Stretch marks are annoying but do you know why they appear? Please keep reading to know the exact reason behind them.
Stretch marks are fine lines developed in our skin. The primary reason for stretch marks is skin stretching, either due to fast growth or weight gain. They have a scar-like appearance. They appear because when skin is overly stretched, it disrupts the collagen and elastin. In the beginning, they might appear as red or purple lines, but with time they lighten and eventually disappear.
Stretch marks are commonly seen in pregnant females, obese and bodybuilding individuals as they gain weight fast. However, stretch marks can develop during puberty too. Applying or consuming corticosteroids for a long time can also give you stretch marks.
In most cases, stretch marks go away on their own, or their color fades away, and they slightly shrink beneath the skin. This eventually lightens their appearance. If they persist and you want to get them removed, you should see a dermatologist who might use prescription topical creams, laser treatment or microdermabrasion. An early application of treatment ensures fast recovery. Such treatments are not recommended in teens. However, these treatments are expensive.
About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.