What causes stretch marks? (2)

Posted on 14 Mar, 2012

The last article looked at the role of hormones in the appearance of stretch marks. There, however, other causes:

Corticosteroids are often used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, and can be administered as a pill or a cream. It is effective at reducing the inflammation associated with eczema, but it can also lower the levels of collagen in the skin. If these levels become depleted, the skin loses elasticity and can stretch and tear more easily.

Stretch marks are also sometimes symptomatic of an underlying health problem, such as Cushing’s syndrome. Those suffering from this syndrome will produce very high levels of the hormone cortisol, producing stretch marks that cab be extensive and darker than the usual marks. The excess cortisol can also cause an increase in facial and body hair, as well as weight, and requires medical attention.

Whatever the causes of stretch marks, they can be difficult to accept and put up with. They fade slowly, and the skin will never look the same as the surrounding tissue again. Keeping the skin hydrated will help to maintain its suppleness and reduce the itching, while stretch mark removal can significantly improve their appearance.