Stretch Mark 101
by Changlin Teng on Jun 19, 2021
How are Stretch Marks Formed?
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 infection.
Naturally women try to avoid them, investing a lot of time, energy and money to prevent and treat stretch marks. Our mission here at AIM Medical® is to provide women and men the best, highest quality and most effective scar prevention and therapy products, restoring your confidence and your skin.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors:
Skin Type – your risk is higher if you have fair skin
Family History – your risk is higher if stretch marks run in your family
Prior History – your risk is higher if you had prior stretch marks during puberty
Controllable Risk Factors:
Dermis Hydration State: – the overall health of the dermis significantly impacts your risk of stretch marks
Weight Gain – your risk is lower if you avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy
Hydration – your risk is lower if you drink eight glasses of water each day