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28

All About Stretch Marks – How A Stretch Mark Develops And How To Treat It

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stretch marks All About Stretch Marks   How A Stretch Mark Develops And How To Treat ItIf you have a stretch mark, you know how embarrassing it can be. Luckily, there are some ways to treat stretch marks, but first you need to know about stretch marks and what causes them.

Stretch marks are a big problem for a lot of people. Overweight people are especially prone to them. After all, especially if the weight is packed on at a fast speed, the body can’t always handle it. However, you might think that they only happen to those who are overweight, but that’s not the case at all.  Though weight gain can cause a stretch mark problem, there are a lot of other possibilities.

Puberty

Kids grow extremely fast during puberty. That often means their skin can’t totally keep up with the body during the growth process. That can create stretch marks for anyone of either gender.

Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing’s Syndrome is a medical condition that causes hormones to be over produced within the body. That, in turn, can create stretch marks. So, although you may not have Cushing’s Syndrome, it’s definitely worth considering.

Getting Pregnant

Of course, another big cause of stretch marks is pregnancy. After all, that causes hormone changes. It also causes rapid weight gain. Those two things acting together means that the body might as well just ask for stretch marks.

The Skin’s Layers

If you really want to understand stretch marks, you need to also know about the layers of the skin. They consist of the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, which is also known as the subcutis.

The subcutis is the inner most layer of skin and it consists mainly of connective tissue and fat. The dermis is the next layer, which gives skin its flexibility and helps it have substance and structure. The epidermis is the outer layer, which acts as a protective cover for your body.

When the body grows too fast or too many hormones are released, the dermis sometimes gets stretched too far and so it breaks. In the resulting gash mark, you can see the blood vessels underneath. That’s why stretch marks look purple at first. Later, the blood vessels contract and the color fades out.

Treatment Options

Another thing that you need to know about stretch marks is that they can definitely be treated. There are many different stretch mark treatments, in fact. Lotions are the easiest. However, severe marks might need stronger treatments, such as laser treatments or surgery. So, if you’re really concerned and want to be rid of your stretch marks once and for all, ask your doctor what the best treatment option for you is.

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