Stretch marks are more than a mode as, now, almost everybody got it, even like some of them do not know what it is. Do not worry they are not dangerous that’s why we forget them sometimes. But when comes summer we remember that they are though present. Why? Because they are more of an aesthetic problem than anything else.
For those who want to be sexy in their bikinis during the summer, or just feel good about themselves and want to do a diet to get there do not forget this question which is an essential point. Can you get stretchmarks by losing weight? because we all know how difficult it is to find beautiful skin after a harsh diet. Who would want to put on their bikini or tank top and look like a zebra? No one for sure.
WHAT EXACTLY STRETCH MARKS LOOK LIKE?
First of they are thick and slightly swollen, they can become smoothed over the time for some people, but for others they will become rather frowned with the appearance of zebras.
They are also called Striae distansae by the scientific. These are small and soft lines like tears formed on the skin. They appear when the skin is submitted at an exaggerated distention or breakage of the elastic fibers of the dermis during a period of taking or losing a significant weight very fast.
Depending on of the race, the stretch marks have different color. On the black people they have yellow color, but some black people get dark stretch marks. On white people they are red at their first appearance but they turn purple or white color after a certain time.
Stretch marks are scars that appear anywhere on the body that fat is stored. But the most common parts of your body that you might get stretch marks are on your back, on your stomach, on your breasts, upper arms, thighs, behind the knees and buttocks. I have seen some rare cases have them on arms.
WHERE THE STRETCH MARKS COME FROM?
Stretch marks typically result from overstretching of the skin. The skin stretches during the major growth spurts associated with pregnancy and puberty. Certain health conditions, such as Cushing syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can also cause stretch marks. Medications, such as corticosteroid creams, pills or lotions, can cause stretch marks to form as a side effect. In summary, we can say that, weight changes can cause stretch mark formation. It is very simple and easier to say it that way because it is more complicated than that.
In fact, In a very brief way all happens in the skin between fibers and proteins named collagen and elastin. These two give the skin its tonicity. So when these proteins diminish in the body, the skin is getting exposed to a looseness which makes it flaccid.
WHO MAY HAVE STRETCH MARKS?
The stretch marks are not only a story of women as I’ve heard some persons said, every sex are concerned. Even if women are more exposed than men, men can have it as well. The following put you at greater risk for developing stretch marks:
– Being pregnant due to a rapid stretching of the skin and elevated cortisol levels.
– Puberty period due to a growth spurt that put skin under tension and elevated cortisol levels.
– Being overweight due to a constant stretching of the skin.
– Having a family history of stretch marks
– Expectant of a large baby or twins will put your skin under a tension and make your skin crack.
– Having dramatic weight loss or gain
Lots of people that make too much diet are not acquainted that losing a considerable weight on a short time expose them to stretch marks likewise the ones that already have stretch marks think that losing weight will help them to erase their stretch marks. However, weight loss may not only make old stretch marks worse, but also cause new ones to form.
WHAT CAUSE STRETCHMARKS DURING WEIGHT LOSS?
Now we know weight loss may make your stretch marks worse, especially rapid weight loss, but how a weight loss can give you stretchmarks when we know that they are coming from the stretching of the skin? Normally when you lose weight the skin don’t stretch so what cause you stretch marks when you are losing weight? To understand that process you want to keep reading.
Anyone who loses weight is not likely to have stretch marks. It’s those who lose more than 2 to 3 lbs of weight each week who are the most exposed. For weight loss, calories are not the entire picture. Hormonal balance is key to helping you burn fat and look and feel your very best at any age. In other words, burning fat and achieving successful weight loss is in fact partly a hormonal event.
Therefore, while you are losing weight, your body produces hormones that disrupt the collagen production of your skin. This disruption can result in the formation of stretch marks. In addition to this, weight loss often makes stretch marks caused by overstretching of the skin to appear more prominent. As your skin relaxes from weight loss, the stretch marks get closer together, and appear as though you have more. In addition to that, the part of the body where there were stretch marks before weight loss will look extremely crumpled.
Losing weight is one of the biggest challenges of many people. Only, when we have lost a certain amount of weight, we have an excess of skin too, which is often difficult to manage. It is because of this excess skin that preexisting stretch marks become much more visible because they are now closer than before. This same excess skin also causes the formation of new stretch marks.
Definitely yes, you can get stretch marks by losing weight. But that’s not the reason you’re going to give up; You have to weigh the pros and cons, what is more important to you? Your weight loss or do not get stretch marks?
So if you really want to lose weight these stretch marks should in no way be a drag, you can do your diet while taking precautions necessary to avoid first that the new stretch marks appear and secondly that the old ones are too visible.