Stretch marks, or striae, is a type of streaky scarring as a result of overstretched skin.
Stretch marks, or striae, is a type of streaky scarring as a result of overstretched skin..
Who can get Stretch Marks?
Anyone can get stretch marks although there is a strong hereditary influence and women are 2.5 times more likely to develop them than men. They are common during pregnancy and can also appear at times of rapid growth, such as during puberty and adolescence. They can also be caused by rapid weight gain or loss, weight lifting or even medications.
What causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are caused by rapid weight gain, weight loss, or pregnancy which causes the collagen and elastin fibres in the dermis (middle layer of skin) to stretch and tear. The body responds by forming scar tissues known as stretch marks or striae, which appear through the epidermis (top layer of skin) in the form of purplish or reddish streaks. These marks usually turn lighter over time.
DID YOU KNOW?
About 75-90 percent of pregnant women will acquire stretch marks due to the excessive skin stretching and lack of elasticity during the pregnancy period.