Quick Stretching or Shrinking of the Skin. Stretch marks may be normal in some individual especially Adolescence. During puberty, weight are gained quickly and this might lead to sudden stretch of the skin causing stretch marks. Although the Skin is fairly Elastic, When the Skin is Stretch suddenly, Collagen ( a component of the connective tissue which gives the skin it toughness and elasticity) production is disrupted.
Striae occurs in various parts of the body,but commonly stretch marks can be found in the Shoulder,Buttocks, legs, and even around the armpit. It is more common in Females than Males.
Causes of Straie
Muscular activities like Working out and Body building can also cause Stretch Marks as often times muscles are gained quickly and this can disrupt the level of collagen produced. Individual with High Body fat also possesses Stretch Marks,since there’s high amount of fat which obviously lead to increased body weight.
Some Medical Condition like Marfan Syndrome can cause Stretch Marks too, Marfan Syndrome causes decreased elasticity of the Skin. Conditions like Cushing Syndrome can also cause Stretch Marks.
Cosmetics Usage: Prolonged Usage of some Corticosteroid Creams causes Stretch marks as they are known to decrease the level of Collagen.With Time, Stretch Marks often fades away and become Unnoticeable.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle might be effective in preventing Stretch marks. This can be done by Eating a Healthy Diet. Keeping a Healthy Body Weight. Having Balanced diets with lots of Water