Stretch Marks: What are they and the risks they pose

11 Sep 2020
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Stretch mark is a slight ridge or indentation on skins that typically appear as bands of parallel lines. It’s different in color and texture than normal skin, which are normally ranging from purple to bright pink to light gray. Stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly, causing stretch marks to form. Besides that, the fluctuant hormone levels of cortisone, which are naturally produced by adrenal glands, is also one of the reasons why stretch marks are formed. Having too much cortisone can make the skin lose its elasticity, causing the collagen and elastin of our skin, to rupture. Stretch marks occur in dermis, which is the resilient middle tissue layer that helps to skin retain its shape. Stretch marks are common on the stomach; breasts, upper arms, thighs and buttocks, and sometimes can make the person feel itchy and sore.


Now that we know what causes stretch marks to form, who is at risk for developing stretch marks? Read on, and you will find out! Stretch marks normally appear during or after pregnancy, as skin stretches in numerous ways to make room for the developing baby; the continual tugging and stretching will cause stretch marks to form. Teenagers who are going through puberty are also at risk for developing stretch marks after a sudden growth spurt. Stretch marks sometimes may appear when one rapidly gains or loses weight. Besides that, those who have other adrenal gland disorders such as: Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan’s syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, are more likely to have stretch marks as the amount of cortisone in the body increases.


Stretch marks pose no health risk and of themselves, do not compromise the body’s ability to function normally and repair itself, however, they are often considered a cosmetic nuisance. In this case, physical modalities will be one of the methods to improve the appearance of stretch marks. In Singapore, medical aesthetic clinics and dermatology clinics are the places that provide stretch marks treatments, such as ultrasound, radiofrequency, laser therapy etc. These procedures are only to be done by professional aesthetic doctors and certified dermatologists, as it is considered as outpatient procedures. These procedures help to improve the appearance of stretch marks, encouraging the growth of collagen and elastin so that the stretch marks are less noticeable.


However, despite the procedures that need professional touch, the best treatment for stretch marks appears to be prevention. Having the skin moisturize might help to prevent stretch marks to form. Pure aloe vera is known as a natural healing agent and skin softener. It moisturizes the skin and lessens the itchiness that happens when the skin stretches. Besides that, women also use coconut oil during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. Applying virgin coconut oil will also reduce the appearance even after stretch marks are formed due to pregnancy. By keeping the skin hydrated, it’ll help the skin to keep the elastin that the skin needs to keep from scarring, making stretch marks less likely.

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