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Stretch Marks Causes  

Stretch marks are the result of distension of the skin in certain areas. This may be normal, as the case of a pregnancy; or accidental, the result of taking certain medications that contain steroids. In general the common causes suspected in the development of stretch marks include the following:  

Hormones/Pregnancy : stretch marks are often related to hormonal changes which affects the skin at the time of puberty and/or during pregnancy among women. In fact, nearly 90 % of women have stretch marks after their pregnancy. Women with multiple pregnancies are more at risk. Often, the first stripes appear around the 4th month, when the abdominal is really starting to swell. 

Weight Loss : the skin of people who are obese are prone to distension directly related to the amount of fat in reserve. After they lose weight, the skin does not find its usual structure and is stretched; this can lead to development of stretch marks. That is why stretch marks tend to develop in the areas of the body where there is a reserve of fat.  

Medication Use : stretch marks may be the consequence of inappropriate use of corticosteroids (cortisone) either in the form of creams, lotions, pills, or injection. In fact, even in the absence of corticosteroid drugs, stretch marks can form; In this case, it is the result of excessive secretion of cortisol (hypercortisolism) in the blood (Cushing’s disease). 

Some Sports : weightlifting is a sport consists of lifting heavy weights. During the event, the athlete lifts the weight, arm outstretched above the head in one dynamic movement. It is a sport that requires strength as well as mastering particular techniques: speed, flexibility, coordination and balance. Individual who practice weightlifting are also likely to have stretch marks.  

Certain Diseases: certain medical conditions such as Cushing's syndrome, Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and adrenal gland diseases can lead to formation of stretch marks. 


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