Stretch marks are very common. Stretch marks are scar-resembling streaks that appear in overstretched skin. They tend to develop during the growth spurt in adolescence, in pregnancy when abdomen is expanding or due to rapid weight gain. They’re harmless and often get less visible over time. While the skin’s fibres allow for growth, the dermis is not prepared to withstand abrupt changes in body mass. Consequently, this over-stretching forces the dermis’ fibres to break and the blood vessels contained in deeper skin tissue to show through, creating the condition’s distinguishing streaks and lines.
SYMPTOMS OF STRETCH MARKS
Stretch marks look like lines or streaks across the skin. Stretch marks can be pink, red, brown, black, silver or purple. They usually start off darker and fade over time. Stretch marks are most common on the tummy, chest, upper arms, legs, bottom, hips or back.
CAUSES OF STRETCH MARKS
Stretch marks are often caused by sudden growth or weight gain. You may be more likely to get them if you:
- are pregnant
- are going through puberty
- lose or gain weight quickly
- are female
- are overweight
- use some kinds of steroid creams or tablets
- have a family member with stretch marks.
PREVENTION OF STRETCH MARKS
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Lose weight
- Maintain a daily moisture routine