Stretch marks are usually the scratches that are often seen on the skin of body parts where fat is concentrated, such as in the breasts, upper abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, and thighs. Stretch marks can occur on anyone, both women and men. Fortunately, these scratches on the skin can be removed.
These red, pink or purple stripes will eventually turn white or gray, depending on the color of the skin.
Not everyone has stretch marks. This condition is only experienced by people whose skin contains little collagen or protein that makes the skin supple. Stretch marks generally occur because your body grows faster than the development and elasticity of the skin.
When the skin stretches rapidly due to the expansion of the limbs or weight gain, the middle layer of the skin (dermis) will thin until the underlying layer appears to the surface. This condition is called stretch marks.
Conditions that can cause stretch marks include:
- Weight gain drastically
- Family members who have a history of stretch marks
- Puberty, when the body grows rapidly
- Certain health disorders, such as Marfan syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome. Cushing’s syndrome causes the body to produce excess cortisol hormone, causing stretch marks. While Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects connective tissue and skin
- Improper consumption of corticosteroid drugs. Corticosteroids are commonly used in the form of creams to treat certain skin conditions such as eczema. This substance has the same effect as the hormone cortisol. Before stretch marks form, the skin will thin out and reddish lines or stripes appear, sometimes accompanied by itching. Eventually, this line will turn white which will then disappear, possibly in a matter of months or years. The red color on the skin appears because the thin layer of dermis makes the blood vessels beneath it appear and appear on the surface. These stripes turn white after the blood vessels contract.
Stretch marks are a common condition that is not always preventable. However, there are several ways that stretch marks can not be developed.
- Healthy weight
Stretch marks are most often caused by rapid weight gain. Therefore, keep your weight in a stable condition. If you want to lose weight, do it gradually. Try not to lose more than half a kilogram per week.
- Healthy eating patterns
Healthy and fresh food can keep the skin healthy so as to prevent the occurrence of stretch marks. Get used to consuming foods rich in vitamin E, vitamin C, protein, and zinc.
- Weight gain during pregnancy
Women’s weight gain during pregnancy varies but generally ranges from 10 – 12.5 kg. You will be more at risk of having stretch marks if your weight gain during pregnancy is above average. You can consult this with your obstetrician.
30th September 2020 15:38