STRETCH-MARKS : DEFINITION, CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, RISK FACTORS, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT.
DEFINITION AND CAUSES
Stretch marks are indented lines that occur often on the stomach, breasts, legs, buttocks, and thighs. Those occur when the skin is stretched abruptly and is extremely common. They get less visible over time. Anyone may develop stretch marks, although it is more common in pregnant women, especially during the last trimester, and they also tend to affect more women than men.
This type of scarring occurs when after a period of intense growth the skin is unable to resume normal form, often due to pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, or puberty. Through childbirth, more than 50% of women experience stretch marks.
Stretch marks are not painful or harmful but some people are worried about how they make their skin look like. Several factors, including your genetic tendency, degree of stress on the skin and level of cortisone, affect their severity. A hormone produced by the adrenal glands, cortisone weakens the skin’s elastic fibers.
Not all stretch marks look alike. Depending on how long you have them, what caused them, where they are on your body, and the type of skin you have, they differ. Different variations include the following:
- Indented skin bands or lines
- Streaks of orange, yellow, brown, blue or purple.
- Bright stripes fading to a lighter color.
- Abdominal stripes, breasts, hips, buttocks or thighs.
- Streaks covering large body areas
While anyone can develop stretch marks, some factors increase your chances of obtaining them, including:
- Being a woman
- Have a stretch mark family history
- Being pregnant, especially within a younger age.
- Being obese or overweight
- Gaining or losing weight quickly
- Use of treatment containing corticosteroids
- Procedure undergoing breast extension
- The syndrome of Cushing, Marfan syndrome or some other genetic disorders
It is not always possible to prevent stretch marks. The following steps, however, can help to reduce the risk:
- Keep your weight healthy. You will gain weight during pregnancy for a relatively short period of time. Consult with your doctor by eating well and exercising to avoid gaining too much. This not only minimizes stretch marks, but also makes you and your baby healthy.
- Avoid yo-yo dieting.
- Eat a balanced diet that is rich in minerals and vitamins. Using an appropriate amount of vitamins A and C will help support the body, as well as zinc and silicon minerals.
- Aim to increase weight slowly and gradually during pregnancy.
- Drink about five to eight glasses of water every day.
Tretinoin cream (Retin-A, Renova) acts to restore collagen, a fibrous protein that helps to give elasticity to your body. Using this cream on recent red or pink stretch marks is best. This cream can cause irritation of the body. You should not use Tretinoin cream if you are pregnant. Pregnant woman are advised to wait after delivery before usage of any stretch-marks treatment.
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STRETCHMARKS ERADICATION LOTION AND SOAP