Who can get Stretch Marks?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 23, 2011

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After a certain age, our bodies undergo a radical metamorphosis, due to hormonal changes, from a pre-pubescent childlike structure to a mature teen and then adult form. This change can trigger certain physical alterations to our bodies such as stretch marks. Teen stretch marks are not just a result of general weight gain, but, especially for girls, appear as the hips widen and breasts grow. This occurs in the same way an elastic band loses its elasticity when it is stretched beyond its capacity.


After a Baby


Many women develop stretch marks on their abdomen after giving birth. The scars can be purple in colour and are extremely noticeable in the beginning. Over time the colour will tone down, but the scar or stretch mark remains. Usually women tend to develop these stretch marks in their third trimester, but there have been cases where a woman develops them in the beginning of the pregnancy. Experts suggest that levels of collagen, elastin, and fibrillin change during pregnancy because of the increased levels of hormones. As a result the matrix that supports the skin breaks down. While not painful, the stretching of the skin may cause a tingling or itchy sensation.


Losing or Gaining Weight


When a person gains weight rapidly, the skin will be stretched to a point where it breaks down. It is a problem that primarily happens to women. Skin type along with genetics play a big role in how well your skin adapts to changes such as rapid weight gain. Young men often develop stretch marks from participating in certain body-altering sports such as weightlifting or from the use of dangerous bodybuilding steroidial drugs.

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