What causes stretch marks?
The causes that provoke stretch marks can be completely different. Moreover, stretch marks can not be considered a purely female problem, in some diseases, representatives of the strong half of humanity can also have stretch marks on their bodies.
The main cause of the appearance of striae are hormonal failures, changes in any etiology, both natural and pathological. Skin stretches can "beautify" the body during a period of rapid sexual development, endocrine pathologies also provoke the appearance of stretch marks due to their hormone dependence. As for the hormonal cause, even long-term use of hormonal drugs can provoke stretch marks.
The next most important reason - a sharp change in body weight, like a strong weight loss, and a set of extra pounds exposes the outer layer of the epidermis to stress. Most often stretch marks accompany the joyful period of pregnancy, slightly overshadowing the life of the future mother with their visual unaesthetic manifestations. The more a woman gains weight (and the weight and speed of the set affect the elasticity), the more scars she has on her body. The hips and abdomen are the most exposed due to the fact that it is there that the subcutaneous fat layer accumulates. Less often in this sense, the chest suffers, the skin there is more elastic and adaptive to changes.
Skin stretch marks are classically considered to be the subject of women's anxiety, but striae can also appear in men who are overweight or have hormonal pathologies. Often stretch marks appear in men in old age, which is also associated with hormonal changes in the body. Baby stretch marks are also a fairly frequent phenomenon. In general, striae occur in adolescents in the puberty period, boys are less likely, girls are much more likely. Skin stretch marks can be in children and with more serious health problems, for example, scleroderma. Then striae are localized in not quite typical places - on the back, legs and even face.