Unappealing stretch marks can make one cringe at their own body. They can make you prone to body shaming. It’s likely that you may have covered your stretch marks with clothing or makeup at one time or another.
For many women, stretch marks are the worst feature of pregnancy. They feel that the stretch marks mar their attractiveness and make a long-lasting change in their physical appearance. (1)
Commonly associated with pregnancy, stretch marks can occur on anyone. Medically, stretch marks are referred to as stria or striae. Pregnancy-induced stretch marks are called striae gravidarum.
Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks usually appear due to dramatic weight loss or gains, such as during the growth spurt in adolescence or rapid weight gain during pregnancy. (1)
The hormonal imbalance at puberty and in pregnancy or menopause is also a factor that gives rise to stretch marks in a female body. The hormonal imbalance reduces the skin’s elasticity and makes it more prone to dryness and damage.
Lack of collagen, which provides the skin its elasticity, can also make a person prone to stretch marks quickly.
Symptoms of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks usually appear as bands of parallel lines on the skin that exhibit a different color and texture than the natural complexion of your skin.