Causes of Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are defined as fine lines of thin tissue that appear on the body during pregnancy and weight gain occasions. Our skins are flexible in nature but during rapid growth, collagen production becomes disrupted. Collagen is the protein responsible for making the skin connective tissue to be smooth in texture. This consequently leads to appearance of reddish lines on the skin along with a rough texture that turns grayish eventually before fading. Stretch marks affect both genders but more significant on women. They usually become visible during pregnancy.


Besides pregnancy, the condition tends to afflict the obese individuals, people with excess body fats and also the body builders due to rapidly body changes. Heredity has also been found to play a big role in the occurrence of stretch marks on the body. It is normal to find some people born with a dry skin that is less elastic as compared to other people. In these instances, it will require less body change in a short period of time to develop stretch marks. Also, many steroids which are taken through contact with the skin can cause stretch marks in one’s body.


Stretch marks will eventually fade over time, although they will never naturally be removed from your skin. There are a few medical operations and products that you can use to help remove the stretch marks from your body, ranging from surgery to a variety of creams available which claim to help remove stretch marks. These operations and creams are very expensive and most of them are not very good or dangerous, so it is best to help reduce your chances of developing stretch marks in the first place. This can be done by insuring that you are drinking a sufficient amount of water daily. It is also important not to drink excessive amounts of caffeine found in coffee, soda, and other drinks, as caffeine will help weaken the dermis, the layer of skin which gives it elasticity. Research has also shown that a healthy balanced diet helps reduce the chances of stretch marks.


Make sure that your diet includes protein rich food such as eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, milk, yogurt, and other dairy products. Zinc rich foods such as fish, as well as foods rich in vitamins will also help. A proper intake of fruits, vegetables, dairy and grain foods can all help reduce your chances of developing stretch marks. Stretch Marks are a truly unfortunate condition. It is best that you make all attempts at avoiding them if possible. Try to be sure to maintain a healthy balanced diet and have a sufficient intake of water. There are certain times in your life where the chances of stretch marks are high and it is not feasible to avoid these because of circumstances, such as pregnancy. In these cases talk to a dermatologist (skin doctor) to determine what treatment is best for you if they do develop on your skin.