5 things you might not know about stretch marks. Photo: Getty Images 5 things you might not know about stretch marks. Photo: Getty Images

5 things you might not know about stretch marks

But do you know exactly what they are and how stretch marks can occur? Discover it here!

The celebs raise the flag of knowing how to wear and show off stretch marks as an act of resistance. Faced with this positive trend, many women began to wonder in depth what exactly stretch marks are and how they can occur. Here, a guide for you to know more about this topic.

A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Photo: Getty Images

1. What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks are visible marks or lines on the skin, usually long and fine, that occur when the skin is stretched rapidly. For example, rapid weight gain or pregnancy causes elastic fibers to break. It is a breakdown of collagen that is visible on the surface of the skin.

2. Men have stretch marks too
Although stretch marks tend to mostly affect women, men can develop them too. Especially in the case of adolescents, stretch marks appear on the back, covering the spine in horizontal lines. And among those who practice bodybuilding, they usually appear on the shoulders.

A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Photo: Getty Images

3. Stretch marks can come out anywhere
Although they are more common in areas that tend to store fat (such as the abdomen, chest, upper arms, buttocks, and thighs) stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body where the skin has been stretched. There is a specific type of stretch marks that are caused by Cushing's Syndrome, a rare disease due to an elevated blood level of a hormone called cortisol. In this case, the marks are usually wider and larger and can appear on the face.

4. There is no evidence that they can be prevented
Although there are currently many products on the market that claim that they can prevent the appearance of stretch marks, the reality is that there is very little scientific evidence about their effectiveness. Moisturizers cannot prevent collagen breakdown, so they cannot prevent stretch marks. Care: They can make skin look and feel smoother and softer.

5. Appear in pregnancy
Although they are not an inevitable consequence of pregnancy, stretch marks are very common: they affect 90% of pregnant women. The likelihood of a pregnant woman getting stretch marks depends to some extent on genetic factors, but also on how much her belly grows. Mothers who have multiple pregnancies are more likely to appear.

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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