Stretch marks, also known medically as striae, are streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. The most commonly affected areas are the stomach, thighs, buttocks and breasts. Stretch marks are caused by sudden stretching of the skin. This can occur as a result of pregnancy, rapid weight gain and growth spurts during puberty. Stretch marks often start off as red or purple streaks that gradually fade to silvery-white lines in the skin.
Stretch marks occur in the dermis, the middle layer of skin. The dermis contains fibres called collagen and elastin which help to keep the skin supple and allow the skin to stretch as your body grows. However, if the skin is stretched suddenly over a short period of time the fibres over-stretch and break causing the dermis to tear. The tears in the dermis allow the blood vessels in the deeper layers of skin to show through. This is what gives stretch marks the red or purple colour when they first appear. Eventually the exposed blood vessels contract and only the fat beneath which is pale in colour, will show through causing the stretch marks to fade to the silvery-white colour. People with more collagen in their skin are less likely to develop stretch marks.
Stretch marks are very common in both men and women. Around 8 out of 10 pregnant women are affected by stretch marks. Not only is your skin stretched to its limit, the production of special hormones during pregnancy can make you more likely to develop stretch marks. Specialised hormones designed to soften the ligaments in your pelvis to make giving birth easier also soften the fibres in the skin making you prone to stretch marks
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