What Causes Stretch Marks?
Your skin is made to stretch and flex in response to the movements of your body, but it can only stretch so far. If the shape of your body changes rapidly, the stress on the skin can prove to be too much. This leads to the changes in skin texture and tone that are commonly called stretch marks or striae.
Stretch marks often develop during pregnancy (often in the abdominal area) and they can also arise due to rapid weight gain or during periods of rapid growth during puberty. Some medications and medical conditions that change levels of a hormone called cortisol can also affect skin texture, leading to the appearance of stretch marks.
Addressing and Preventing Stretch Marks
If you know that you're at risk for developing stretch marks, keeping your skin properly hydrated can help improve resilience. Stretch mark body lotions can be used to add extra moisture to the skin in order to help keep it firm. Stretch marks usually fade or become less noticeable over time.
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