Even though the skin is amazingly flexible and adaptable it does get to a point where it can no longer stretch any more without showing the signs of wear and tear. Stretch marks occur when skin stretches suddenly. The dermis (inner layer of skin) gets thinner as it stretches and tears. These small tears mean you can see the blood vessels and that is what gives stretch marks their pinky red color. After a period of time the blood vessels contract and the stretch marks get a silvery appearance.
Stretch marks do not only result due to quick weight rise and fall for those who are obese, it can also manifest due to bodybuilding. The bulking series of a bodybuilder is a period of quick muscle enlargement and weight increase. In view of this, the unattractive blemishing can manifest even if these bodybuilders have a picturesque, well-sculpted body. If you want to go on bodybuilding, it is important that you should begin using stretch mark prevention creams prior to undergoing any training to maintain the elasticity as well as hydration of your skin.
Also known as striae, stretch marks are not harmful. Some men do not seem to be predisposed to getting stretch marks. Doctors think that is because their bodies overproduce a hormone called corticosteroid. This decreases the amount of collagen a protein in the skin fibers that keep it stretchy. Try to prevent stretch marks before they begin.
Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are common in:
- Adolescence when you have periods of fast growth. Not great for teens when appearance is so important.
- Athletes training bulks up muscle. Stretch marks are very common in weight lifters.
- In weight loss or weight gain where the skin undergoes rapid changes.
The same principle of weight gain applies to women during pregnancy and that is why up to 70% of pregnant women get stretch marks.Straie (stretch marks) can also occur as a result of disease. These diseases include Cushing's Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, over use of steroid hormones, and sometimes in diabetes. Stretch mark prevention.