Stretch Marks - Stretch Marks Treatment Information

Stretch Mark – An Introduction

24 Feb
2012

A stretch mark is a narrow band that results from tension on the skin like that on abdominal skin after pregnancy. It may be evident when a person grows or rapidly gains weight or is having certain diseases or conditions.
A stretch mark may be caused by

  • Cushing syndrome (a disorder that may occur when the body is exposed to high levels of cortisol hormone).
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a group of inherited disorders characterized by extremely loose joints, hyper-elastic skin that may bruise easily and vulnerable blood vessels).
  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty
  • Obesity
  • Overuse of cortisone skin creams

The stretch mark may depend on color of the skin. It may begin as pink, reddish brown, brown or dark brown and may fade with time to a silvery color. Once it has appeared, it is important to treat stretch mark as early as possible. The stretch responds rapidly when they are red or purple.

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