Stretch Marks

Life is stressful enough. You deserve to feel comfortable in your skin.

Stretch Marks, or Stria Distensae in the medical community, a natural skin condition afflicting both men and women. Thankfully, stretch marks rarely cause serious health issues; however, those of us with stretch marks know very well the stress, psychological harm and discomfort stretch marks pose. While the exact cause of how or why stretch marks develop is undergoing extensive research, the factors that cause these unsightly marks are still poorly understood. Various theories exist, ranging from rapid stretching of the dermis (i.e. rapid weight gain during pregnancy or body building), growth spurts during puberty in adolescents, increase in certain hormones, others pose genetics may play a role and some scientists even propose stretch marks can result from infection1.

Naturally women try to avoid them, investing a lot of time, energy and money to prevent and treat stretch marks. Our mission here at ScarMD® is to provide women and men the best, highest quality and most effective scar prevention and therapy products, restoring your confidence and your skin.

Common Causes of Stretch Marks:

UNCONTROLLABLE RISK FACTORS:
  • Skin Type – your risk is higher if you have fair skin1
  • Family History – your risk is higher if stretch marks run in your family1,4,5
  • Prior History – your risk is higher if you had prior stretch marks during puberty1
CONTROLLABLE RISK FACTORS:
  • Dermis Hydration State: – the overall health of the dermis significantly impacts your risk of stretch marks4
  • Weight Gain – your risk is lower if you avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy1,3,4
  • Hydration – your risk is lower if you drink eight glasses of water each day4

References:

  1. Elsaie, E. MD, Baumann, S. MD, Elsaaiee L. MD, 2009. Striae Distensae (Stretch Marks) and Different Modalities of Therapy: An Update. Dermatol Surg 2009;35:563-573.
  2. Chang AL, Agredano YZ, Kimball AB. Risk factors associated with striae gravidarum. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.2004;51(6):881-5
  3. Atwal GS, Manku LK, Griffiths CE, Polson DW. Striae gravidarum in primiparae. British Journal of Dermatology. 2006;155(5):965-9.
  4. J-Orh R, Titapant V, Chuenwattana P, Tontisirin P. Prevalence and associated factors for striae gravidarum. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand.2008;91(4):445-51.
  5. Osman H, Rubeiz N, Tamim H, Nassar AH. Risk factors for the development of striae gravidarum. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2007;196(1):62.e1-5.
  6. Mallol, J., Belda, M.A. et al. 1990. Prophylaxis of Striae gravidarum with a ttopical formulation. A double blind trial. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. 13:51-57.

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