Stretch marks appear on the body in the form of reddish, glossy, thin and parallel streaks that become whitish and look like a scar over time. They can be slightly depressed in the skin and their texture can be different than your normal skin.
According to the webpage MedlinePlus, Cushing’s syndrome (an excess amount of cortisol in the body), pregnancy, puberty, obesity and the excess use of cortisone-based skin creams can cause stretch marks to appear, which generally develop on the breasts, hips, buttocks, abdomen, arms, ankles and knees. They are more common among women than men.
In order to prevent them, recommendations include keeping the skin hydrated, drinking plenty of water, using nourishing creams, avoiding abrupt changes in your bodyweight and eating foods that contain vitamins A, C and E.
Types of stretch marks:
- Puberty-related: These are caused by the hormonal and bodily changes that occur doing this time. They most commonly appear on the buttocks.
- Distension stretch marks: These appear as the result of an abrupt change in weight, both during weight gain and weight loss.
- Atrophic stretch marks: These are common among athletes that stretch and cause their muscle fibers to break as a result of increased muscle mass and forced movements.
- Pregnancy stretch marks: These generally occur during pregnancy. In some cases, however, they are caused by diabetes. They tend to appear on the belly, hips, buttocks, breasts and thighs as these regions receive greater pressure.